Good afternoon readers! It's Wednesday again!
This week, I began my college shopping experience. I'm sure you're probably wondering why I didn't start earlier, trust me I have wondered the same thing, but now it has all begun!
We picked out bedding, and towels, and sheets, and all kinds of goodies. We also looked at little baby area rugs. Now, rugs are very necessary for toes in the morning as one is jumping out of bed but I am bit of a nonbeliever otherwise. I'd rather invest in socks than rugs. So instead of buying a rug, I decided to make one. At my roommate/best friend's request, here is the process:
There are so many ways to make rugs! So. Many. So I decided to go with something I know how to do, knitting. I used some old t shirts and cut them up into long strips to make yarn. Then you have to pull the t shirt strip to make the elastic stretch and round out a bit more.
After that, you take a larger set of needles (I used size 15) and cast on the number of stitches you'd like to use as your width. I did 25 but my rug is nice and tiny, so I'd recommend casting on 40.
Everything from here on out is just knitting back and forth. Because the yarn is made from a t shirt, it's bulky and thick so it has a good feeling on your feet.
Switch it up and add other colors to make stripes! (Just tie on new yarn) Or take a piece of graph paper and block out your first letter of your name to monogram it, that's what I did.
The technique I used to do this was a fair isle inertia technique. This usually involves some sort of repeating pattern with lots of colors so instead of cutting off every single color each time you finish with it, you just let it hang in the back until you have to use it again. I'll show you what it looks like on the back, it's pretty wild.
Just knit as many rows as you like to get it to the size you need! Want to see the finished project now?
With tassels, just loop yarn through the end stitches and pull the tails through the backside of the loop.
Questions, comments? Email me!
Many thanks to Thea for suggesting this blog post :)