Monday, May 28, 2012

Rag Doily Rug

Last Sunday, I showed you my new project. Since then, I've stopped ripping old sheets into strips and started actually knitting. The pattern, Rag Doily Rug by Coco Knits, is simple garter lace. Which gets a lot less simple feeling when you're knitting with with 1 1/2" strips of torn fabric on size 17 needles! Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this until you already feel confident knitting lace and reading your stitches.

I do love garter stitch lace and short rows -- they're just plain fun! And I'm adoring the thick, squishy texture that I'm getting. It's a total bonus that I can use up some white sheets that weren't nice enough for quilting with. I'd thought they were going to be foundations for string blocks, this is so much better.

I'm not loving the effect that the project is having on my hands. Two thirds of the way through, and it weighs a ton. I never love knitting with huge needles and don't plan to use them again soon. I'm also stressing over my interchangeable needles. This is the first time I've used this Boye Needlemaster set (which came from an estate sale, so they're an older incarnation) and the ends keep getting loose. I'm tightening them every other row.

Wouldn't this be pretty done with vintage sheets? I've got a few that are pretty colors but kind of worn looking..... To see more design walls, head over to Patchwork Times.


Needled Mom said...

I can imagine! The weight alone must be pure pain in your hands.

Allie said...

Well it's absolutely gorgeous, but yes, it must be hard on your hands! I remember trying to crochet with t-shirt yarn, egads I thought my hands would fall off.

Angie said...

I am in LOVE with this---I've crocheted rag rugs but haven't tried knitting one YET :D

ljeanne said...

I've been thinking of a rag quilt for some time. I don't like using the large needles - they really put a strain on your hands. Have you checked out the rag rug in "Mason Dixon Knitting". It looks easier than the Coco Knits pattern. I'll be looking forward to seeing yours completed.


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