Saturday, January 03, 2009

scrap rug


knit scrap rug--30" x 19"

i finally finished the knit rug that i started back in october. i first posted about it here.

materials used:

scraps leftover from cutting quilt pieces, including some selvages. ALL pieces used in this rug were originally destined for the trash can. pieces varied in width from about 1/3" -1" and were various lengths as well. (the longer the better.)
what i did:

cast on 65 stitches on size 17 needles, knitting in a simple garter stitch throughout the rug. i joined new strings as i was knitting, knotting them end to end as i went.

i am pretty happy with the result. it is very satisfying to use up every last bit of fabric. this rug is currently in one of our bathrooms. i'm going to see how it wears before starting another one. i do love the results-it feels great under bare feet. and it will match ANY color that we choose to paint our bathroom. :)

62 comments:

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Nice work! I LOOOOVE using up every bit of scrap. Such a satisfying feeling! Good thinking using the selveges!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love it and i am going to do it too, is garter, knit, purl, or just knit? thanks!

AnnieOfBlueGables said...

Hurray for you! I crocheted on made of shopping bags.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annieofbluegables/sets/72157601475416398/
I love that you used up every scrap.
~a

Staci K. said...

That is so cute! I don't knit though. Maybe I could crochet one? I need a project to use up my scraps!

Vanessa said...

Great idea - may get my big crochet hook out thanks for the inspiration - now where did I put that extra hour in the day !!!

Vickie E said...

Great use of your fabric! I have been collecting my strips for the same type of thing, either knitted or locker hooking...we'll see...

amandajean said...

jane,

garter stitch is just knit thoughtout.

aj

Beth said...

Oh my goodness, every time I think I am going to give up on knitting I see a project like this. So cute!

Heather said...

This is adorable! I love it. I agree with some of the others who can't knit, maybe crocheting it would work too, or even braids that get stitched to the rug shape. I'm gonna have to dig out some scraps.

Jess said...

very fun!
I think I need one too...

NanaKaren said...

I love how it turned out! To think how many scraps and selvages I've thrown away. I'd be interested to hear how this rug wears.

Dana said...

It is fabulously cute too!

Krista said...

Thats such a neat idea for left over pieces! Never would have thought of doing that. Looks like similiar to a quilt my grandmother used to have..like a rag rug.

kat @ Taylor Made designs said...

crazy cute~ now that is what you call recycling :)

Shelli said...

did you stitch a rug pad underneath, so there's no risk of the slippy-slideys? Or does it hold up pretty well solo?

NICE JOB!

Marita said...

The best scap idea ever! I will absolutely take this under consideration myself! Thank you.

Kerri said...

wow!! what a great idea and I love how it turned out. let us know how it holds up in the future. :)

joannastott said...

cute!

amandajean said...

shelli,

i didn't stitch a pad underneath. i'll see how often i have to re-adjust it, and maybe then i will? this is just the trial run. :)

aj

Anonymous said...

Annika from Sweden here. Just want to let you know that your blog is a big inspiration for me. I can't keep your pace by the machine but once in a while I do something inspired by you.

MichelleB said...

I love it! Love the colors, and love that you used up all of your scraps. It's great.

kateohkatie said...

That's an amazing use of every single scrap. I love it! :-)

Suze said...

You are the Cat's Meow

Gail :) said...

Love.

Whosies said...

nicely done. cotton soaks up little wet drips so well too.

Tine said...

Wonderful idea! It looks great, and you are right, it will look great nomatter what color you choose to paint your bathroom :)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Just gorgeous! Terrific use of scraps - I bet it feels great underfoot!

Robyn said...

Very cute! You'll have to let us know how it wears. I've got a ball of strips going, but it's not nearly big enough for anything yet.

Ginger Patches said...

Oh so cute!! Oh man now I'm going to be saving every little scrap lol!!

Renee said...

How clever! I'm looking forward to seeing how it wears. I'd imagine it would just get softer and nicer as you wash it.

SewAmy said...

It looks wonderful.

kangaroo said...

