Due to the massive amount of requests I got for this, we simply had to make a tutorial showing you how to make your very own huge roving rug.
MATERIALS: Roving! I used 7.5 lbs of gray merino wool roving for the size you see here. 3 feet across. Not gonna lie… it was a spendy rug. What is roving? There are different types but it’s basically wool that’s been cleaned and prepped and now all the fibers are lining up pretty and ready for use. Normally roving is used for hand-spinners to spin into their own yarn. But today, we’re using it AS our yarn.
I used to carry it in my shop but don’t any longer.
You can google “roving” or “roving bump” for suppliers. Also check out etsy.com
I used soft merino wool which is more spendy than other types of roving, so feel free to use Corriedale wool or BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester) wool, or even cotton, bamboo or any other type of wool.
Another option is to cut 2-3″ strips of fabric and use that. That’s a much cheaper route. The roving can cost several hundred dollars for this size of rug. I used 7.5 lbs total.
TOOLS: None really since we’re using our fingers as our crochet hook. Just a scrap of yarn or a little stitch holder like I use in the video. This will mark the end of each round.
If you’re a crocheter, this should make perfect sense. If you’re not a crocheter and this video confuses you (hopefully not! I tried to go slowly so you could really see what I was doing and follow along even if you don’t crochet), you can checkout my crochet videos on my YouTube channel. I have knitting, spinning and other tutorials as well, so feel free to subscribe if you don’t want to miss out on any future episodes.
We’re working single crochet rounds, but due to the bulkiness of the roving, we are not completing each round. We’re continuing around in a spiral. It’s important to mark the end of each round as you finish it, so you can keep track of where your previous round ended.
sl st=slip stitch
Create a slip knot. Ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in your original slip knot loop. (Pull the tail gently to tighten up your hole).
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in the BACK LOOP of each sc around. – 12 sc (Remember to mark the final stitch of your round and move it to the new round after finishing each round!)
Rnd 3: Work 2 sc in the BACK LOOP of the first stitch and then 1 sc in the BACK LOOP of the next stitch. Repeat around. – 18 sc
Rnd 4: Work 2 sc in the BACK LOOP of the first stitch and then 1 sc in the BACK LOOP of the next 2 stitches. Repeat around. – 24 sc
Rnd 5: Work 2 sc in the BACK LOOP of the first stitch and then 1 sc in the BACK LOOP of the next 3 stitches. Repeat around. – 30 sc
Rnd 6: Work 2 sc in the BACK LOOP of the first stitch and then 1 sc in the BACK LOOP of the next 4 stitches. Repeat around. – 36 sc
Continue in this pattern until finished. Mine is 3 feet across! Make yours as big or small as you like.
Keep these 2 things in mind:
1. You’re increasing 6 stitches per round. Count and make sure at the end of each round!
2. The pattern should be obvious, but you’ll see you’re working 1 additional SINGLE sc per repeat, each round. So your increases (the part where you work 2 sc into 1 sc, thus increasing) are becoming farther and farther apart.
Work 2 sl st and weave in your ends as I show in the video. Have fun squishing around on your huge rug!
To clean it, just pick it up and shake it out.
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