Friday, 3 September 2010

Knitting a carpet

It's fairly easy. First, find some rug wool at a secondhand shop for R2 a skein:

That's the hard part over! Next, gather all your thickest knitting needles, and swatch till you find a comfortable match. Then, pick a stitch pattern from the stitch dictionary you found at the same shop:

Tassel stitch, apparently.

I couldn't find it online to link to, so here goes:

Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches, plus 1.
1st row: *k4, p2*, k1
2nd row: p1, *k2, p4*
3rd row: as row 1
4th row: as row 2
5th row: *put right-hand needles between 4th and 5th sts and draw through a loop, k1, p2, k3*, k1
6th row: p1, *p3, k2, p2tog*
7th row: k1, *p2, k4*
8th row: *p4, k2*, p1
9th row: as row 7
10th row: as row 8
11th row: k3, *as row 5 from* ending last rep k1, p2, k1

The 12th row was missing from the instructions, but if you knit the stitches as they appear, as in row 6, it seems to work out.

Even the back looks nice!

No need to do anything fancy along the sides.

Or along the edges.

Keep going till you run out of wool, cast off, and tada!


Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

I'm totally going to do this!

strikk handknits said...

wow! check out the skills on that carpet ;-) very cool....and i'm very impressed.

june at noon said...

That's very cool. Thanks for sharing. I could use one of these!

Thea said...

I LOVE this Jesse! So wish I had the time to make one too. x

Julia said...

This is so awesome. If my mom still has my old stash of coarse rug wool, I'm totally going to be trying this out next time I'm visiting.

Susan Scott said...

That is gorgeous! Believe it or not, I've been working on some floor things too - totally different look and not nearly as elegant!

Ruby in the Dust said...

you are so clever! R2 a ball sounds like the bargain of the century, good one.

Danya Ristić said...

Well done! And the last photo really shows off the pattern - like fish scales or roof tiles, so neatly ordered.

Tania said...

Where were you when I started on that french knotted rug making bizzo?!?!?! Knitted fabulousness indeed.

heleen said...

very pretty! I hope to find such wool as well, or maybe it works with a wool blanket cut-up in yarn.... I've got one here....guess I'll try it!

Received your beautiful postcard, mine is coming soon!

Denise Kiggan said...

So Amazing. Just love the way the wool and the pattern were thrifted! Really cool!

tjou-tjou said...

jy is 'n masjien. PRAGTIG.

Dizzy said...

love the mat! You were really lucky to find the carpet wool and at such a bargain price!

iHanna said...

oh, it is lovely! well done! but... will you be able to walk on it? it's to pretty for that...

Helen said...

That is one lovely run, if I could just steal it and put it in my living room, I'd be very happy! Super stuff.

Mirtzi said...

Wow! I just found your blog. This carpet is cool- I will add it to my "things to knit next"-list:) Thanks for the pattern.
Mirtzi from Finland