This is the third project I’ve made from Jane Brocket’s The Gentle Art of Knitting – a rug for my bathroom! I love Jane’s book. It’s a knitting book I can genuinely sit and read simply for amusement.
My two most recent knitting projects have both been slow makes, involving DK wool. To refresh my palate, I wanted to knit something chunky and quick – enter the rug. I bought some cheap as chips chunky wool from Deramores. This is Stylecraft Life Super Chunky, coming in at £3.09 a ball. I think I used just over four balls for this make. Let’s say £13 cost in total. The wool is 70% acrylic, which suits me just fine – I will be throwing a bathroom rug in the washing machine! I can’t be doing with luxurious wool investments for such a deeply practical make.
I added a blanket stitch trim in some wool I had hanging around from a previous project. Sweet!
A note on blocking something like this. I kept my damp tea towel and iron close to the borders, to block all the curling edges out, but I didn’t want to flatten the gorgeous 3D shape out of the cables. Less is more.
If you don’t want to fork out for an entire book, in order to make a rug, you don’t need to. If you know how to cable knit, you can make this rug. If you don’t know how to cable knit, Google it – there’s bound to be a tutorial. (Look! I’ve found one here.) So with four balls of chunky wool, big knitting needles and some Google know-how you too could have your own knitted rug. It’s easy!