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Crochet rag rug

Crochet rag rug

This mat is crocheted from strips cut from old T-shirts and other slightly stretchy fabrics. It's a great way of recycling old clothes. Cut the fabric into strips between 6mm and 12mm wide; the thinner and stretchier the fabric, the wider the strips. Do not reject fabrics just because you do not like the pattern; when cut and crocheted, they will take on an entirely different character.

You will need
Crochet hook, size 9 mm
About 400-600g home-made rag yarn

Remember that at the beginning of every row you will need to work 2 ch in place of the first dc.

Finished size: approximately 90 x 50cm.

Using 9mm hook and home-made yarn, make a foundation chain of 52ch. Turn and work 2ch, then 1dc in the back loop only of each st to end. Rep this row until work measures 90cm (or the desired length).

General tip
Most crochet patterns begin with a ‘foundation’ chain, made up of a number of chain (ch) stitches. On subsequent rows, the first stitch is also made up of a number of chain stitches – so, for example, if you are working a row of double crochet (dc), the first stitch in the row will usually be 1ch (or, in this case, 2ch), in place of the first dc. Patterns do not always specify this, so it is often up to you to substitute the appropriate number of chain instead of the first stitch in a row or round.

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