Knitting Woven Rugs Or By Using Old Sweaters

I made this rug by using old sweaters’ sleeves and cutting the remaining pieces into strips. For this project, I bought color-coordinating sweaters at the thrift shop (clearanced to 25 cents each) and washed them in cool water and Woolite before cutting them up. I serged the edges to prevent ravelling and bought a skein of matching yarn just in case I had any mending or filling to do.

I did end up using the yarn to “edge” some of the pieces to even them out in length.  I also used the yarn to tack the pieces into place. I preferred to make my rug appear more finished by tacking and connecting the strips completely. But for a more rustic look the DIYNetwork directions are great.

The actual DIYNetwork directions are below:

This knitted rug is the simplest of projects to make for the home — and an economical way to recycle remnants of yarn in the age-old tradition. It’s also great if you are new to knitting, as it really is so quick and easy to make and a little more functional than many first knitting projects. This is a new take on double knitting, in which the different knitted strips are simply woven together to make a stylish textile for the floor. Alternatively, make this rug in tones of one hue to enhance the textures and coordinate with a particular color scheme in your house.

Materials assorted yarns from your stash (you’ll need approximately 1-3?4 ounces [50 grams] of yarn for one strip measuring 32″ long and 3-3?4″ wide) 1 pair size 10-1?2 (6.5 or 7mm) knitting needles, or size for your chosen yarns sewing needle sewing thread

Size The size of this rug is determined by the length of the knitted strips, which can be varied as required. The rug shown here measures 32″ long by 24″ wide.

Gauge 12 stitches and 16 rows = 4″/10cm in stockinette stitch using 10-1?2 needles. Always work a gauge swatch and change needles accordingly if necessary.

Making a Knitted Tube Cast on an even number of stitches. (The rug shown here is made of double knitting strips of 20 stitches.) Row 1: * knit 1, bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip 1 purlwise, take yarn to back of work between needles, repeat from * to end. The last stitch of every row is a slipped purl stitch. Repeat this row until knitting measures 32″ or required length. Bind off by working 2 stitches together (in other words, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, then slip the first stitch over the second) to end of row. Thread the yarn end through the last loop and pull to fasten off.

Weaving the Knitted Strips Once you have made the required number of long and short strips, simply lay them out in a grid with the longer ones running lengthwise and the short ones running widthwise. Weave all the strips together, working them over and under each other alternately. Where the lengthwise and widthwise strips cross, secure each strip in place with small stitches using the sewing thread.

Knit Bit: According to Harvard Medical School, knitting is just as effective as yoga for reducing stress.

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6 thoughts on “Knitting Woven Rugs Or By Using Old Sweaters

    • I love to give new life to an otherwise throw away item. It’s a feel-good project and perfect to compliment an antique piece of furniture or on a table or bureau top with a family heirloom sitting on top.

  1. I don’t knit, and am unlikely to do this craft project. I’m a weaver, although I seem to quilt more just now. But the weaving aspect of your project interested me.Have you washed it yet? Where are you planning to use this rug?

    • I washed the sweaters first in cool water and Woolite. I am using this rug under an antique rocking chair to protect my hardwood floor. I don’t knit either. I used old sweaters and cut them up, binding the edges. So this project could be done by anyone and in a very earth-friendly manner. I, too, am dabbling in quilting and am very excited to get my feet wet.

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