Big rug - Big crochet hook
When it come to projects - the bigger, the better, and that applies to my crochet as well. I have been wanting to make a cotton rug for ages but didn't want to sit forever with thin cotton thread and tiny hook. So, as usual, I decided to go big by making my own super-sized crochet hook.
You will need 25mm diameter crochet hook, some thin cotton string and a large tapestry needle to sew the mat together once you've finished the crochet chain. To make the 25mm diameter crochet hook I used a regular 25mm pine dowel that I purchased at Builders Warehouse.
After drawing the basic shape onto the dowel, I used my Dremel MultiTool to carve and shape the hook part. To be honest, it only took me about 30 minutes to make the crochet hook and it's a nice size to work with. Anything smaller and it gets trickier!
Here's a pic of the super-sized crochet hook in action. I used 100% cotton string for my rug. I started with a creamy-white colour for the inner circle and then changed to a taupe colour for the outer circle. The rug is made using a continuous chain stitch that is sewn together to create the circle shape.
I choose string for this project because it's easy to wash, either by hand or in the washing machine. If you want to you can easily dye to any colour, and if it gets wet it will dry quickly. I'm thinking that my first rug will go into the bathroom. But then again, I also need one for the bedroom. Guess I will have to make more than one.
Sewing together proved more time consuming than making the rug. I also used a cotton string to sew the chains together to create a large circular rug. The finished rug measures 60 centimetres in diameter and fits nicely into the bathroom. I am not an expert at crochet, but I'm sure that there are many readers out there who are. If you do this project I would love to receive pics of your finished designs.