DIY Recycled T Shirt Rug Tutorial

How to crochet a round rug from DIY Tshirt yarn @savedbyloves  

Last week I shared with you How to Make T-Shirt Yarn along with over 30 projects to make with it. I showed you the pile of yarn I whipped up in various shades of blue:

How to Make tshirt yarn and 30 Plus projects to make @savedbyloves

Today I am sharing the pattern I used to create my round t-shirt rug from my handmade yarn! My rug is worked in the round, and I was able to get 11 double crochet rounds (or rows) from the yarn pictured. To get the gradient effect for the blues, I used Tulip fabric tie dye in turquoise. I just dyed a white shirt, diluted the solution with water, dyed the next white shirt, diluted with water once more and dyed two white shirts. I dried these in the dryer, then cut into continuous t-shirt yarn as shown in the tutorial linked.

Recycled Tshirt Yarn Rug Tutorial

It took some trial and error to make this flat circle rug with my t-shirt yarn. The first attempt, I used a Size P (10.0 mm). I was much happier when I went up a size to Q (15.75 mm). It was WAY easier to work with the yarn using the larger hook! I made my strips 1.5 inches wide and this was the best hook size.

Crochet in the round

Here is the pattern:

To begin, either use the magic ring method, or Ch 4 and join with a slst to form a ring. Round 1:  Ch3. 11 x dc into the ring. Join by making a slst into the top of the first dc. Round 2: Ch3. Dc inc in the next st and each st around.The last dc inc will fall in the back end of the sl st join, which is quite tight, but that is how I learned to crochet (and design).  Join to the first dc with a sl st. Round 3: Ch3. *Dc inc, dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 4: Ch3. *Dc inc, 2 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 5: Ch3. *Dc inc, 3 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 6: Ch3. *Dc inc, 4 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 7: Ch3. *Dc inc, 5 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 8: Ch3. *Dc inc, 6 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 9: Ch3. *Dc inc, 7 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 10: Ch3. *Dc inc, 8 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. Round 11: Ch3. *Dc inc, 9 x dc* x 11.  Join to the first st with a sl st. ***I stopped at 11 rounds, but if you want to keep going, just increase the number of single stitches between increases by one for each round. To finish: Ch 1. Sc in every stitch around. Join by making a sl st into the first st. Ch 1 and bind off. Double Crochet Round Rug Free Pattern
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