🌚Boho Crochet Scrap Rug (P2)

Boho Crochet Scrap Rug

Sooooo…tomorrow turned into over a week later. I hadnt anticipated the wave of pure fatigue that swept over my mind-body after my 2nd dose of the Moderna Vaccine. The fatigue over took 2.5 days of my life, logging in 3 hours nap and marathon sleeping nights. So, I apologize for the delay. Guess I need to start underpromising or start batching posts (goals!).

But, it’s done! Finally, it’s done. I feel like it was an albatross. It was so difficult working the pattern out from just looking at some old photos of it as I no longer have the actual rug. Plus, the little rope puffs, that make it so boho, proved to obscure what kind of crochet stitch I had used.

There are only 7 rounds to add onto part 1, but let me reiterate some tips:

Do crochet loosely. You will crochet loosely. That is your mantra. 😊

Do make sure each scrap piece is overhand knotted together tightly.

Do make sure to help push the knots through the stitches

And Do enjoy the process. Crocheting is fun. It’s calming. It is rewarding

Part 2 of The Pattern. Using same hook from part 1

(beg = beginning)

Round 6: ch 4, skip 1, sl st in 3rd st, ch4, skip 1, sl st in nxt st all the way around. (17 ch4’s)sl st in top of first beg ch4

The way it should look after round 6

R7: ch3, 3 DC’s on each ch4 from previous round all the way around, sl st join to beg ch3

After Round 7

R8: ch 2, sc in every chain all the way around, sl st join to beg ch2

R9: ch 3, DC in same ch3 space and DC in nxt 9 stitches, 2DCs in every 10th ch, repeat this all the way around, sl st join to beg ch3

R10: ch3, dc + ch1 all the way around, sl st to join to beg ch3

R11: ch4, DC in every chain all the way around, sl st to join to beg ch4

After Round 11

R12: (this differs from the original rug, I cant tell what stitch I used at the end, but this one makes it look so much sweeter. 😊) ch3, skip a st, then sl st in next st, ch3, skip a st, then slip st in next stitch, repeat this process all of the way around, then, ch3 and sl st to join to beg.

Finishing touches, look on both sides of your rug creation and see which side is fuzzier. Then, pull through other bits of the unraveled pieces through to the same size for a more fuzzy look.

I threw mine in the wash and bleached it after I was done because many of the scraps dont have the same dye lot so I was trying to have it look more uniform. On the original one, I had washed and dried it at least three times so it was pleasantly white washed. This one, not so much just yet. Plus, I’ve added in a little gray and a little hunter green. I washed it on hot and dried it on normal just a little bit then I hung (hanged 🤷🏾‍♀️) it to finish drying so that it didn’t shrink too much.

If you’d like to dye this rug, it will take on dye really well because cotton is a natural fiber. So have at it!

Lastly, I’ll be posting monthly updates of the growing and growing of this rug. So stay tuned. And if you need a skein of this scrap rope ‘yarn’, let me know. I can make some up and post for sale in my Etsy shop.

Happy Making 🌚🌙

eitm

Boho Crochet Rug How To Video Clips 🌚

So, below is a clip on adding the additional scraps to the existing work AND how to push thru with your index finger to get knots thru stitches. The whole rug is 12 rounds. I have updated part 1 to reflect that they are rounds not rows, since we are obviously working in a round.

And, rope is cotton rope 1/4 inch diameter not 1/4 of an inch. Updated as well. It is available for .10c/foot at knotandrope.com (the best place for bulk unbleached cotton yarn).

Boho Crochet Rag Rug (P1)🌚

Boho Scrap Rug from Macrame Cut Offs

Finally, it is here! Yes, I know a couple of you are quite excited as you were patiently awaiting this pattern. If I had written the pattern down when I created the original, then I could’ve posted it immediately, but no, always working backwards here <face palm>. Gotta definitely get my act together and write these patterns down as they come out. And, I am always creating so there’s a flood of them in the recesses of my mind.

