Monday, December 5, 2011

Rag Rug Re-Do!!

So, I told you all that I was thinking about ripping apart the red/yellow/orange rag rug and stitching it back up to look more like the pink and purple one, right?  This week I did just that. 

Here's what it looked like before
I wasn't crazy about the way the colors kind of step-laddered.  So after a re-do, here's what it looks like now.
I like that all the colors are in their own rounds.  Oranges are all together, yellows are all together, and reds are all together.  
I'm still having some trouble with wrinkling/curling.  If I have time I may take the last round out to fix it, but the curling is very minor.  It might be something that bugs me enough to fix it, but it might be something I can live with.  I haven't decided yet.  Part of my problem, I think, is coming at the end of the rounds where it joins.  I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet, so there's a little bit of ridge there.  I think I also need to work on my stitch tension.  Just some things to work on for the next one!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rag Rug Tutorial---Sort Of

A couple of people have requested a tutorial on how I made the rag rugs I've posted in the last couple of weeks. To be honest, I used tutorials I found on other blogs and a pattern I bought from CraftSanity magazine.  So I would feel bad if I redid all their work and called it my own.  Instead, what I'm going to do is provide all the links I used to get my info.  

The T-Shirt Yarn tutorial I used came from Let Birds Fly.  My strips are 2" wide for this project because it makes the rugs thicker.

I started off using an excellent tutorial on crocheting round rag rugs from The Sunroom.  This pattern uses single crochets and I used it to make the rag rug no one has seen.  You know, the starting rug that doesn't look that great and I have every intention of fixing, eventually.

Then I found this pattern using double crochets.  It was published in issue 4 of CraftSanity magazine and you can get the entire magazine, as a PDF, for $5.  It's definitely worth it because, turns out, there's lots of good stuff in there!!  I really like the way this pattern works up.  It's pretty and it's fast.  

I think that's it!  Oh, the hook I use is a size Q, 16mm.  Hope that helps!!