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Published on July 23rd, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: big squishy crochet rug!

Learn to make a fantastic rug with Hoooked Zpaghetti with Kate Eastwood’s step by step tutorial!

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Whether you’re looking for a rug that adds warmth to a wooden or stone floor, or for a soft play spot for your little ones, this big squishy rug could be just the thing!

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

The finished rug measures approx. 110cm from point to point.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

It’s very quick to make and a lot of fun to do as it is made from Hoooked Zpagetti – a fun and modern twist on your traditional yarn, made from cotton jersey fabric. I worked an edging around the rug in a slightly thinner cotton jersey fabric yarn.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

For my rug I used 3 balls of Zpagetti in Grey 12 for the main body of the rug, and then I used 3 balls of Austermann Cool Cut in Ecru 10 for the border. I used a size 10mm hook for the rug and an 8mm hook for the border.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

If this is the first time you’ve worked with Zpagetti you’ll find that compared to normal yarn it’s a little different to work with.  From my experience making this rug I would really recommend keeping your work as loose as possible — and I also found it easier to work if I held my hook slightly differently than usual. It may well be worth you trying out a small sample before you start on your rug.

Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch. 12 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug on the LoveCrochet blog

One thing I did find when working with such a thick yarn is that everything seems so magnified! And because of this there were a couple of times I found it hard to know where to join each round and work the SL ST. Hopefully the diagrams below will help.

As you can see in the picture below each of the 12 stitches are quite clear to see, and the stitch marker is marking the SL ST and chain 1 from Round 1.

I did find counting as I went worked well, but you could also use a stitch marker to help too.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

When you come to work your SL ST you need to go in literally right underneath stitch 12, taking care not to mistake the SL ST and chain from 1 from the previous round as the stitch to join to.

After each SL ST work a CH 1 and then attach your stitch marker to the Chain 1.

If you join the end of each round in this way you should find that the joining ‘seam’ is hardly visible at all. If you look at the picture below my joining seam is directly underneath the hook and loop, and is really not too noticeable.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 3: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to the following stitch. 18 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 4: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 2 stitches. 24 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 5: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 3 stitches. 30 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 6: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 4 stitches. 36 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 7: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 5 stitches. 42 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 8: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 6 stitches. 48 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 9: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 7 stitches. 54 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 10: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 8 stitches. 60 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 11: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 9 stitches. 66 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 12: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 10 stitches. 72sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 13: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 11 stitches. 78sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 14: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 12 stitches. 84sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 15: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 13 stitches. 90sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 16: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 14 stitches. 96sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 17: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 15 stitches. 102 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 18: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 16 stitches. 108sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 19: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 17 stitches. 114sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 20: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 18 stitches. 120sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 21: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 19 stitches. 126sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 22: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 20 stitches. 132 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 23: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 21 stitches. 138sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 24: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 22 stitches. 144sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 25: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 23 stitches. 150sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 26: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 24 stitches. 156 sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

Round 27: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the following 25 stitches. 162sts. SL ST together and chain 1.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

At the end of Round 27 finish off and sew in your ends.

For the border I used 2 strands of Austermann Cool Cut and a size 8mm hook.

Begin the border by working 2 DC in to each stitch all the way around the edge of the rug. At the end of the round join together with a SL ST.

Round 2: Chain 3 and *SL ST back in to the base of the same stitch. SL ST in to each of the next 2 stitches. In the next stitch DC, work the chain of 3 and repeat the pattern from *

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug on the LoveCrochet blog

Work this picot border all the way around the edge of the rug. At the end join with a SL ST, finish off and sew in your ends.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

For the final touch to finish off my rug I worked a 4 thickness strand of the Austernmann all the way around the rug, one round in from the edge of the blanket.

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

 

And that’s it, your rug is all ready for its new home! All that’s left to say is…. Watch out! Hooking with Zpagetti is very addictive!

crochet rug: Big Squishy Rug by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Kate says: 

I recently made this rug again, this time using Hoooked Ribbon XL Solids. This yarn was just as lovely to work with as the Hoooked Zpagetti, and comes in a wide range of colours. I used the same sized hook and 4 x balls of yarn in Stone Grey (31). The final measurements worked out slightly smaller as the yarn is a little thinner overall than the Zpaghetti. To finish this rug I added a border of pompom edging that I hand sewed around the edge.

Crochet club: Hoooked Ribbon Solids on the LoveCrochet blog

You may well have also spotted one extra addition to this rug! As it was a wedding present for my lovely nephew and his beautiful new wife, it was absolutely essential that I added in their much loved hamster, Pearl!

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




2 Responses to Crochet Club: big squishy crochet rug!

  1. Liv says:

    Hello Merion!:-)
    I love your patterns and I have made the cute little polar bear hat. People have been asking me if I sell them, but I wanted to check in with you first, to see if I have the right to make profit from them?:-)
    Love Liv

    • sian says:

      Hello Liv,

      Yes we think in this case it should be fine 🙂 Thank you for asking!
      Happy hooking!

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