I wanted to have the pattern to you two weeks ago, but of course, this year has already thrown me a curve ball with my tiny human getting COVID from therapy (I tested negative despite being in his face ALLOFTHETIME, thank you Dolly Parton Vaccine!). My best laid plans always go awry and I’m starting to think maybe I need to work on being more prepared! Gotta start batching posts. Goals! 🙌🏾

Added a lil grey scrap 😉

So, for this boho macrame cut offs rug/scrap rug/macrame scrap rug, here is the materials list:

Crochet Hook H/15 or 10mm (for those in the metrics lands)

1/4 inch cotton rope cut offs (from your previous works)

Scissors (not pictured below, ya know what they are)

Round Markers (optional)

Now, please read the following very carefully (as opposed to risky :0) This project is easy, however, the actual crocheting part is more arduous than one normally would have when using yarn (particularly wool or any fiber with stretch). The cotton rope has zero give, it is just very inflexible, which makes the crochet pull through harder than usual. However, “you can do hard things” so it just takes more patience and dexterous fortitude than you would use with plain ‘ol yarn. Also, the actual crocheting takes about 2-3 hours, it’s the knotting together of the ends so that they make a continuous length that adds more time at the front end. I find it somewhat soothing, yet maybe you will not find it so. Don’t let any of the above discourage you though!

Overhand knotting scraps together

This project uses some basic crochet stitches and terminology:

R = Round CH = Chain St = Stitch Sl St = Slip Stitch DC = Double Crochet SC = Single Crochet

Step 1: Take all of your scraps and link them together with an overhand knot. Just the basic tying knot. See pictorial below. You have to leave a little bit of a tail on each to give the fringe vibe of the rug.

Step 2: Gather your materials

Step 3: Begin the Pattern. It is worked in a round

The Pattern

***One thing that you will have to work around is the knots in the links. It can make crocheting a little challenging if the knot is in the pull thru. Sometimes, you have to use your index finger to push the knot thru the stitch. See the next post for video clip how to on pushing through.

Also, repeat after me “I will crochet loosely, I will crochet loosely!” This isn’t a sock pattern and crocheting tightly will only make your life and this rug very hard to create.

R1: Ch 6 and then join with sl st to make a ring.

R2: Ch3, 8 SC’s in middle of ring, sl st to join.

R3: Ch4, DC in same stitch as CH4, and 2 DC’s in each St to ch3 space, sl st to join. (18)

R5: Ch2, SC all the way around, sl st to join. (36)

Get started, and please come back tomorrow for part 2, parenting is hard….

🌚Raffia Wall Hanging

Today’s DIY

Finally finished a project and I love it! 🥰 I have been working on it for months, but truly, it’s like a two hour project total. However, given I have a serious diagnosis of severe “shiny object syndrome”, I always have at least 5 wip’s (works in progress) in progress. This week though, I decided they ALL have to be completed by Sunday, so time’s almost up.

Raffia and Clay

At the beginning of the year, I decided my colors were gonna be terra cotta and green. So, my whole new crafterroom is being decorated with those colors in the mix. The green can’t just be any green, yet anything dark academia inspired or olive. With those colors in mind, the new creation is fitting right into the crafterroom decor. 👇🏾

Unfinished Raffia Moon

So, if you wanna learn how to make this Raffia Moon, steps and materials are below.

Materials: I got most items at Michael’s except the Raffia and cardboard.

Materials

Hoop (Wire or deconstructed Ashland Wreath Ring)

Raffia (Mine is from Wool and the Gang)

Craftsmart Modeling Clay (you can also use Sculpey Clay) the Modeling Clay can not be heated. Sculpey can.

E6000

Cardboard circular cut out (from a shipping box)

Scissors

Measuring tape for 1 inch measurement

Gather your supplies and first trace your cardboard piece using your hoop as the template. Then, you will need to measure out 1 inch and trace another inner circle from previous.

Trace onto cardboard then cut out 1 inch circle
After Raffia is added

Next, cut raffia pieces off the spool in measurements of 10 inches each. Double up and hang all raffia pieces with a lark’s head knot all the way around. It takes quite a few pieces. I didnt count but it’s morr than 50 pieces.

Get your clay out and make many, many mini 1/2 inch balls. So many that they can fit all the way around the inner circle. They do not have to be perfectly round 1/2 inch balls.

Grab your cardboard circle and place it under the raffia laden hoop. The circle will go underneath and the hoop will lay in the middle all the way around. Once it is lined up, place a sliver of glue all the way around. Then, put the raffia hoop atop the glue of the cardboard.

Cardboard peeking out

Grab a heavy book to lay on top to let the glue set overnight. 🌚

After cardboard is set to the raffia hoop, add a thin layer of glue in quadrants as you work your way around the cardboard part. Obviously, the balls are inside the hoop.

Then, place the little clay balls side by side, touching the one beside it. You kinda have to squish them gently together.

