Rugs are a favorite crochet project of mine because you can create a gorgeous vintage style rug relatively quickly, and for much less than it would be to buy one in the store.
Clothesline makes rugs that are durable and affordable. This crochet doily rug was made several years ago and it is still looks great. Here it is sitting under the rocking chair in my son’s bedroom.
I searched around to find a great doily pattern to adapt into a rug. I wanted there to be some open spaces in the doily so I wouldn’t have to buy too much clothesline.
This one from The Crafty Tipster was love at first sight! It is easy, perfect for crocheters like myself. She really explains the directions well. There is even a tutorial for the “magic circle” used to start the doily. It is linked in her directions below.
To create this doily rug, you need only a few supplies. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
- 200ft Clothesline– 200 feet length is best so you have less joins to sew, but any length will work. I needed three of these for my entire doily rug,
- Size Q crochet hook– this giant hook worked like a charm.
- A needle and white thread-for joining the rope together as needed
The rug comes together quickly. Once the rug became bulky in my lap, I moved to the floor to crochet it easier. A big size Q hook was so necessary for me. I tried a smaller one first; it was super hard on my fingers!
When you get to the end of each pack of clothesline, connect the ends together with a needle and thread. If an end was frayed, I used a lighter for a split second to make it clean.
Here is the pattern I used, but you can use clothesline to make a beautiful rug out of any doily pattern that inspires you.
Doily Rug Pattern:
- Round 1 – Using the magic circle technique, make a circle of 9 treble crochet with a chain stitch in between each treble. After making the 9th treble crochet, make a single chain and join with a slip stitch.
- Round 2 – Slip stitch to 1st single chain. Make a single crochet into the gap created by the chain and then chain 3. Make a single treble crochet into the same chain 1 gap and chain 2. Working in each of the chain 1 gaps from round 1, make 2 treble crochet and then chain two. Make the last treble pair, chain 2 and then join with a slip stitch.
- Round 3 – Slip stitch to 1st chain 2 gap. Make a single crochet into the gap created by the chain and then chain 3. Make 2 trebles into the same 2 chain gap and then chain 3. Working in each of the chain 2 gaps from round 2, make 3 treble crochet and then chain 3. Make the last trio of trebles, chain 2 and then join with a slip stitch.
- Round 4 – Same instructions as Round 3 except make 5 trebles in each chain 3 gap followed by 2 chains. Make the last group of 5 trebles, chain 2 and then join with a slip stitch.
- Round 5 – Same instructions but make 7 trebles followed by 1 chain.
- Round 6 – Slip stitch to the 4th stitch of the first group of 7 trebles. Chain 10 and single crochet in 4th stitch of second group of 7 trebles. Work around the doily by making chains of 10 and single crochets in the 4th treble. Attach the last 10 chain with a slip stitch.
- Round 7 – Slip Stitch to the second chain of the first chain 10. Single crochet into the second chain, chain 3. Treble crochet into the next 7 stitches of the chain 10 with 1 chain in between each treble. Work your way around your vintage doily by making 8 treble chain combinations across the 2nd-9th stitches of each chain loop and skipping the 1st and 10th chains along with the single crochets from the last round. Make last treble, chain and join with a slip stitch.
- Rounds 8 & 9 – Single crochet into next stitch and chain 4. Skip next stitch, make a treble into the next and make a single chain. Work your way around the doily skipping a stitch, making a treble and then a chain. Make the last treble chain combination and join to the third stitch of the chain 4 with a slip stitch.
- Round 10 – Make 3 single crochet, chain 6 then skip the next 5 stitches. Do this all the way around. (I found it easier to make the first single crochet into the chain 1 gap.) Slip stitch last chain 6 to beginning of round.
- Round 11 – Slip stitch to 2nd single crochet, chain 1, make 6 trebles over chain 6, chain 1. Single crochet into 2nd single crochet of 3 single crochet group between the chain 6s, chain 1, 6 trebles over chain 6, chain 1. Continue working around your doily and finish with attaching last chain 1 to the 2nd single crochet where you started this round with a slip stitch.
That’s all there is to it! A pretty doily rug….and pretty simple too! 🙂
Working on large scale crochet projects is so instantly gratifying. I would like to make a giant rug for our living room soon.
Have you ever crocheted a rug? I’d love to hear about it!