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« on: November 05, 2010 11:26:37 AM »

Here is the rug I crocheted out of t-shirt yarn.   I made it for a dear friend who let me stay at her place, and she loves rainbows and so do I, so this was born!  It was fun to make, and it didn't take too long.  The trickiest part was increasing appropriately, because increasing 1 stitch for each round per row stopped working after a while because it got too ripply.  I just messed with it and increased less after that randomly.  I also laid it out and put some books on it for a few days, and stretched it out with my hands.  It got a lot flatter after that.  T-yarn is very forgiving.  I used an N size hook, and single crochet continuously.  The light colored specks are the printing on the tshirts I used.  I got them all from the buy by the pound thrift store, except for one or two I had on hand.  Those are my feet for reference.  I forgot to measure it but it is probably a bit more than 2 feet in diameter.

I was definitely inspired by the following posts:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346282.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361844.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350993.0






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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010 11:30:48 AM »

It's beautiful, good job!

Usually the formula for increases to make a circle are to add as many stitches as you started with. 

Example: for single crochet, you start with 6 stitches, and then you add an extra 6 stitches in each round (so round 2 will have 12 sts, round 3 will have 18, and so on)

But that doesn't always work in every situation.  You handled what was happening with yours very well!
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010 04:56:24 PM »

Thanks!  The formula I have always used is:

1. start with a foundation chain or magic circle (my favorite!)
2. the next row is all double stitches in each stitch
3. the next row is a double stitch followed by a single stitch,
4. the next row is a double stitch followed by 2 single stitches,
5. the next row is a double stitch followed by 3 single stitches
6. you get the idea.

However at the larger sizes it can get a bit wonky.  I may try your formula next time I'm making something big.  On second thought, are we saying the same thing different ways?

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010 06:22:25 PM »

I think we are saying the same way, actually!

I'd just point out that if you make sure that you don't stack the increases on top of one another, you'll end up with a more circular shape (assuming that's what you're going for.  I'm quite fond of hexagons, so I don't always do this ^_^)
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