How to Crochet a Rug
This rug is suitable for any room in the house: try different pastel colour combinations for a nursery, restful neutrals for a study or bright primary colours for a small child’s room. It uses spike stitch to produce an interlocking diamond effect (diamond spike stitch). I worked the rug shown in soft double knitting yarn, but for a different effect it can be worked in any yarn of double knitting weight.
How to Crochet a Rug
Skill level: Beginner – Intermediate
- ch (s) = chain(s)
- M =Main colour
- C = Contrasting colour
- dc = Double crochet
- St(s) = stich(es)
- Rep = Repeat
- SS = Slip stitch
- RS = Right Side (of work)
You will need
- 500 grams soft DK yarn in main colour (M)
- 500 grams soft DK yarn in contrasting colour (C)
- 4.5 millimetre hook
Size:50 x 92 centimetres (19.5 x 32 inches)
Tension: eight stitches and seven rows measure five centimetres (two inches) worked over dc on 4.5 millimetre hook
How to Make
With M and the 4.5 millimetre hook, make 130ch.
Row 1: 1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end, 1ch, turn.
Row 2: dc to end, joining in C in last st, 1ch, turn.
Work 4 rows dc, changing back to M in the last st of the 4th row, 1ch, turn.
Row 7 (spike stitch): *1dc in row below, 1dc 2 rows below, 1dc 3 rows below (top of previous colour band), 1dc 2 rows below, 1dc in row below, 1dc, rep from * 12 times, 1ch, turn.
Work 3 rows dc, looping yarn neatly up side of work. Change back to C in the last st of the 3rd row.
Row 11 (spike stitch): *1dc 3 rows below (top of previous colourband), 1dc 2 rows below, 1dc in row below, 1dc, 1dc in row below, 1dc 2 rows below, rep from * 12 times, 1ch, turn.
Work 3 rows dc, looping yarn neatly up the side of work. Change back to M in the last st of the 3rd row.
Rows 4 to 11 form the pattern. Rep them until work measures 90 centimetres (36 inches).
Using M and with RS facing, work dc to end, 1ch, turn.
Work a further 2 rows dc. Crab stitch back. Fasten off.
Work the other side the same.
Using equal quantities of M and C, cut lengths of yarn to fringe the top and bottom of the rug. I cut 50 centimetres (17 inches) lengths but this can vary according to preference. Take one strand each of M and C and double over. Hook the loop end through a stitch, then pull the cut strands through the loop. Pull gently to tighten. Repeat, spacing fringing evenly along the edge of the mat.
Top and base edge
Rnd 1: join yarn to a corner and work 2dc in same place.
Continue up side in dc, spacing it so there are 3dc across every 4 row ends. Join with ss.
Rnd 2: crab stitch around the edge – no extra corner sts required.
If you do not want to finish your rug with a border, fasten off the yarn for each band of colour.