How to Crochet a Rope Doily Rug!

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I have been wanting to take a doily pattern and turn it gigantic for a long time. I finally got to make it happen with a new rug for our home!

First, you need an abnormally large sized crochet hook, here is the first one I purchased in size N. I also used size P for this size rope and they both worked well. The thicker the rope, the bigger the hook. The rope I used was 3/16″.  I found it was easier for me to have a variety of sizes when I experiment with different materials so I recommend a variety pack of large size hooks.

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I used a 100% polyester clothesline to create my rug because I wanted to be able to put it in areas that can get wet,  and I wanted it to be easy to throw in the washing machine! I found the rope at Harbor Freight. It sold for only 4.99 per 100 foot roll, so you can find it for quite a bargain. Any rope would work for this!

You can also use any doily pattern to create this rug! Here is simple vintage pattern I used for this rug from The Crafty Tipster. It is written so well and extremely easy to follow!

When you come to the end of a roll of clothesline, simply hand sew it to the beginning of the next roll and keep on crocheting! I tried to hide the place where I joined it on the underside, although it is very difficult to notice the joins at all if you are using thread that is the same color as your rope.

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It took me just over six rolls of clothesline to complete this doily rug. It can be hard on the hands if the stitches get too tight. I learned that the hard way!

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If you are interested in purchasing a rug, I sell them at Joyfully Treasured on Etsy!

Happy crafting!