Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunny days & great big fat crochet

We've had some really beautiful days here lately. Recently, I made a small kitchen rug for Jon's mom.

I like crochet because it's very forgiving. And it's quick. And fun. And relaxing. But mostly forgiving - you can pretty much do your own thing and stuff still turns out great. :)

I didn't really use a pattern or anything. Just work up your first row of single crochets until it looks about right for the center, then turn, putting a few extra stitches in the end to make up for the turn and just keep going to your heart's content 'til you're happy. Like I said, very forgiving craft, that crochet. (If you want some actual real steps on how I did this, contact me and I'd be glad to help with more detailed instructions.)

Anyway, it worked up in a few hours. Probably would've been less than that -but I had a really great "helper". So...you know how that goes.

This kind of thing is really fun and easy to do. I also have another great big - like huge - full room-sized one of these that's been in progress since last year. All kinds of colors. A project like this is great for when your hands want to be busy but you're uninspired or just too tired to focus on anything more complex. Here we go - picture of the big one.

As you can see, I get a lot of help around here...

UPDATE: Due to popular request, I've created a vlog tutorial series on this project.  If you want more detailed instruction on this project, please visit the links below.  If you have questions after that - I'd be glad to help!

60 comments:

Linda said...

Love it! Looks like a great project to use up all my bits and pieces of fabric I just don't have the heart to throw away - just need to get some helpers like yours ;-)
Thanks for sharing
Linda / www.paperphine.com

two_girls said...

This is absolutely wonderful! Beautiful colors!

Alice said...

Wow! Love it! What materials did you use? Just old fabric strips?

Cassandra said...

Thank you ladies!

@Linda - The helpers are a crucial part of the whole project. ;)

@Alice - Yes, these are all just old sheets and (thinnish) blankets I found at thrift stores for cheap.

mestreeter said...

I am curious what size needle you use and how thick you cut your strips?

Cassandra said...

Hmm...I just pulled out the needle and surprisingly there is no size on it. Measuring the diameter - I'd say it's 5/8" or 1 1/2 cm wide.

I used a variety of materials - mostly sheets but sometimes old blankets or curtains. Sheets I cut in strips 3-4" wide. And blankets (like fleece thickness) no more than 2-3". Thanks for your interest!

Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) said...

i LIKE IT!!
I have some material`, perhaps I can to make something similar ;D
Kisses from Madrid

Shanarun said...

Oh, I LOVE this! What a great way to have fun while relaxing!! I can crochet a chain, that's it. So.... how are your circles "attached?" Do you loop into a circular row every X number of loops; or, maybe going back and attaching after? If you get a chance to answer, just pretend you are talking to a 6 yr. old, and that should do it!
Thanks!

Cassandra said...

Lol! I started this by chaining maybe 10 - can't remember exactly - whatever looked right - and then slip stitching together to create a circle. Then single crochet in that round all the way around and slip stitch together again.

In the first rows, I was slip stitching each row to the beginning stitch then chain one to jump up to go around again. But after a while I would lose track of where my row started (and honestly you could probably just do this from the beginning) - so I just kept going. Around and around and around. Super easy. No counting.

The one tip I can give is if the rug starts curling up on you, it's too tight. You need to add a crochet here and there (I'd do one additional crochet like every 3-5 crochets or so). And if you start seeing it ripple, you've got too many stitches - start skipping occasionally. Again, like every one out of five. If you can't quite get it right even doing those two things, don't worry - the next few rows should even it out anyway. You'll get the hang of it after a while.

Good luck and feel free to email me w/any more questions!

kathleenevans said...

Hi!

Where can I get the steps for this project?

KAthleen

Cassandra said...

Hi Kathleen! I posted most of the instructions above (in the comments) already. Please feel free to email me if you need more detail though and I'll try to do a step by step for you. Thanks for stopping in!

Alex said...

Hi! Can I do this even if I don't know how to crochet?
thanks!

Cassandra said...

Hi Alex! Nope - this method uses crochet. I know there are probably other ways to do similar rugs, like braiding or knotting - but I don't know how to do those.

