Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tutorial: Big Fat Crochet Rug - Part Three

Ok, folks.  Here is the third and final installation of the crochet rug tutorial.  Woohoo!



It's been fun doing this little tutorial vlog series!  If anyone's inspired to make a rug of their own - please let me know- I'd love to see what you come up with! (PooknflipProductions[at]gmail[dot]com)

Update: I'm an idiot.  I fully and freely admit this regarding the above video.  I just re-watched it and I'm actually showing a stitch that I don't even know exists...then I do a real single crochet.  Hopefully I'll be excused as this is my first attempt at a tutorial...but I don't want to confuse anyone (too late!) so I'm also including below, a great REAL single crochet instructional video.  Honestly, both stitches I do in this ^ video work - but I'd rather show you the real deal so you can be consistent.  Sorry for the mix up!!

39 comments:

PoetessWug said...

Ha! Ha! I wasn't mixed up at all....I know exactly what you were doing. In fact, I have a little suggestion for you. If you read crochet patterns, try finding a simple hat pattern and follow the instructions for the beginning of it! If you use the same sheets and hook, but use the hat pattern, it'll make it even, round, and no curling! It'll just be bigger..waaay bigger! :-)...Nice job with the tutorials though! I wouldn't try it! I'm glad you did. We got to know you a little. :-)

Cassandra said...

Good! I'm glad someone knows whats going on. Ha! The way I'm doing it makes a great rug - and I don't mind the "winging it" method - but I'm sure it'd be easier for some with a pattern. That's a great tip! Thanks for sharing. :)

Whitney said...

Thanks for this! I found you on craftgawker and I can't wait to make the rug!

Cassandra said...

I'm so glad, Whitney! Since tutorials are obviously not my strongest suit - let me know if you have any questions!

oliviariddlesveryprettily said...

This is so exciting, I went today and bought some old colourful sheets and have ripped them into the continuous strips ready to start! I just had one question, how many sheets (ish) did the 'big fat crochet rug' use?

Cassandra said...

Oooo! I'm excited too! I'd love to see what you come up with. :)

Hmmm....good question. Looking at the picture, with a rough count, I'd say about 16. (That includes things like curtains and throw blankets and regular sized blankets too.) I've added to it since then...but that's about how many pieces are in the original post picture (w/the boys laying on it).

Bethany said...

Hey I think this is amazing! I was on stumbleupon and this was the first thing that caught my eye!! I love crocheting and this is so original! I love it and cant wait to get start im going to Joanns now to get the hook! so I was wondering how can I make this in like a rectangular shape? I would love to do one for my kitchen (my mom keeps using the good towels for the floor!) lol. As soon as I'm done this round one I'll post a pic for u!

Cassandra said...

Hmmm....I've never tried this method in a rectangle. Good idea! I'm sure it would be similar to a simple granny square if you wanted the colors to "spiral" like the circle rug. Or if you wanted stripes - it'd be just like making a scarf. (a very large, heavy, bulky scarf!)

Anyone have any suggestions for patterns Bethany could follow for a rectangle?

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kynthia said...

Okay, well I just posted this super-long comment and I think Blogger just ate it up like a yummy chocolate chip cookie, so I'll try to remember it.

I have started my own adventure with a crocheted rug after stumbling somehow onto your blog and LOVING the idea. I showed it to my partner and we both decided it would be a fun spring-activity to take on (probably considering your picture seemed very picnic-y). We also thought it would be nice to match our colors to our color palate in our house. For our rug, we actually are having to hunt out sheets, rather than just hitting up random thrift shops... This gets to be rather fun/tedious. So far we have found a whopping two (after three weeks or so). Oh yeah. Rollin' in the big sheets!

Funny story, though. With our two sheets, we have already started our rug. I say "we" because, although my partner had never crocheted before, I showed her the movements and motions that it took to weave the GIANT hook through the sheet strips. I had gotten about three-fourths of the way through the first sheet, then stepped away to cook my dinner (she'd already eaten, but that's beside the point). By the time I got back to the living room, she'd already worked the entire way through the sencond sheet and had the rug placed neatly in my chair. It was quite comical. (I have pictures of the teaching lesson--quite humorous!)

Anyway, seeing as you have no idea who I am, I'll quit rambling. I just thought I'd let you know the story of our rug.. :)

Cassandra said...

That is so cool! I'm so glad you came to share! It sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun with it. Send some pics if you want - I'd love to see. (PooknflipProductions[at]gmail[dot]com) It must be quite a bit harder to find the perfect colors when you're going with a color scheme like that - but I bet it will be well worth it in the end! Wouldn't just a simple black and white one be neat? What a gorgeous, bold piece that would be.

Anyway, you're not creepy - sometimes I lurk on peoples' blogs for quite a while before I have something to say. :) Welcome!

Whydiss said...

