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Old 05-04-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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If you were going to knit yourself some basic area rugs, what yarn would you use? (These area rugs would be for your kitchen.)
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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I wouls use a craft cotton like Bernat Handicrafter or Lily Sugar 'n Cream...
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:36 AM   #3
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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!
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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For kitchen and bath I agree..I'd use cheap dishcloth cotton, too.
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Cotton probably. Maybe a blend.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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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.
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Cotton. The Mason Dixon knitting book has a pattern for one that is made holding 3 strands of dishcloth cotton together.
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Originally Posted by pinktoque View Post
she usually holds 4 (4!!) strands of cotton together and does a bobble type stitch
That sounds painful to knit!
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
That sounds painful to knit!
Ugh, I know, right?! She says she uses "big honking needles" but... still...
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