But you really only need to know the very very basics to do this project. YouTube is a great (free!) source for picking up the basic techniques and it'd be a great project for you to learn on! Feel free to email me if you need help!

Phat Foodie said...

this is awesome!

JULIE ♥ ADORE said...

wow, good work

Cassandra said...

Thanks for the kind comments - and for stoppin in!

random thoughts do or di said...

thank you...I want to make this rug. Just curious...are you Polish? Flight of the pook makes me wonder. If not, ignore my question.
diane

Cassandra said...

Lol! I AM part Polish. Although I don't understand the correlation btwn that and the Pook part? Can you explain? :)

knit-wit-tess said...

I was wondering what you used for the crocheting? Did you just buy some fabric, make it into strips and then tie them together and make a ball?
I'd love to make one of these and I would know how but I just can't figure out what it is you used.

Cassandra said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping in. I cover a lot of the details for this project in the comments above. If you need more help, I'd be glad to answer any more questions - feel free to email me :)

PooknflipProductions[at]gmail[dot]com

Seedplanter Designs said...

Okay, I am adding you to my list of crafty geniuses. This rug is gorgeous! I like that you don't have complicated instructions, too. :)

Cassandra said...

You're so sweet! I can't take credit really - women have been making rugs like this for decades. I know! Don't you love how easy it is?!

A.L. said...

@cassandra: the hook i saw in the pic is a size Q hook, i have one myself. there is alson another size up "s"

i have a blanket i made in the same instance.

Cassandra said...

Oooh, good eyes! Thanks for the help :)

Tami said...

Wow! this is so cool! I want to learn how to crochet/knit! High Five

Amy said...

I was so inspired by your rug that I made one for myself! But to get a more uniform look, I very quickly machine stitched each strip together. It took some time but in the end it really made for a very put together finished project :) I LOVED that nothing about this is precise. Some of my stips ended up in a less than straight line with jagged edges and whatnot and you can't tell a single bit when looking at the rug. Thank you for you inspiration!

Cassandra said...

That is so cool, Amy! I'm so glad you were inspired! And I love that you did your own thing with it. I'd love to see pics of yours! I know what you mean - my strips were so crazy - but you'd never really know by looking at the rug :)

nancycreations said...

oH i LOVE THIS it is wonderful going to get sarted right away

Melanie said...

This is s cute. I have fun sheets that I just didn't know what to do with. Can't wait for part 2. Thanks!

kathryn said...

This is a great craft for getting rid of all those pesky plastic bags. Just cut your strips into 2" widths.

Cassandra said...

Your right! I'm planning on doing a "plarning" tutorial in the near future as well. Stay tuned!

kittenscout said...

This is really lovely; I have so much scrap material, and I've always wanted to give crocheting a proper go, I think I'll give it a shot! This post has made me follow your blog, keep posting excellent things!

Your cats are very sweet too btw!

diana said...

Hi!
I so want to make this rug its beautiful, but I have never made anything like this before. would you mind giving me some detailed instruction on how to make this?
-Diana

Cassandra said...

Hi Diana! I can't contact you b/c your profile is private, so hopefully you get this! I did a series of 3 "vlogs" explaining this whole process. There's a link to the first one in the original post. Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!

Christy said...

Once you run out of material (or want to start to add a new circle of color), how do you connect the new one in? I am new to crocheting so I was wondering...or should I just youtube it maybe?

Bizz said...

I am so in love with this idea! I haven't crocheted in years but I'm going to give it a shot. I cleaned out my hubby's closet and got about 20 shirts that aren't good enough to donate so I'm going to cut into strips. I think as I get to the end of each strip, I will do a quick blanket stitch to attach the next one. I think I'll get a good size rug for in front of the kitchen sink. :o) Thanks!!

Cassandra said...

Hi Bizz! What a great idea with the shirts! Kudos for a wonderful upcycle idea. I bet it'll be a really soft squishy rug. Mmmm! (You're absolutely welcome.) :)

Nachtgewächs said...

oh hello,
I found you at Pinterest, where I am searching for crochet. I saw your cute cats and your red kitty looks exactly like my cat Maja. We have a black cat too, her name is Julchen.
hugs
Ariane

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ariane! Thats neat that we have similar kitties. :) My orange one is named Cooper. And the black one is Moe. They're both boys. Love 'em!

jlhall said...