HOW BIZARRE that you posted this today. I just removed my Christmas tree and decided to turn the space into our kids' music area, and that I needed to learn to make an area rug. VOILA. I may need a bit more of a tutorial though: You basically made a continuous length of 'yarn' by tying fabric scraps end-to-end? SO fabulous. Happy New Year!

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Your rug is lovely! Have you ever thought of doing a "toothbrush rug"? It's type of rag rug. Here is one linke to explain it but if you "google" toothbrush rug it will bring up sources to buy the toothbrush. It is easy and from the American Colonial days.
http://www.toothbrushrug.com/howto.html

AMD said...

Nice.
This makes me think I like knit better than crochet for rag rugs now...

Tina said...

So fun! I'll have to try this sometime!

Linda said...

It turned out really cute!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Very cute! I love the colors in it. They're inviting. Heck, I wouldn't want to step on it...I'd probably hang it on my wall! lol!

amandajean said...

kangaroo,

that's exactly what i did...give it a try...it's so easy!! and it's a great TV watching activity.

aj

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

too cute! I am curious to know how it holds up too!? Now what color will the bathroom be? :)

SuzyQSparkles said...

I've been wanting to crochet a rug out of old knit clothes (t-shirts, underwear, etc.) I think it will be incredible... once I actually get around to it!

Thanks (again) for the inspiration!

Renee said...

Love it! Now I need to learn to knit.

Joan said...

Excellent use of scraps! I love it! I enjoy visiting your blog - admiring all the beautiful quilts you make!

Kylie said...

That is so cool. Need to go find the knitting needles!

Elin "The quilt maiden" said...

Hello, and happy new year! This January finish goal of mine is finishing your quilt-along from last year! Today I've made the 2 last blocks and the cornerstones, but I must go to the shop and find more fabric for the binding. Have you got a place with photo of all the finishes? Would like to see...
Thank you for a wonderful quilt-along, and sorry I'm so late in the finish!

Aunt Spicy said...

Where do your talents end? I am in awe! Its fabulous!

Connie W said...

It's wonderful...and so clever and thrifty too! Love it.

sammyjo said...

and to think i threw all my scraps out! oh well i guess i know for next time :) love it!

mochaxlight said...

I love how you left some of the rough edges out so it's raggedy. Very nice!

lera said...

Oh cool!!!

I crocheted an oval one before with a giant crochet hook. (That was waaaaaay before Joe and I got married.)

Heidi said...

Love it! A great idea for our WC downstairs.....

tam said...

Love that rug! Great job! A very good way to use up scraps of fabric!
~Tam :D

jacquie said...

you know, i might have to start saving those thin strips i never know what to do with. i bet i could have a bucket in no time. i couldn't do this, but i'd bet my mom could knit this up in a jiffy. i'll be waiting to see how it holds up in your house.

amandajean said...

elin,

there is a flickr pool where you can see the other quilt along quilts (and add your own, too!) here:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/559664@N20/pool/

aj

CAB said...

Very cool - I'm still learning to crochet, haven't tackled knitting. Looks great!!!

Di said...

It's really nice! I love the way the colours just merge together!

Philigry said...

i adore this! i bet it is going to wash and wear so nice.

Clair said...

I like it and it is nice that it would fit any color bathroom.

Rebekah said...

this is so cute! Now I need to start saving my scraps so I can start making something like this!

There is a line of books along the title of quick crochet, huge hooks/quick knits, huge needles or something like that and they do a lot of knitting/crocheting like this with big needles. You should try to find it at your library :)

threeundertwo said...

I love this! My scraps are overflowing. I really need to do something like this. I've crocheted baskets before from scraps, but I fussed about making them all the same width. This sounds a lot more forgiving.

Katherine said...

Oh, yeah! This scrap project ROCKS. Waste not, want not and it's so flippin' lovely!

sulu-design said...

This is really, really cool. I love that you used pieces that were destined to be garbage, and I think it turned out to be really pretty. Please report back on how it washes up. I could see myself making one of these from old cut-up t-shirts.

I am Just One Mom said...

FYI: I am told that crocheting uses 3x the length needed compared to knitting, for the same size rug.
Soooo... I am knitting mine! Thank you for the tut.