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Old 06-03-2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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Living room mats..?
Hi all. I'm thinking of knitting up some living room mats. I'd welcome some feedback on this notion. I *could* buy a rug kit I know but I'd prefer to knit. I need thickish and not overly costly if possible so good wearing yarns or ideas for the same would be welcome. As many brands aren't shared between our countries just ply ideas etc would perhaps be better. I need to try and make a couple of rugs say at least 1 metre by 2. Roughly that is 3 feet by 6.

Slipping on floor. My rug would be going onto a shiny tiled floor so I need to ensure it will not slip. I know you can buy non slip matting to go underneath commercial rugs and presume the same would apply to something I made myself. Anyone have experience with this?

Lastly, any simple straightforward and attractive patterns you've used and would recommend? Perhaps double stranded and so on?

The cheapest commercial mats I can buy here that are a little bigger than the size I'm suggesting are $199 so to make this worthwhile the size I'm pitching would need to be made for say $100 or under.
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:58 AM   #2
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Just rang a store..I can buy wool mats there that are (metric) 160 x 220 for $149.00. That's a good price here but I still wouldn't mind looking to make some of my own.
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:14 AM   #3
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I just put this book on hold at my library. I've never made a rug so I've been interested, too.

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Old 06-03-2007, 01:38 AM   #4
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Hi Jan.. In look at one of the better known free pattern sites, I saw one can felt rugs and really make quite simple quick rugs from chunky yarns and garter stitch. Because I have major knee problems but am moving into an apartment with a tiled living area, I want to 'cushion'. My first thought had been to buy carpet to cover the floor but gosh..the price! BUT the carpet man I spoke to was actually kind in pointing out that the back of carpet being hessian will actually scour the tiles over time and that one would have to put backing material on it..even if that was old sheets. By the time I paid for the carpet, overlaying the edges, backing material..the cost was going to be something like $800. Then he cautioned about the carpet bulking up. I thought the weight of it would prevent that but he said a customer some years back had done the same thing as I was planning to do but had repeated problems with crinkling and bulging and it became a safety hazard. So, then I would be looking at a nonslip material also to go on the floor first so..all up I'd be looking at $1000 roughly or would have to allow for that. Obviously one has primary usage areas in a living room so I'm thinking of just wearing thick socks as I often do now and then putting mats in those principle areas. I know I should probably wear slippers more but I sometimes like not to have to wear shoes as such and I find clogs fairly uncomfortable as I need support around the back of my heel.

That book looks like it has some wonderful designs. For longer term I'd be happy to make something more exotic but I'm moving into this place in a little over two weeks so am thinking ahead. Thick chunky yarns and simple stitching would give me a few casual rugs or even a long strip rug for the kitchen area (often an area I find hard to stand in too long).
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Old 06-03-2007, 07:32 AM   #5
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Why don't you look around at flea markets? There might be a nice area rug or two that is affordable. I loooove flea markets and yard sales, etc. Sometimes you can get a really good deal on things. Most people just want to get rid of things and you may even be able to bargain down the asking price a little if you find something you like.
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestion BUT the markets where I could potentially buy such things would be hard for me to walk around. It was hard enough on the weekend walking around a 'home store' type mall. In the suburb area I live in no-one has garage sales. In the country area I came from I could have counted on that although very few people sell rugs. I've actually got a lot of things in an auction system in the country area I came from so those options can be great :-) Thanks for the thought. I'm more intent on purchasing a couple and making any extras I need - hence ideas for simple workable patterns people have tried would be great.
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The kniited rugs sound like a good idea, I know there was information under KAL for Bath Mats that might give you some ideas for patterns and fibers.
I was going to that, but I didn't know if the amount of cotton yard I have would be enough to do a two strand garter stitch rug, so that is on hold.
But maybe check that thread out.

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KAL? I agree mare-nitt..I also recall a thread about bathmats and it would be about the same sort of resolve..I would just have to make larger. Thanks.
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