Thank you SO much for sharing this!! I have always wanted to own a rug like this but they were just so expensive! Now, I can make my own!!! This is definitely going on my to do list!! Thanks again for sharing!! And, your helpers are precious!!

cherrytash1985 said...

You may have said this but how much of a rug did one sheet make? Love this idea! I need a couple rugs and I'd love to do this!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Hi Cherry!

Unfortunately, one sheet won't make any rugs. :) If you look at the pics, you can see the color changes. Each color change is one sheet (sometimes two). I made a small kitchen rug (approx 3-4' x 2') and I thiiiink it took 4 sheets. I'm not positive on that though. Hope that helps!

EGrigsby6242 said...

Here is my finished rag rug. I love it! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me :)

http://pinterest.com/pin/21673641926425269/

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Aw, your welcome! Thanks for sharing your pic with me! I'm going to be doing a compilation post soon of all the rugs people have sent me over the last year or so. It's so fun seeing all you guys' work!

Cassie said...

Thanks for the cute idea!! I'm a Cassandra myself, and oddly enough, I call my son Pooka...kindred spirits maybe? :)

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Could be! ;) You're welcome and thank YOU for stoppin by!

LES is More said...

Has anyone used t-shirt strips to crochet one of these round rugs? I think that would work well too--as you stretch the strips, they roll up to look like yarn! You would need a lot of shirts, but considering my kids just cleaned out their closets, I might be able to make one! I'll let you know!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Hi there! I've heard from lots of readers that they've used a variety of things to make these rugs. One reader's grandmother used to even use old pantyhose (all her friends would give them to her too)! I'm sure Tshirt material would work great and be a super soft rug. Would love to see pics if you make one!

Kelsey said...

how do you switch the color to make different colored rows? just tie another color onto the end?

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Hi Kelsey. There seems to be a million ways people like to change colors in crochet. I found a couple youtube videos for you.

This is more or less how I did it with the rug: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x5l32aBW34

And here's another pretty simple/common way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nHOb1Aio84 (Skip to about 3:40 or so.)

Good luck!

Natalie said...

Do you put anything on the back of the rug to keep it from slipping on wood or tile floors?

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

No I don't as mine is on carpet. But that's a good idea and would be a great addition to the rug!

Anita said...

This is simply Beautiful. I have ALWAYS wanted to make one of these, but never have. After watching the videos, I went to the thrift store and got me some sheets. I am loving making this and will send you a picture of what I have made so far, along with my own little helper :)

Courtney said...

This is darling! I LOVE it! And the way you tell how you made it is the cutest thing ever!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Hi, Courtney! Aw how sweet of u! Thanks so much. I'm glad u like it. :)

MK said...

Very cute and useful! I could make one of these for my dog to lay on in the house. Brilliant! Thanks!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Aw yeah! These would make awesome dog beds! Thanks for stopping by! Hope your doggy likes it. :)

JamiLeigh said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial! I finally finished a large rag rug for my son's bedroom. It was my first time crocheting - all in all I think it turned out pretty darn cute! :)

http://howdyhepworths.blogspot.com/2012/08/lincolns-crocheted-rag-rug-expedition.html

Bobby Jean said...

Used to make these with my Grandmother ... *crochet hook not required.* SImply braid long strands and use a large needle with heavy thread or hemp cord to join the rows as you form a circular or oblong shape. {Thanks for the lovely stroll down Memory Lane!}

Deana Tankersley said...

Hi..

Oh wow I'm so into the same thing..isn't it awesome, and so addictive!! I just love it..in fact just did a blog about mine..then I see your blog today..you get lots of kitty help too I see..haha Mine loves to help out and supervise..ya know making sure I'm doin it right an all..Ha!! okay so anyways just wanted to say awesome blog and happy fat crocheting to you!! =D I jus love it!!