Wednesday, June 29, 2011

yarn along: rope doily rug

{hip hip hooray, it's yarn along day}

I've got a rope doily rug in my home now. I knew I was missing something before, and now things feel just right in my life. It only took three trips to the hardware store and five packages of clothesline.

Crocheting this wasn't hard, but it wasn't relaxing either. The rope isn't as smooth or pliable as yarn, so I never did get into a rhythm as I made this. I used a combination of hook and fingers to make the stitches.  

I am so pleased with the results. This doily rug is going to be my bathmat because bare feet on rope feels so summery, like hanging out at the dock. I also think a doily rug would be a perfect welcome mat at the front door, and I'd love to use thicker rope and a larger hook (mine was 9 1/4 mm for this project) to make an area rug for the living room (inspired by this gorgeous one). I'm not so sure my husband would approve of all these doilies, but we'll take things one rug at a time. 

My sister stopped by for a visit yesterday and I convinced her to lend her lovely toes to give some perspective on the size of this rug. 

I'm working on writing up the pattern and tips for a tutorial, so if you're interested check back here in the next couple of weeks.

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For the other yarns: I spent many lunches and bedtimes this week poring over The Opinionated Knitter. I enjoy Elizabeth Zimmermann's descriptions of camping out in the woods as much as I love her knitting patterns. My favorite passage of this book describes how EZ used to secretly knit on the back of a motorcycle. She didn't want her husband to know she was knitting because he would (rightly) be upset with her, so she'd stash a small project in her pocket and knit away once they were on the road. That's passion. 



  1. I'm glad you had your sister standing on that rug. It definitely brings perspective....Otherwise it looked like an intricate little doily. I can imagine that it would be hard on the hands to crochet something that bulky.

    I love that EZ knitted why cycling. Maybe a tad dangerous is she wasn't holding on, but it worked for her!

    Jodi B.

  2. this is gorgeous! how beautiful it turned out. i'm not a crocheter but now i want to be! beautiful beautiful job!

  3. Love it - great photos. This is a lovely blog!

  4. Now that's what I call a doily!

    That is awesome.

  5. GORGEOUS - I can't believe you finished already, it really looks great Allison.

  6. What a lovely rug! Strange coincidence too as I have just been making a mega crochet rug too...though mine is based on the traditioanl Granny square...pop over and have a look and tell me what you think :)x

  7. This is so pretty, would definitely be interested in the tutorial! I would also find it hard not to have one in every room in the house!

  8. This is SO cool! I will certainly check back for the pattern! Thanks for sharing

  9. Your rug is great! I love the feeling of bare feet on rope too--reminds me of sailing. And EZ is just perfect in every way.

  10. what lovely feet those are... :)

  11. Such a perfect summer rug. Hanging out on the dock, indeed! I need to pick up an EZ book. You make it sound so interesting. Have a great weekend, Allison!

  12. You are so awesome! and your toes look pretty and painted!
    Cheers, Camille

  13. I think it would be great at the kitchen sink, too. Do they have dyed rope, or do you think it would be easy to dye it? I'm thinking a black or red one would look awesome in my kitchen! So inspiring!

  14. Oh I just adore this! So fun for summer (well, any season, really) and how awesome to have made it yourself. I have seen those large, handmade doily rugs before (Crafting a Meaningful Home) before and they are just so neat.


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