Friday, March 30, 2012

Free Pattern Friday: Chunky Seed Stitch Knit Rug Pattern

It's my first Free Pattern Friday!  Come back every Friday for some great patterns to help you knit or crochet through the weekend.  For more of my free patterns, visit my free patterns page.

Some of you may recall how I've been crazy about knit and crochet items for the home, especially things that are big and chunky..... well, I finally have a pattern to contribute to your home!  I finished my Chunky Seed Stitch Knit Rug that is so very cozy on the toes.  If you can get over knitting with big needles and doubling super chunky yarn, this will be a breeze.  Some of you may be annoyed with the seed stitch, but it is worth it.  The stitch makes the rug so cozy and gives it a fun, textured look.




Size:
The size I knitted is about 2 feet by 3 feet, but it can be easily adjusted to make it the size you want 

Gauge:
  • Note that the gauge isn't too important -- in other words, don't spend a lot of time trying to match my gauge.  Create your own swatch and figure out how many stitches you'll need to make your desired width.
  • For my rug, my gauge was about 3 stitches and 4 rows = 2 inches

Materials:
  • 6 skeins Wool Ease Thick and Quick or another super bulky weight yarn.  The rug is knitted holding two strands together
  • Size US 19 (15mm) circular needles

Instructions:
Note:  I knitted this rug so that the length (the longer side of the rug) was the amount I casted on (this was because I had ambitions to make a bigger rug, but liked the look of the smaller one as I got going --- and well, I was excited to finish this!)

Holding two strands together, cast on 50 stitches.  
Row 1: K1, P1, repeat from * to end
Row 2: P the K STS and K the P STS to end
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until rug reaches desired length
Bind off in established pattern very loosely.  Tie off and weave in ends.

Yes, that's it!  Super simple but super great looking.... Enjoy!













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27 comments:

  1. Hi Ashley! Giving you a follow from bles-id... I'm gonna stick around and see what other crafty things you've done! Have a fabulous weekend! jules

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  2. Luv the beautiful simplicity of this worked rug. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Christie
    My Ocean of Notions

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  3. It's gorgeous, Ashley! It looks so soft and cosy!
    Thank you for sharing it with the blogging world.
    Wishing you a super weekend!
    Carly
    x

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  4. This turned out great! I'm a crocheter.... I wonder if I could get the same look....

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  5. Lovely rug! I am visiting from So Very Cheri, and I am a new follower:)

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  6. I love the texture of this rug. Would a new knitter be able to handle this?

    Deborah

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    1. Deborah, I think you could handle this. There's nothing tricky about the pattern at all.... you just have to get used to knitting with large needles and thick yarn. Sometimes I think it's actually easier to knit with big needles instead of small. I hope you try it out....let me know what you think!

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    2. Forgive if my question is silly, as a beginner I want to make sure I understand. You mentioned that you doubled up the yarn, so does this mean you used two strands from two yarn balls together at the same time to knit with?

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  7. What a great rug. I don't knit but I do crochet. I may try something like this in crochet. I DO LOVE the Wood Ease Brand and could use it for everything. Stitches up very nice.

    blessings, jilly
    new follower from sunday blog hop

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jilly! I will try to come up with something similar for crochet -- a lot of people have been asking about it. Stay tuned! Love your blog!

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  8. Looks gorgeous, hmmm, wonder where I can get the awesomely thick yarn around here?

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    1. I hope you find it or find a great alternative and try this out! Where are you? Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. That looks wonderful!! I am fairly new knitter and found you from Cherished Treasures. Love your blog!
    Jen @ Noting Grace

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jen! I hope this project inspires you to try knitting a rug.... it's a fun, quick project, and I think pretty easy for a new knitter!

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  10. LOVE it! Wonder how the seed stitch would work with rags or t-shirt yarn! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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    1. Ooooh, great idea -- t-shirt yarn! I'll have to try something like that out next :) Thanks for the idea!

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    2. i'm crocheting a rug with t-shirt yarn now, but might try knitting the next one. great idea!
      found you through Free Knitting Pattern of the Day. great pattern - thank you!

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  11. I love how it came out! I wish I could knit...I just can't get that two needle thing down. I'm more of a hooker. My mom knits though so I'll pass this along to her! Thanks for linking up to A Pinteresting Party!

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  12. I just love this rug. I pinned it so I can make one too and I also featured it on my blog today: http://www.dukesandduchesses.com/2012/04/link-party-favorites-and-winner.html

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  13. I love this project - I think I would love to make one for by my kitchen sink.
    Thank you for sharing.
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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  14. Love your blog just found it and had a question on this pattern - may be a dumb question - could this be knit on size 19 straight needles?

    Thanks Emily

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    1. Hmmmm if you have really long 19 straight needles, you might be able to try this or you could just make it a bit smaller. Another option might be to make smaller squares of it and sew the pieces together. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  15. I think I'll try to make it. It would look very good in my house. Which color is shown in the pic? tks

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  16. I'm making this on a train ride (maybe not a great idea, since it's so big... but whatever, YODO), so I'm going to knit it with the short side cast on, instead of the longside. Also, I'm knitting it in bright pink. (again, probably not a good idea... both for the sake of fellow passengers, and my eyes, but... What can I say? I don't care!)

    So, if it is 2ft wide, and I get about the same gauge you did, would that make it 36 st. that I cast on?

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  17. I love it! I've been looking everywhere for a fun, DIY rug for our new apartment and I think this is it! :)

    Quick question, do you find that it slips around a lot on the wood floors? Or do you use a rug pad underneath to keep it in place? Thank you! :)

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  18. This looks very similar to a crochet rug done in jute twine and used outdoors as a door mat. The jute was also thick and doubled, but heck on the hands as it was not meant to be soft and cuddly. :-)

    This pattern would work well with the other materials too.

    SZ

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