crocheted rag rug

Here is a fun project I've been wanting to do for years.  My fabric didn't go as far as I thought it would, so my rug is a lot smaller than I envisioned.  No worries though.  I'll accumulate some more old sheets and things and add on to it until it takes up our entire living room.  ;-)

I searched around for a pattern to follow but ended up making up my own.  The thickness of your fabric strips and size of your hook will influence how often you need to increase, so no pattern will work perfectly for every rug.  I believe I started out with six single crochet stitches in a magic ring and then increased every stitch in the next round.  (Increasing is just making two [or more] stitches in a single stitch instead of one stitch.)  After the second round though I just increased whenever the edge of the rug started to curl up.  If the rug was laying flat I kept doing single stitches.  Instead of getting cozy on the couch like I usually do when I crochet, I worked this project while sitting on the floor to make it easier to see if it was laying flat or not.  I restarted this rug at least three times before I really got going and understood how it worked.  Increasing when you need to rather than following a pattern really seemed the best way to go about it.

Here are some blog posts I used as reference for my crocheted rag rug.
Thrifty Below
Craft Stylish
B is for Becky

Hopefully this summer I can find some more fabric at garage sales to continue my rug.  :)