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05-04-2009, 09:48 AM
If you were going to knit yourself some basic area rugs, what yarn would you use? (These area rugs would be for your kitchen.)

05-04-2009, 09:52 AM
I wouls use a craft cotton like Bernat Handicrafter or Lily Sugar 'n Cream...

of troy
05-04-2009, 11:36 AM
For a kitchen (or bath) i'd likely use cotton (LB kitchen cotton/bernat's crafters cotton/sugar n cream/peaches n cream)

I have made bath mats, using 2 strands held together, and while i thought is was a stupid idea at first (all that work to walk on!) i must say, i love my knit bathmats! they are so comfy under foot (i am likely to make my self some more.. (i did make 2 for my DD--one perfectly matches her shower curtain!-by sheer luck!) and she too is impressed at how comfy they are under foot.)

I have thought about (and one day yet might do it) making a wool area rug.. knit loose and over sized, and then full/felted down to a smaller size.. but i wouldn't make a wool rug for a kitchen.
kitchen rugs/mats get dirty quickly and need to be washed often.. cotton is the way to go i think!

05-04-2009, 11:42 AM
I have made a couple for my bathroom using old sheets torn in strips. They are absorbent and the sheets being purchased in the early seventies are colorful.

Jan in CA
05-04-2009, 01:34 PM
For kitchen and bath I agree..I'd use cheap dishcloth cotton, too.

05-04-2009, 02:31 PM
Cotton probably. Maybe a blend.

05-04-2009, 02:34 PM
My co-worker was telling me about her latest knitted bath mat craze, and she usually holds 4 (4!!) strands of cotton together and does a bobble type stitch to create some texture. She says it makes awesome bath mats.

I haven't made bath mats myself yet, but if I did I'd go cotton as well.

05-04-2009, 04:02 PM
Cotton. The Mason Dixon knitting book has a pattern for one that is made holding 3 strands of dishcloth cotton together.

Jan in CA
05-04-2009, 04:10 PM
she usually holds 4 (4!!) strands of cotton together and does a bobble type stitch

:zombie: That sounds painful to knit! :lol:

05-04-2009, 05:25 PM
:zombie: That sounds painful to knit! :lol:

Ugh, I know, right?! She says she uses "big honking needles" but... still... :lol:

05-04-2009, 07:19 PM
So I guess you all like cotton? ;-)

I really appreciate the advice. I purchased my last area rugs for my kitchen. I need 3. They were not cheap, and they technically should not have been machine washed, but this is the KITCHEN we're talking about and I have 2 kids. So they have been washed and they are ruined and I can't find exactly what I want, so I thought I would knit mine.

pinktoque, that idea sounds rather awesome!

Thanks for sharing, everyone!

05-05-2009, 02:22 AM
I found this rug pattern some time back and ahve been dying to try just because it looks so neat!


And it's definitely washable since it's made from old sheets! :)


05-05-2009, 02:48 AM
I have also used sugar and cream (4 strands) knitted together to make bathmats. They are super absorbent and feel great under foot. I used up lots of leftover balls of various colors so the rugs were very colorful, and a great way to use up my stash.:knitting: Becky

05-05-2009, 10:48 AM
Libbie thanks for that link! I have some old sheets I have been wanting to make into a rag rug and had no idea how to make the yarn. That site had a great tutorial!:woot: I will definitely be making my rag rug soon!!

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