…keep your toes cosy with a soft fireside rug that can be made out of new soft yarns or by using up your stash of wool scraps…
you will need:
I used Rowan Cocoon, 80% Merino Wool, 20% Mohair (115m per 100g)
- 4 x 100g balls in cream – Frost 806 (A)
- 1 x 100g ball in black – Mountain 805 (B)
- 1 x 100g ball in light green – Clay 825 (C)
- 1 x 100g ball in dark green – Jupiter 839 (D)
- 1 x 100g ball in light blue – Moon 836 (E)
- 1 x 100g ball in dark blue – Misty Blue 827 (F)
- 1 x 100g ball in red – Quarry Tile 818 (G)
- 1 x 100g ball in purple – Bilberry 812 (H)
- 1 x 100g ball in beige – Tundra 808 (I)
- 1 pair of 5.5mm double ended needles
- Sharp scissors
- Large darning needle
- 1m burlap or hessian (140cm wide)
Make 3 central swirls: one central swirl with colour A and contrast colour G, one with and and contrast colour D and one with A and contrast colour F.
Cast on 20 sts in A.
Row 1 (ws): K18, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, K17.
Row 3: K16, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, K15.
Row 5: K14, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, K13.
Row 7: K12, turn.
Row 8: Sl1, K11.
Row 9: K10, turn.
Row 10: Sl 1, K9.
Row 11: K8, turn.
Row 12: Sl 1, K7.
Row 13: K6, turn.
Row 14: Sl 1, K5.
Row 15: K4, turn.
Row 16: Sl 1, K3.
Row 17: K2, turn.
Row 18: Sl 1, K1.
Row 19: Knit to end.
Row 20: Change to colour B, knit to end Rows 21 to 40: As rows 1 to 20 changing back to A on row 40. Rep rows 1 to 40 four more times, then rows 1 to 38 once, alternating between B and the contrast colour on rows 20 to 39.
Sew the cast on and cast off edges together using A. Tie the loose ends in the centre of the wrong side of the swirl together in pairs. Trim ends to 3cm.
Make four triangular shapes in C:
Cast on 40 sts.
Row 1 to 6: Cast off 3, knit to end. 22 sts
Rows 7 and 8: Cast off 2 sts, knit to end. 18 sts Rows 9 to 20: Cast off 1 st, knit to end. 6 sts Rows 21 and 22: Knit to end.
Rows 23 and 24: Cast off 1 st, knit to end. 4 sts Rows 25 and 26: Knit to end
Rows 27 and 28: Cast off 1 st, knit to end. 2 sts Rows 29 and 30: Knit to end. Rows 31 and 32: K2tog, cut yarn and pull through loop to finish.
Sew the three central swirls together using a scrap of yarn and a large darning needle. Place two circles right sides together, aligning the colour swirls. Use overstitch to join the edge of one swirl from each. Open out and place the third circle on top of one of the joined circles and, again, use overstitch to join the edge of one swirl from one of the joined circle and the third circle to create a strip of circles. Lay the strip of circles out horizontally, and fill the two gaps at the top and the two gaps at the bottom by stitching the pale green triangles in position.
Inner border strip
Using one of the following colours: E, I, C, A, cast on 10 sts. Knit every row, changing colour every 16 rows, until the strip measures the same as the outer circumference of the centre piece.
Cast off. Join the two short ends, making sure that the strip of knitting is not twisted. Use safety pins to hold the strip in position before stitching it around the outside edge.
Middle border strip
Using one of the following colours: F, G, H, D, B, cast on 10 sts.
Knit every row, changing colour every 16 rows, until the strip measures the same as the outer circumference of the work.
Join the two short ends, making sure that the strip of knitting is not twisted.
Use safety pins to hold the strip in position before stitching it around the outside edge.
Outer border strip
Using A, cast on 15 sts. Knit every row until the strip measures the same as the outer circumference of the work. Cast off. Join the two short ends, making sure that the strip of knitting is not twisted. Use safety pins to hold the strip in position before stitching it around the outside edge.
Cast on 5 sts in C.
K4, sl1 purlwise, yarn forward, with RS facing
p1 through one of the cast-off stitches halfway along the curve at one end of the rug, psso, * move all 5 sts to the other end of the needle and k4, sl1 purlwise, yarn forward, p1 through the next cast-off stitch along the outside edge of the rug, psso.
Repeat from * until you have worked to halfway around the curve at the other end.
Change yarn to H and continue making the i-cord until the circumference is completed.
Cast off and join the two cord ends by hand with a crochet hook or a large darning needle.
Lay the knitting right side up on the burlap and smooth it out to make the edges symmetrical. Pin or tack all around the edge before cutting all the way around 5cm outside the knitted edge. Turn work over and fold the raw edge of the burlap in, so that the fold is inside the edge of the knitted i-cord. Fold the raw edge under by 2cm and then 2cm again. Pin or tack in position.
Sew down by hand all the way around. Working from the front, baste the knitting to the burlap along all the sewing joins to completely secure the rug to the burlap backing.
This is a perfect project for using up wool scraps, but do make sure that your yarns are all the same weight in order to maintain consistent tension throughout.
This rug can also be made out of heavyweight cotton yarns.
I find stitching the pieces together much neater if you do it from the back of the work – Keep checking the other side/front as you work to make sure your stitches are nice and neat.
…here’s a version in cottons – I made it from a stash of scraps and left off the i-cord as I’d run out!