For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb
Psalm 139:13

Monday, 20 July 2015

off the hook: doily t-shirt rug



Another side effect of moving home is nesting syndrome. 

The new gaff is a bit of a blank canvas and feels awfully shiny and modern after having spent a couple of years in a crumbly Georgian building (waaaay fancier than it sounds). Consequently, each day I'm battling a compulsion to festoon everything with yarny gubbins. And sometimes I give in. 

When I came across some forgotten cones of super-chunky jersey t-shirt yarn while unpacking, I knew they were destined to be a giant doily rug! Pinterest came up trumps and I settled on this free crochet pattern from the Crochet in Paternoster blog. I was after something really pretty and lacy to balance out the bulk of the yarn and this pattern was perfect. It was really easy to follow, despite being in US terms, because it's in step-by-step form with an image for each round.




This was my first time using jersey yarn and it was a lot easier that I thought it was going to be. I was expecting to really wrestle with it, but it's incredibly stretchy. I used a 12mm crochet hook and just shy of two cones of yarn. It's only 12 rounds, so it's not as big as I would have liked (62cms across), but I am happy with how it looks. Perhaps if I'd had more yarn I'd have adapted the pattern and made it bigger. For now our hallway is suitably spruced and I'm thinking of crocheting some yarn baskets with t-shirt yarn. Can anyone recommend a good pattern? 



14 comments:

  1. ooh, that doily rug is so cool! What a clever idea for t-shirt yarn, too. I love the dark grey and the blue, it looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Julie! I wasn't sure about the two colours initially, but they won me over. :) x

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  2. Wow, this is beautiful!
    Loving the t-shirt yarn :)
    xox

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    1. Thank you Sammie! I'll definitely be making more stuff with this kinda yarn - curious to see how it knits up! :) x

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  3. This is so lovely! Now you are tempting me to make one, too! Goodness knows where I'd put it, though.

    I am very jealous of your modern new place. I will have to stay in my crumbling Georgian flat a while longer. :(

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    1. This is the issue Nadia, I like old and crumbly! Modern is a bit clinical and requires much yarn! The would be a good welcome mat, I reckon x

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  4. Beautiful! And damn, I almost bought some of that t - shirt yarn recently and then didn't - I can feel the yarn store calling now :-)

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  5. Thanks Gill! I'd recommend it! I was skeptical at first, but really enjoyed using it :) x

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  6. Lovely work! I like how you've combined the two colors that are pretty close, giving it, I'd name it, an eclectic design. Congrats, I love it!

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    1. Thanks Gina! It's become a favourite. Already looking for more t-shirt yarn patterns! :) x

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    1. Thanks you Leah, and hello there! :) x

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  8. Nice work! I can't wait to try it myself. I already crochetted some small things with textile, but never a rug.
    I noticed other nice projects of you on this blog...I'm following you on Bloglovin from now on!
    Have a nice day, Sigrid

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    1. Hi Sigrid, I recommend making a rug - it's just like a big mandala and was really quick to do. Just visited your blog - hope you had a lovely birthday! :) x

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