Area rugs

If you were going to knit yourself some basic area rugs, what yarn would you use? (These area rugs would be for your kitchen.)

I wouls use a craft cotton like Bernat Handicrafter or Lily Sugar 'n Cream…
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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!

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.

For kitchen and bath I agree…I’d use cheap dishcloth cotton, too.

Cotton probably. Maybe a blend.

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.

Cotton. The Mason Dixon knitting book has a pattern for one that is made holding 3 strands of dishcloth cotton together.

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

Ugh, I know, right?! She says she uses “big honking needles” but… still… :lol:

So I guess you all like cotton? :wink:

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.
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p[/U]inktoque, that idea sounds rather awesome!

Thanks for sharing, everyone!

I found this rug pattern some time back and ahve been dying to try just because it looks so neat!

http://cocoknits.com/knit/interiors/ragbathmat.html

And it’s definitely washable since it’s made from old sheets! :slight_smile:

Libbie

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

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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