Have you ever wondered if you could create your own woollen rugs? Well, if you enjoy knitting or crocheting, then you need wonder no longer!
1. The three pictures below show a crocheted rug in progress using 3 small balls of wool (each approx. 60cm in circumference) using a 21mm diameter hardwood crochet hook 30cm in length (available from our shop at £13). You will also need a blunt needle with a large eye and a pair of scissors. A crocheted rug is denser and tighter than a knitted one and uses more wool. The crocheted rugs are more suitable for the floor and tend to keep their shape better than the knitted ones.
2. The three pictures below show a knitted rug in progress using one large ball of wool (approx. 100cm in circumference) and a pair of 21mm diameter hardwood knitting needles 60cm in length (available from our shop for £18 if bought with a large box of wool). As with the crocheted rug, you will need a blunt needle with a large eye and a pair of scissors. The knitted rugs are looser than the crocheted ones and don't use as much wool. They are also cosier and more versatile (e.g. for wrapping around your legs) than a crocheted rug.
Once it has been completed your knitted or crocheted rug should now be washed, preferably in a washing machine on a WOOL wash at either 30 or 40 degrees (NB not a delicate wash). A wool & silk liquid detergent and fabric softener may be used. As with any wool product, do NOT tumble dry!