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diy project: julie’s crochet bath rug

by Grace Bonney


today’s second diy project comes from designer julie reed. in addition to crocheted and sewing some beautiful pieces for her etsy shop, julie also knows her way around a mean crocheted bath rug. and since i’ve still got affordable bath decor on the brain from last week, i thought this would be the perfect project to share. click here for julie’s full instructions or just click “read more” below. stay tuned for lauren and derek’s diy wednesday post at 1pm!

Julie Reed’s Crocheted Medallion Rug

About the project: This project evolved due to my interest in crocheting and and antique/vintage handwork. As I love and admire the workmanship in antique/vintage crocheted items like potholders and doilies, I thought it would be interesting to see how I could translate the old into a modern version.
To keep things simple (I thought), I started out with a doily pattern from 1918 – I thought that if I used bulky wool yarn and a large crochet hook, I would end up with a rug sized doily. Not so! After several attempts, I gave up on the pattern and created my own from scratch. The rug is worked in the round with a combination of single, half-double & double crochet stitches and measures 27″ in diameter. The biggest challenge was keeping the edges from ruffling – as the diameter gets larger, stitches must be decreased to avoid ruffling. Now I am curious to see what it will look like felted!

Supplies Used:
• 3 balls Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Chunky in Juniper
• 1 skein Lamb’s Pride Bulky in Charcoal Heather
• 6.5mm crochet hook
• yarn needle
• scissors

Instructions:
Intermediate crochet skills are necessary for this project.

1. Start with a vintage doily or potholder pattern if you like – there are many to be found on the internet for free personal use. (Here is one place) OR, be adventurous and create your own pattern. Either way, you will probably have to make modifications depending on what type of yarn you choose.

2. Crochet in the round until rug measures the diameter desired. You will have to increase stitches in the first 6-7 rows, then as the diameter increases, you will have to decrease stitches in order to keep the rug flat. It takes a bit of patience, but the end result is worth it! Blocking will take care of slight ruffling.

3. Weave in ends, trim.

4. Block with a steam iron and cotton towel.

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