I wanted to show you the lovely stitch definition I’m getting with this rather humble chunky yarn. I’m working only in half double crochets with cotton yarn that is on a huge wheel, probably designed for use with a knitting machine. Wish I had taken a picture of it before I started these rugs. The first rug is under the beginnings of the second, matching rug. I flipped up an edge so you can see how this makes a completely reversible rug.
The hook is wood, which I don’t normally use, in a size I can’t determine. I think it’s an M or N and it’s a plain jane hook from maybe Hobby Lobby. It looks sorta like a Brittany, but it’s not that brand. Whatever it is, it’s working well with this particular yarn. Sadly, my favorite Tulip Etimo hooks aren’t made in a size large enough for this 4.5 mm yarn.
Should you be inspired by this to try this out for yourself, the ridges are obtained by crocheting into the back loop only. The finished rug is approximately 36 X 20 inches. I started with a chain of 38 then worked a hdc into the 3rd chain from the hook, resulting in 36 stitches across. Then chain 2, turn, and repeat. To get the crisp, straight edge, I find it works best for me to crochet into the same space as the turning chain. The rug is 35 rows of hdc with the last row finished off with a slip stitch across to match the starting chain.
Normally, I won’t work with chunky yarn or cotton yarn because I find it taxing on my wrists. But, while this is a bit of a challenge for me to make this rug, it is not hurting my wrists. The stress is far greater on my hand, but I swear I’m building up hand muscles making this! Are there things called ‘hand muscles’? I’m sure there are great specific Latin names for the probably dozens of ‘hand muscles’ – but mine are getting a workout with this project, but not hurting when I put it down, so I’m happy.
Now, I’m wondering what I’ll do with the yardage that remains once I complete the second rug. Hmm…. Maybe a potholder or two. Any suggestions?
By jd wolfe