Saturday, March 10, 2012

crazy mom quilts: one way to knit a rag rug

First off, thanks to all of you who left such kind comments on my book. They are all so very appreciated!

Also, thanks to all of you who loved my rug! Here's a little tutorial so you can make your own!
Collect (or cut) strips of fabric. The fabric widths can vary quite a bit, but anywhere from 1/2" to 1" is ideal. I use selvages-both the pretty and not so pretty ones-and skinny strings. The more color the better!

Knot the strings end to end. I do this on the go, so the "yarn" doesn't get tangled. Use two strings held together as one "yarn" throughout. Using size 35 needles, cast on 38 stitches (or as many as you can fit on your needle). Knit in garter stitch until you reach the desired length of your rug. This will require a bit of wrestling from time to time. :) Bind off using a stretchy bind off technique. Then enjoy the wonderful texture!
My rug ended up approximately 28" x 35".
If you make a rug using this technique, I'd love to see it. Please consider adding your photos the quilting with crazy mom flickr group. Knit rugs will be allowed there, too. :)

**Just a note about my flickr groups...In order to simplify things a bit, I've decided to merge my "quilt a long" and "inspired by crazymomquilts" group into one big happy group. PLEASE feel free to share any projects you've made inspired by my tutorials, quilt alongs, classes or patterns there. I'd love to see what you are making!

37 comments:

Mary said...

Sigh...I have wanted to learn to knit for a long time. No one to teach me at this time but I may have to teach myself so that I can use up my basket of selvages.

You are such an enabler!

Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

I can't believe you found time to write up a tutorial and had pretty pictures to add as well. You are too much! I may have to knit up a rag rug too. I already have the needles... Hee hee!

Angie said...

Huge congrats on your book! I missed that you had one in the works. I want one too :). I also wanted to thank you for the knitted rag rug tutorial. I love these rugs.

Rachel said...

I LOVE this rug SO much...now if I only knew how to knit...LOL...

karenfae said...

the book looks fantastic and thanks for sharing the info on the rug, I wondered how you were doing it.
Karen

Chase said...

Awesome! It is on my to-do list now!I think I just need to cut/ collect more fabric for this project!! Thanks for sharing!

carol said...

I might have to get myself some needles. Two bits I'll get cramped hands from this, I bet! It's been an age since I've knit.

momawake said...

One of the best places to learn to knit in www.knittinghelp.com.

Mama Pea said...

I'm about halfway through your gook and LOVE it! I love the rug. I have been saving my selvedges for Cindy, but guess what....she's not getting them know. I have to try this rug! I'll make sure to add my photo when it's done. It will take me a while to get around to it, though. :-)

Joy said...

Thanks Amanda Jane, I wish I kept my selvages now! Can't wait to start!
Joy UK xx

Margery said...

I love reading your blog - I came to this post, saw the first photo and thought "chopsticks and noodles". Well, it is nearly lunchtime here ...

Terriaw said...

This rug looks quite fun to make, and sounds really soft to step on with bare feet. I need to start gathering some old tshirts I can use to try this.

Logan said...

This is so cool! A must do!!!

http://www.loganmakesamess.com/

Kathie said...

thanks! I just love this rug and look forward to making my own. So if I read this right you used two strips as if it was one piece of yarn. I will be buying the needles today and giving this a try.
I saw the needles at the craft store but was concerned the length of them would not be long enough but i guess wrestling makes it work!!
thanks again
Kathie

amandajean said...

Yes, Kathie, that is exactly right. I can't wait to see your rug!

amandajean said...

Margery, it's not just you. My husband and I thought it looked like chopsticks and noodles, too. :)

Thimbleanna said...

Thanks for the info CrazyMom -- this rug is just TOOOOO darn cute!!!

My Old Quilting Soul said...

Thank you so much for this tut! I feel so wasteful throwing out my salvages and since I've seen your rug I've been keeping them in their own little bin so I could one day make this!! Lovely :)

Tornado Alley said...

I can't wait to make one of these!

Karen Sue said...

if you can't knit, go on tutorials and find help...or find a lady in your church, or get the idiot's guide book. All have helped me a lot. Great rug, now I have rug envy..
I might just have to get one of these awesome books for my birthday present to myself!!
congrats!!

craftytammie said...

i've been thinking about crocheting one, but i love your knit rug! i think i have 35s, somewhere...

Luisa said...

Have to say it again I love this rug I'm looking at scraps in a whole new way.

VeeV said...

the first picture looks like some kind of asian noodle soup....with two turquoise chopsticks.

lovely!!
and the rug is amazing!!!

Mama Spark said...

I was hoping you would tell us how to do this! Thank you. I posted about your book on my blog today. I LOVE IT!!! I am thrilled to have gotten to play a small role in it too. Again many thanks!

Cheerful Homemaker said...

That is such a cool idea. I'd seen braided rugs but never a knitted rug.

Krista said...

omg! what a cool thing to do with scrap strips, lovely idea! it'll be a while before I have enough to make one though, surely. I'll have to start collecting asap :D

suzieq said...

what an inspiration you are! love this rug. i'm going to give it a try. i'm new to your blog, but came here via crafts.com
just saw your book and fell in love with it. i ordered it today. can't wait for it to arrive.

Wanda said...

Anyone can learn to knit using free on-line videos. That's how I learned (am learning). Youtube is a valuable resource.

Beth said...

I teach 3rd graders to knit, and they make their own needles from dowels. And my demonstration needles are 1" diameter dowels, with larger wood screwed into one end. Sanded on an electric belt sander to make points... What diameter would 35's be? I can't imagine you have to be precise!!

Rachel said...

I just found your blog and love it! I am not a knitter, but I've been wanting to make one of these rugs. I've been cutting up my strips into small enough widths and found a great you tube video on how to make the casting stitch and the basic garter stitch. All I need is the needles and I am ready to go. I also posted a link to your site in my blog. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow thanks for all the fabulous tips and ideas...this was the first time I found your blog...thank you,Carol

Flowers in the Window said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog. My favourite crafts are patchwork and quilting so I have endless strips of fabric and I just can't throw anything away! I also like to crochet and knit so this is a perfect project for me. I love your join as you go method. I'm definitely going to try this and just pick it up as and when the strips appear after some sewing :) Thanks for this. Maggie xx

Flowers in the Window said...

I've just started one of these. Done about 6" so far. I'll let you know how I get on - I've joined your Flickr group so if it's a success I'll upload some photos. Thanks for the tutorial. Maggie xx

Deborah Jennings said...

I have been wanting to make one of these, and now, here you are with the tutorial on it. Now to get my fabric all cut. I am wanting to make one a tad bigger than yours. One to go in front of our fireplace hearth. We live in a house that looks like an old farm house. This will be perfect! Thank you so much!

Leeanne said...

I love this, might have to give it a go!

Anonymous said...

Love your rug! I am a self taught knitter via book and have to give this a try. I am not a sewer so could you give me an idea of what type and how much material to buy based on your size indicated above?
Thanks!!
Kelly

Terri in BC said...

What a great idea! i think I'm going to try it with crochet, though - easier to pick up where I left off.