Sunday, July 29, 2012

How to Knit a Sweet Little Remnant Rug

This is a super easy project for anyone who can do a basic garter stitch. Use whatever fabric scraps you have on hand, or if you have a particular color scheme in mind, raid the remnants section at the fabric store. I found most of what I needed at the yearly Buddhist temple rummage sale in Perry District.

All you need...

Size 17 US circular knitting needles
Lots of fabric scraps. (The longer, the better)

The amount of fabric you need will depend on the rug size you want. My finished rug was about 22x36", and I probably used close to 3 yards to achieve that length.

Cut the remnants into 1/2" strips. These don't need to be particularly neat or precise. You can go wider or skinnier depending on your preference.

 You can either tie the strips together in a knot, or making a slit at the end, loop the strips together like you would a rubber band.

 Cast on 35 stitches. Make sure these are loose enough to work with comfortably. Depending on the width of your strips and type of fabrics you are using, you made need to change this number up a bit.

Start knitting!
Knit to the end of the first row.
Repeat row until desired length.
Bind off loosely and weave in the ends. 

Simple as can be!

This Rug is so easy and has a really neat texture under bare feet.

Puppy Approved. Dirty Dishes and all.


  1. It is beautiful Lilly!

  2. I want one!! Do you have a fabric cutter that makes it easy?? Like one for binding?

  3. The fabric strips were painstakingly cut by hand. This project probably would have only taken a few hours if it weren't for those.

  4. (I used cotton fabric.) I made a slit every 1 1/2 inches all the way down the fabric. Then I was able to tear the fabric right down the grain. Much easier than cutting each strip one at a time.