The girls in my office and I participate in a secret grab bag for Christmas. It’s a nice way to share the spirit of giving without breaking the bank and buying everyone a gift. The way it works is that everyone draws a name out of hat and they buy one gift for that person, with a preset maximum dollar limit. It is no secret that I love to crochet and I suspected my gift would be crochet related, maybe a free crochet pattern or book? Well I was right that it was crochet related, my grab bag gift was 2 skeins of yarn!
Yay, you say? Well yes, we all love more yarn, except the yarn I got was Bernat’s Super Bulky Blanket yarn and at first I was stumped. I had no idea what I’d make with these two balls of softness. I started to play a bit and realized that a half double crochet would produce a very thick, soft and “cushiony” fabric. I knew immediately that I would use this for a little throw rug.
I worked up the simple pattern in the round and added a very simple crab stitch border to finish it off. I LOVE IT! The rug is perfect to put at the base of a chair so you can keep your feet extra warm while sitting back and reading a book, or use it as a bath mat. The colorway I used, Sandcastles, looks like little pebbles, don’t you think? If you like the Blanket Yarn by Bernat, you can find it online at Michael’s or in your local store (affiliate link).
I jotted down the pattern below, but it is so basic I’m sure you wont even need to refer to it! I hope you love it too!
• Bernat Super Bulky Blanket Yarn – 2 skeins
• Hook M/13.00 mm
• Yarn needle for weaving ends
Gauge: Not important for this project
Beg – beginning
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
Sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)
St(s) – stitch(es)
Reverse Single Crochet (Crab Stitch) – work a single crochet in each stitch working in the reverse direction of how you usually crochet.
• Beginning ch1 of the round does not count as a stitch
• Start each round in the same stitch as the beginning ch1
• Number in ( ) at end of row/round indicates the number of stitches in that row/round
• Work instructions in [ ] or between **, the designated number of times
Round 1: Ch4, join with sl st to 1st ch to form a loop, ch1, work 9 hdc in center loop, join to first hdc. (9)
Round 2: Ch1, 2 hdc in each st, join to first hdc. (18)
Round 3: Ch 1, [hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first hdc. (27)
Round 4: Ch 1, [hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first hdc. (36)
Round 5: Ch 1, [hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first hdc. (45)
Round 6: Ch 1, [hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first hdc. (54)
Round 7: Ch 1, [hdc in next 5 st, 2 hdc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first hdc. (63)
Round 8: Ch 1, [hdc in next 6 st, 2 hdc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first hdc. (72)
Round 9: Ch 1, [hdc in next 7 st, 2 hdc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first hdc. (81)
Round 10: Ch 1, hdc in to end, join to first hdc. (81)
**Repeat Round 9, eight times, increasing the number in red by 1 for each row. This will cause each row’s stitch count to go up by 9 stitches.
Repeat Round 10**
Repeat instructions between the **, until the rug is your desired size.
Edging: Work a reverse sc in each st (this is known as Crab Stitch). Fasten off.
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