Love your tutorial. I have made a few rag rugs too and love them. They feel great underfoot and are easy to clean.

http://whydiss.blogspot.com/2010/11/crochet-rag-rug.html

Cheers
Rochelle

Meg said...

i LOVE your rug project and ran across it on craftgawker (awesome website i just ran across today, yay!) Anyways, I have one Q. Where is the Part Two Tutorial? (It's probably right in front of me but I can't see it :) )
thanks again!

Meg said...

Hi again! I found it :) ha ha

Swati said...

Hey, nice crochet work. I stumbled upon your blog and must say now I am fully inspired to make that rug


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Thanks,
Swati

Suzanne said...

You may have already answered this question but what if I want to make a 2-tone rug? Could I use 2 strips of sheets at the same time? Thanks!

Cassandra said...

Hi Suzanne - (your email link doesn't work for me on your blog profile page - FYI) :) Nope - haven't had that question yet. I haven't tried that so I can't say for sure, but I don't think it would work b/c your "yarn" would be too thick to work with. But you could try it! Esp if you cut your strips really thin. Good luck!

Grandma Sharon said...

My daughter-in-law put a note on her repin of your pin letting me know she'd like one for the grandbaby....of course, I had to start right away. I used old sheets (great way to clean out linen closet) and fabric I had from other rug projects. I started yesterday and finished up today. I still want to tack down the joined strips. But.....awesome. Thanks for your videos. They really helped! I will send you the pic.

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

That is so awesome, Grandma Sharon! I'm so glad I was helpful. I tend to doubt it sometimes - I'm not the best vlog-ess out there. Lol! I can't wait to see pictures!!

knittingchic said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I found you on pinterest. I can't wait to get to the thrift store and buy up some sheets. I'll send you my finished picture.

Thanks again

Kristen.

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

You're very welcome! I can't wait to see! :)

Agnieszka(aapas) said...

The rug idea is spreading- worldwide ;-D
I'm going to make one (hopefully a hudge one) for my daughter's bedroom ;-D And my house and my daughter's bedroom is in... Poland. ;-D Thanks for the tutorial and all the best in New Year!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

That's so cool! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know. I'd love to see it when you get it done!!

Allisen said...

Hi! I saw your rug last night and could hardly wait until this morning to start! I am starting with some old sheets and it seems like I have a lot of extra thread that is hanging loose. Did you have this problem? Any suggestions?

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Hi, Allisen! Yes I did have this problem too. What I did was, as I went along ripping the sheets, just pull the threads out and set them aside. You end up with a big ball of thread, but your sheets are a lot cleaner as you're crocheting them. So glad you found the tutorial! I'd love to see progress shots - or the whole thing when you're done. :) Good luck and happy crafting!

MoraSue said...

I have never crocheted anything in my life, but I think this is the first project that's ever made me want to learn. I am thinking of having my mom help me learn a granny square so I can make a big square rug for my living room. Thank you for the inspiration! I wonder if you could share other people's photos of their creations to help inspire us all to different ideas?

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

You're so welcome, MoraSue! It's super easy once you get the hang of it - I think you'll like it.

And LOL at the second part of your comment...great minds think alike! http://www.flightofthepook.com/2012/01/attention-rag-rug-lovers.html Stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to try this! Actually, I'm starting my first crochet class tonight...what perfect timing! I hope to start looking for sheets at Goodwill and then begin my project. I'd like to make a rug for under my dining room table. I'll keep you posted! :)

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

That is so cool! Good luck in your class. I would love to see what you come up with!

Carolyn (in Australia) said...

Someone just posted a link to this on Facebook - this is great! Just what I need to cover the timber floors until we can afford carpet, and it'll keep the critters happy in winter. Can't wait to get started!

s.ker said...

I never comment on blogs but I had to let you know 2 things: 1) this is an awesome tutorial and I am going out to buy the hook for this ASAP and 2) you have the perfect personality to do the vlog bc you seem so chill and patient and personable. Keep it up!!!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

I'm so glad you decided to comment on this one! Two things back atcha: 1) Thank u so much! I love that people actually found this whole thing useful (and understood my ramblings!) and 2) You are a sweetheart. :) Thanks for ur kind words - people like u make my day!! <3

All pall said...

I just found your three tutorials, (haha yea i know im kinda late) but i wanted to thank you for putting them up, it looks like an awesome project to try!! Im really looking forward to buying sheets and doing it myself, thanks again so much for the inspiration!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Haha! That's cool - better late than never. Besides, we don't have a time limit on trying out cool crafts around here. :) I'm glad you're excited! I'd love to see pics if you get going on this project. And you're very welcome!

Vintage Elf said...

Really cute! And I totally could follow what you were doing, but then again, I learn by watching! Great job! I can't wait to try to make one of these!

Anonymous said...

This is an excellent project and I'm excited about how simple it is. Thanks for being bad ass.
PS: did you end up finding out what size your hook was?

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Thanks! Glad u like it. Ya - I think I added that info into the original post. If I had to guess- I think it was a "Q".

Lori said...

Thanks! This is a wonderful idea! I am glad you posted these videos. You did an awesome job!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

You're welcome! I'm glad you like it. Thanks so much! You're sweet. :)