Mitered Square Rug

Cathy asked about knitted rugs. Here’s one that I made last year from a free pattern found on the Interweave Magazine website.

Mitered Square Rug

Yarn: Lion Brand Lion Cotton

What I changed:
All of the colors in the pattern, and I added a crocheted border to make the edges more even and add a “finished” look.

What I learned:
When changing all the colors for a multi-color pattern, create a customized version of the pattern. If your pattern comes in electronic form, try copying the pattern text into your favorite word processor. With strategic use of find/replace, change the color names into the ones you’re using. That way, you don’t have to always remember that “red” is actually blue, and blue is some other color.

The brush-on rug backing stuff for hooked rugs is amazing. The cotton yarn otherwise won’t hold its shape, even with blocking. I pinned the rug out into a rectangle on my folding cardboard clothes pattern-cutting board, using the markings to make the edges straight and even, then applied the backing. Voila – rug doesn’t slide on my floor, and the shape is fixed!

2 Responses to “Mitered Square Rug”

  1. Marty says:

    And the rug really does look this great in person!

  2. Cathy says:

    Hi Rebecca – the rug does look really cool! It’s hard to tell how thick it is – it looks like maybe you did it with really super-thick yarn? And the backing stuff sounds very interesting. I know my first thoughts would be, “how am I going to keep this from A) pulling all out of shape, and B) sliding halfway across the room when my cat decides to make a sudden departure?”

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