The Knitted Rug: Mitered Square Patchwork
4 hours (one 4-hour session or two 2-hour sessions)
Interested in knitting rugs? Check out the Knitted Rug eBook on Zinio.com.
Mitered squares are fun to make, and they are very popular today for a vareity of knitting projects.
This classic patchwork design was inspired by the clean colors of Amish quilts. Like a quilt, the rug is big, but each square is small, so you can carry your knitting with you. You start each square with the longest row. As you knit, the rows get shorter, and your knitting goes faster until there are no stitches left to bind off.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
Materials and supplies needed for rug knitting
Selecting and arranging colors
Construction of mitered squares
Options for decreases
Lining, interfacing, and non-slip backing options for rugs
Easy. Need to know the knit stitch, cast-on and bind-off, have experience making at least one completed project. Purling is optional
Morning / Session 1
Introductions, review materials
Learn double-decreases, make swatches
Learn seams, practice on swatches
Afternoon / Session 2
Start working on squares for rug, discuss lining and backing techniques
Discuss choosing colors for home décor knitting
Size 10 or 11 straight or double-pointed needles
Bulky wool or cotton yarn in assorted colors
Note: 2540 yards makes a rug approx 4 x 5 feet. Less yarn is needed for smaller rugs. Each square requires approximately 70 yards.
Basic knitting tools
Handouts and pattern will be provided
Please contact me for prices and availability.