Once you’ve kinda wedged the last ball in, gently and carefully smooth out any fingernail or rough spots in the clay balls with your fingertips. My hands were very green after rolling the balls. You will have to dishwashing soap your hands well to get the clay off.

Next step is optional, get a hair dryer and heat the balls up for about 10 minutes. Basically, going around and arouns. Or, you can let them bake in the sun (provided it’s hot out) for 15m. I did not do this last step, I placed mine near the heat of our fireplace. If you want your mini balls to be hard, heat them in your oven on 175 degrees for 12 minutes before placing them glued to the cardboard. (Let them cool down first).

If you do heat them in the oven on wax paper, you will have to add more than a thin bit of glue when setting the mini balls though.

Reminds me of a Lion King 🦁

Voila! You have a beautiful and textured raffia moon slash lion mane on your wall. I was surprised how much I love this piece. It sparks a lot of joy when I see it in my crafterroom. I hope it makes you happy as well. 😊

Ps. I do have a post coming this week on how to make the cast offs rug featured in my most popular post. The pattern is just taking longer than expected, but is mostly done.

Happy Making

eitm

Simple Macrame Bunting Pattern 🌙

Hello again!  Welcome to my first macrame pattern tutorial! I am sharing this simple, yet chic macrame banner bunting pattern as my first “make” post.  It is a beautiful back drop or decor for a wedding show, baby shower, nursery or any room you feel needs a tranquil, elegant vibe!

 

It is the most popular item in my Etsy shop by sales and favorites. I have made sooo many of them in different sizes and colors! They are quite versatile and go with many different design motifs, be it minimalist or bohemian.

Triangles are popular in all types of design from architectural to visual. Must be something deep in our beings harkening to the Pyramids of Egypt. Anyhooter, this design uses one type of knot and just a tiny bit of math!  So, 3-2-1, let’s get started! 🚀

First off, you will need to gather your materials and a place to make it!

Materials:

• Any Cotton Rope or Bulky Yarn. I use 3/16 inch Cotton Rope for this tutorial. (Cotton rope purveyor I use is knot and rope supply, but Etsy has some great suppliers and Modern Macrame is also a great place for cotton rope).

• Scissors

So, to make a 4 foot long bunting with 5 pennants (the triangles) you will need to cut 50 pieces of yarn or rope (i will call it cord in directions) in progressively longer tendrils. There are 10 pieces per pennant, so 10 times 5 = 50. Each square knot, as I calculated with 3/16 cotton rope takes up 2.5 inches. So, I made each piece longer than the previous, 1-2 inches longer. Ideally, I should’ve made them 2.5 inches longer, but alls well that ends well. My main goal was to not waste rope. And the closer you get to the middle, the longer cords have to be!

So, a few terms to go over:

Bight: The loop of a knot. Where it bends in half.

Working cord: The cord or cords doing all of the work of going under and over.

Lark’s Head Knot: Most Common Mounting Knot. Short video below.

How to Lark’s Head Knot

Square Knot: A very common knot. Very important.

How to Square Knot

Let’s Make It!

Pattern:

label your cords in each 4 cluster 1-4, from Left to Right. 1 and 4 will be your working cords for every square knot. 2 and 3 will be the middle cords all being worked around.

Separate all cords into 5 separate bundles of 10.

row 1: take first 10 cords and mount them with a larks head knot onto your 4 ft rope, mounting 1-5, smallest to largest, and then from largest to smallest. (see photo 1 below). Then, make 5 separate square knots with each cluster of 4. you can work from L to R or R to L. It doesn’t matter.

row 2: next row, from leftmost, make 4 separate square knots with each cluster of 4, however, unlike the previous cluster, you will take 2 cords from the left and 2 cords from a different knot on the right. Repeat this until you have 4 square knots. (see photos below for visual understanding)

row 3: repeat the method of row 2 taking 2 from left and 2 from right, tying 3 square knots

row 4: repeat method 2, tying 2 square knots

row 5: finally, tie one square knot in the middle making the point of the triangle.

Now, if you are making yours exactly like mine, use a measuring tape and measure 6 inches down. Once you have done so, cut all cords across 6 inches. ( I don’t mind if mine unravel a little, if you do mind, just dip them in beeswax or tape the ends).

So, repeat the above 4 more times per pennant, leaving 4 inches in between each pennant and you have yourself a beautiful macrame wall bunting! Swoon. 😍

Next tutorial in 4 days is all about uses for Tomato Cages! You won’t want to miss it!

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