what do you do when you decide you dislike the yarn you loved before?

when i bought the yarn, i was all, “OMG, THIS IS THE BEST YARN EVER.” i’d no idea what i was going to make with it, but i had to have it. but then months went by and, apparently, my fickle nature set in and, while digging through my yarn stash, i decided i was no longer infatuated with it.

…just before i tossed it out, it dawned on me…

MAKE A FREAKIN’ RUG! cuz, yeah, the ol’ pink-towel-turned-rag trick was looking pretty abominable at the back door.

the dog helps test out rug
my beagle, helping to test out the rug that i was eyeballing for size

I used: 4 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun – Fiesta and a size H hook, with 2 strands held together… (Note: not the best yarn for a rug, but it’s MUCH better than the pink towel!)

The Pattern: (also, available for download – {filelink=2}.)

Rug is made using 2 strands of yarn together.

Rnd 1: Ch 12, dc in 4th chain from hook, dc in next 7 ch, 7dc in last chain. Working on opposite side: dc in next 7 sts, 6 dc in last ch. (28 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (will always count as last stitch in round), *dc in next 7 sts, dc in next st, 2dc in next 2 sts, 3dc in next ch, 2dc in next 2 sts**, dc in next st > repeat from * to **, slip st in top of beg ch 3. (40 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, dc in next st, (2dc next st, dc in next st) 6 times, dc in next 7 st, dc in next st, (2dc next st, dc next st) 5 times, 2dc next st, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (52 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 2 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 2 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 2 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 2 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next st, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (64 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 3 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 3 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 3 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 3 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 2 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (72 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 4 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 4 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 4 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 4 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 3 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (84 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 5 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 5 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 5 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 5 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 4 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (96 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 6 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 6 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 6 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 6 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 5 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (108 sts)

Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 7 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 7 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 7 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 7 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 6 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (120 sts)

Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 8 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 8 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 8 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 8 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 7 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (136 sts)

Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 9 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 9 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 9 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 9 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 8 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (148 sts)

Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, (dc next 10 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 10 sts) 3 times, dc next 7 sts, (dc next 10 sts, 2dc next st) 3 times, dc next st, (2d next st, dc next 10 sts) 2 times, 2dc next st, dc next 9 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (160 sts)

**Continue increases to make rug to your size – 12 stitch increase per round (6 increases each end).

tada!  we haz finished rug!
tada! we haz finished rug! much better than the old pink towel!


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