Striped bathroom rugs

Because the wine shag bathroom set I’ve had since the 80s SO needed to be replaced :-). Photos forthcoming…

Hook: 5.0 mm (H)
Yarn: Lion Brand Recycled Cotton, Marine and Seashells

These are an improvised design. I used the Best Crocheted Potholder technique to get a thick rug without needing to double the yarn and use a big hook. The stripe pattern is one I came up with after searching the web for various ways of doing stripes other than just alternating colors: 8 rows blue, 4 white, 2 blue, 4 white, 2 blue, 4 white.

The smaller rug (finished around Nov. 4) was originally going to be a contour, but then I realized that a rectangle would work just as well and not be so obviously for the bathroom.

After making that one, I noticed that the sides are larger than the center due to the way the rows alternate, which would only be worse on the larger rug. Eventually I worked out a solution: Skip the first stitch in each row (so over a foundation of 81, only 80 sts are worked), and sl st the last stitch of each row. This gives a much more even result. I also used the “no foundation chain” technique to start the larger rug.

Small rug: 81 sts, 128 rows, 21″ x 18″.
Large rug: 81 sts, 224 rows, 21″ x 32.5″.

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