Thursday, 22 August 2013

Doily Rug...

I had been wanting to try one of these for quite some time now. I had seen so many gorgeous examples on the internet and just had to try it out for myself.

The main problem I had was sourcing the t-shirt yarn for it. I finally managed to hunt some down on Ebay. I bought 4 skeins of Moda Vera Gypsy for a lot less than it would have cost me in the store.

I chose to go with a brown colour for the yarn as our house has a lot of neutral colours and woodwork.

The next problem I had was deciding on exactly what doily pattern I wanted to use for a rug.
I finally found one on Ravelry called "Birthday Doily" which was a free pattern. It can be found here:

I then had to go out and buy myself some really large crochet hooks, so I chose to get a 15mm and a 19mm. Of course, I didn't need an excuse to buy some yarn while I was at the store, but that's another story!

Anyway, once I got used to tension of the t-shirt yarn and the really large hook (I chose to work with the 15mm), it was smooth sailing.

I managed to complete it over 3 evenings and it now has pride of place on my bedroom floor in front of my mother's rosewood tallboy that I inherited when she moved to the nursing home.

This is my finished rug:

It's not the best photo in the world, the camera just didn't like picking up the proper colour, but I think you can get the idea.

It took just over 1 skein of the Gypsy and they are huge skeins (500gms). Now I just have to decide what to do with the remaining yarn......

Another doily rug, an owl basket, or something else.....I guess I'll decide on something soon enough....

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