Just about this time each year, our old drafty home begs for super cozy area rugs.  Each time I step out of bed I think of how happy my feet would be if they landed on a soft, lofty rug, and each time my daughter and I read books in front of the fireplace I think of how nice it would be to have the warmth and comfort of something hand made beneath us.  I've been determined to make these rugs myself for years, but only if I could find the super bulky and natural yarn I was seeing in my mind.  Imagine my excitement when we found the perfect yarn for my fantasy rugs!  Our Big Stitch Alpaca Yarn creates the softest, loftiest rug your lucky toes will ever step on.

The Big Stitch Alpaca Yarn is grown and handcrafted in the USA. The Alpaca that makes up 70% of this amazing yarn is gathered from several farms and then spun together with 15% wool and 15% nylon by a tiny mill in Ohio.  Each skein is called a "bump" and is approximately 140 yards long. 

Two bumps will make the small gray rug pictured above (approximately 42-inches across) and four make the large rug (approximately 70-inches across).  

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The Materials

  • Small Rug: 2 skeins of Big Stitch Alpaca Yarn in color of your choice (we used Grey); Large Rug: 4 skeins of Big Stitch Alpaca Yarn in color of your choice (we used Cream).
  • A size S crochet hook (We used the beautiful handmade wooden size S hook pictured below which you can find here; We also stock a plastic hook size S hook that you can find here)
  • A removable stich marker.

Gauge 

2.25 stitches = 4 inches

Finished Sizes

Small Rug is approximately 42-inches in diameter
Large Rug is approximately 70-inches in diameter

The Pattern

If this pattern seems familiar to you then perhaps you've made our fruity trivets and pot holders? We think it's pretty wonderful that the same pattern can create two such different projects!  If you need a bit more help getting started on your rug than we've included below, please check out the fruity trivets post for how-to photos and more detail.

Pattern Note: Pull yarn from the center of the skein for ease of use.

  • Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring.
  • Round 1: Make 12 single crochets (sc) into the ring.  Note: Mark the first stitch of the next round with a removable marker. Reposition the marker at the beginning of each round to mark the new first stitch.
  • Round 2: *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (18 stitches)
  • Round 3: *1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)
  • Round 4: *1 sc into next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (30 stitches)
  • Continue to work in this pattern, each round adding one stitch between the increases until you have used all of the yarn.  

Sew in ends and enjoy! 

(Find the beautiful handmade oversized finishing needle pictured below right here).