Saturday, April 16, 2011

Crocheted Carpet

Here's a surprise - I've finished something that I didn't even tell you I'd started. Another little experiment - crocheting a carpet. This one is for my office.

With all the cats in this household, there is a need for carpets that can easily go in the washing machine. Over the years I've purchased several carpets, but they just don't hold up, or are too difficult to clean. For if you are a cat, you know that one of the key rules in life is this ... feel a hairball coming? find yourself a carpet!

This is done with alternating single chain using two strands of yarn. Start with any uneven number of chain stitches and then follow this easy pattern:

Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 3rd ch from hook, * ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across; turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, skip first sc, * sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * to last sp; sc in ch-2 sp; turn.

Rep Row 2 for pattern until you reach the desired length. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

I added a matching border around the edges just to give it more shape, but it holds a shape very well, despite changes in wool thickness and texture.

The result feels very nice underfoot, and will easily go in the wash. It's okay Maggie, you can step on the new carpet.

1 comment:

  1. Don't encourage Maggie, she's on the carpet as soon as you're out of sight! She just pretends to be timid while you're watching!