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Crochet Jute Rug for Conservatory
It’s been a while since I’ve been wanting to complete the jute crochet rug DIY project! One of the biggest trends this summer have been straw and other wabi sabi style woven bags. Jute thread seemed the best material for this so I made a purse some time ago. Ever since I wanted to make some home decor item too because I just love the jute texture!
Living in a flat I don’t actually have a garden. However, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful conservatory type balcony to relax and grow plants in. It is a south facing space so it gets plenty of sun – ideal for my home grown fig trees! The downside tho is the flooring. When the temperatures cross 30 degrees Celsius the tiles get very hot. For a while I’ve been wondering how to fix this. My initial idea was to lay down the IKEA wooden flooring. It simply locks together and looks great! Unfortunately when there is a really big storm with heavy rain, the water gets inside the balcony. This regularly leaves a leakage on the balcony floor. Over time this would most definitely cause the wooden floor to rot.
DIY Jute Crochet Rug instead
When the wooden floor was no longer the option, I started looking for another option. I hoped for a solution that would make the balcony look nature inspired and compliment the plants. Not that I am particularly good at growing indoor plants, but I’ve managed a few successfully. I also get this feeling of calm from plants, nature has a beautiful way of nurturing one’s soul and mind!
Then I found a wonderful project which I thought was ideal – DIY jute crochet rug! The material is inexpensive, looks amazing and crochet techniuqe is very easy! Although I have only made a small piece so far over a couple of evenings, I will surely crochet a proper large rug in the future to fit close to the size of my balcony. The great thing about the jute crochet rug is that it’s mobile. Meaning if the rain leaks in, it can be picked up and removed to dry the floor. Also, the jute thread is very durable so you can wash the rug in the washing machine, stretch and mold it to a desirable shape and it will still serve you well! Lastly, I just love DIY projects and think that jute items simply look amazing!
Ready to make one for yourself?
When it comes to the material and tools, thich project is really friendly on the budget. Also, even if you’re a crochet beginner, you will do well using only the basics of crochet technique. You can place the rug in your conservatory, porch, use it as a rustic home decor item in your living room or even use it as a massage mat to stand on in the bathroom or while cooking. It’s a project suitable for all different sizes. From a classic door mat size rug to a large 2x3m project, if you’ve got time! It will make an amazing modern home accessory, a designer piece present or a unique original for sale!
Let’s begin this DIY project so you can have your own rug to enjoy!
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sp – space
What you’ll need:
- juta thread for body and decoration
- linen yarn (optional)
- crochet hook size 8mm
The rug is made using a moss stitch. This is one of the most basic crochet patterns also known as granite or linen stitch. Whether you’re a complete begginner or an advanced crochet crafter, I do recommend you watch the two helpful and easy-to-follow videos on this page. The Easy on the Tongue page is great for learning various crochet and knitting techniques. There is no point remaking what is very well explained there. In the first video you will learn how to start with a simple chain. The second then shows you how to continue using the moss stitch.
For my project I have used jute thread in two sizes – one entire 330m ball in size 1.75mm, and about 4.5m of jute thread in 5mm thickness for the tessel decoration. I have also used a thin linen yarn to simple stitch all around the edges once the project was finished, to even out the edges. This is completely optional!
Begin with a 50 stitch chain, then continue each row following the pattern bellow. My final rug reached 67 rows before the jute thread ball was used up. Depending on how tight your stitches are, the final rug should be approx. 55x70cm, excluding the tassel edges.
Row 1: Sc 1 in 2nd ch from the hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to end; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, Sc 1 in first sc, sc 1 in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sc 1 in next ch 1 sp; repeat from * to last sc, sc 1 in last sc; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, Sc 1 in first sc, *ch 1, sc 1 in next ch 1 space; repeat from * to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc 1 in last sc; turn.
(Disclaimer: For the pattern original please refer to Easy on the Tongue HERE)
Once the main body is finished, you can move onto the decorating. If you wish, you can do a two rows of single stitching all aroud the rug. This is mainly to even out the edges, but it adds detailing too! The main decoration is however the tassel edge.
Cut approx. 60 pieces of 25cm long thicker jute thread. Turn the rug so that the shorter side faces you. Take one of the thread pieces, fold it in half and press the folded edge through a stitch of the first row, creating a small loop. Pull the loose ends through the loop and fasten tightly to form a simple tassel. Continue till the end of the short rug edge, before moving onto the second short side.
I have found that jute thread items can be easily washed separately on gentle 30 degree cycle, using only water or a small amount of washing powder. Do make sure, however, that you run a cleaning cycle with a washing machine cleaning liquid right after, to remove any hair that’s come off the rug. This applies particularly if you’re washing the rug for the first time. Do not tumble dry to avoid hardening the jute fibre. Instead, lay the item flat and allow to dry on air. Do not iron or bleach.
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