Thursday, April 30, 2009
how I made my scrappy kitchen mat
I have had a lot of requests for the pattern for the 'scrappy kitchen mat'
Well... I can't really call it a pattern, as such... but here's the low down on how I made it. It's super simple, and suitable for beginner crocheters.
From what I can tell, this is a grey carpet nylon. Unfortunately I can't be more specific than that. This batch was given to me by one of my crochet buddies. I have no idea where you would buy it from.
If you don't have access to carpet nylon... then think outside the square for alternatives. Before I acquired the nylon, I was planning to use some jute or sisal instead. Macrame cord would work well. Or even some old denim jeans, cut into thin strips.
The other yarn used was crazy yarn. Click here to read more about how to make your own.
I used a 5.0mm hook, and worked with the carpet nylon and the crazy yarn held together. I made a length of chain 60cm long.
Then I worked back and forth in rows of sc (US) until the piece was 105cm long.
If you have trouble keeping your edges straight... take a look at this tutorial
As I worked, I just made sure that all of the joins/knots in the yarn fell to the back of my work. I DID NOT WEAVE IN ANY ENDS IN THIS PROJECT.
I added a row of tassels along each end of the rug... using one strand of nylon and three strands of crazy yarn for each tassel.
Then I cut a piece of non slip mat to size, and attached it to the underside of the mat. I sewed it on using four strand of sewing cotton for extra strength.
And here is my finished mat. You could make yours in any size. Just cast on as many chain as you need for the width of the mat... then work in sc for as long as you need.