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« on: December 18, 2012 10:36:04 PM »

So I want to make this rug: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcf4oi8WDi1qb83abo1_500.jpg

I've been wanting to make it for a while now. Recently I found my crochet hooks so now I'm ready to go. I have actually never crocheted before. My question is regarding materials. Is it important to use a certain type of yarn? I have a bit of a stash from knitting in a past life, but it's all kind of fancy/expensive. I don't *mind* using fancy yarn on this project, I was just wondering as far as it holding up in a rug goes if it would be okay. I'm assuming you would want something more rugged (heh heh). One skein in particular I've singled out is 75% microdenier (?) acrylic/25% merino "medium/4" here: (beward of autoplay) http://www.naturallycaron.com/shade_cards/country_sh.html. Do you think that's doable? Regardless, do you have any suggestions for yarn and/or hook size?

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate any and all responses.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012 01:00:40 AM »

Oooooo. If you're intending to put the rug somewhere that gets a lot of foot traffic, I would definitely NOT use your Country yarn for that. It's soft and pretty, yes, but also somewhat delicate. Great for scarves/wraps, not so much for rugs.

I'd suggest sticking with your basic 100% acrylic yarn (or 100% cotton, if you're feeling a little more fancy) for a rug. Red Heart's a solid, cheap standard, but the colors are limited (if they're the colors you want, though, then no problem!). If you've got a Hobby Lobby near you, the "I Love This Yarn" brand is a bit nicer and comes in more colors. For the rug shown in the picture, I'm thinking probably an H or I hook to make your motifs before you stick them all together. (You might need to test your gauge first to see how loopy your stitches are, and go up/down a hook size if need be.)

Any other questions, feel free to hit me up. And good luck! Crocheting's fun, though be warned - you'll probably develop a hook/yarn addiction, if you haven't got one already. Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012 01:16:40 AM »

Thank you so much for the tips.
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