Monday, February 4, 2013

Crochet Rope Rug - My ToDo list #2

I'm happy to say the year started well at least when it comes to my Crochet ToDo list.  I already accomplished task #2 on the list which is the biggest (though not the most difficult) one - crochet rope rug. It found a great spot in my sun room. We just had a party for my daughter's 3rd birthday and the rug passed the test :) One of the guests at the party made a suggestion that it would also look great as a wall decoration. The weight would have to be taken under consideration, but I can definitely see it on a wall as well.

My eyes needed a break from the fine thread and tiny hook I've been using lately to make jewelry. I thought it was a perfect time to try making a rug using the largest hook I could find and a heavy rope. To give you an idea of the difference, here is a crochet chain made using the rope and the fine crochet thread.

My  inspiration came from the mega doily rug by Ladies and Gentlemen.

I ordered 100% cotton rope (and found out it’s much more expensive than yarn!) and was very excited when the large spool was delivered to my house.

As soon as I opened the large and heavy box, I started working on my new project.  I found a simple doily pattern in the shape of flower from BURDA Special magazine - Geschenke häkeln E 167. With slight modification, this pattern was a great fit for a rug.

I was making good progress, when my project came to a halt. My huge crochet hook broke.  I had to take a couple of days break while waiting for my new crochet hook to arrive.  

When my new, red crochet hook came , I was off to work again.  My son was very eager to see the rug completed. He already had his ideas of where we could put it.  At 5 years old, he’s my biggest supporter of my crochet obsession :o).  

And almost 900 feet and 13 pounds later, the 4 foot rug was completed.  At the end, my eyes did get a break, but I cannot say the same for my hands and wrists. Still, I want to make another one and already have a different pattern in mind :)

I did decide to treat it with Vectra 22 rug protector (contains NO silicon or fluorocarbons) which hopefully will help with clean up of any mess my kids may make. I did some research on rug protectors and decided to go with Vectra. It seems it's a little better on being environmentally conscious and should be better to use around small kids in comparison to other more well known products on the market.

If you are looking to buy an already made crochet rope rug, you can find it for sale at my Etsy store.

Finished product modeled by my two munchkins.