Oval Crochet Rug, Free Pattern for a Vintage Style Bath Mat

This oval crochet rug adds some cottage charm to the bathroom. In this post, I’m sharing the process to crochet a rope rug, as well as a free pattern for a vintage inspired bath mat! Post contains affiliate links.

Being always at home the past year has been in many ways a blessing, but also overwhelming. It can be draining as a mom, the feeling of being always busy…homeschooling, cleaning, cooking… but not moving forward. I’m sure there are many other moms out there who can relate, feeling almost as if they are treading water.

Toward the end of last year, I began carving out more time for learning, taking crafting classes every so often.

It has been fun and fulfilling learning more about my favorite crafts, exploring the free trials of crafting classes I found with Annie’s and Craftsy.

Once the weather turned chilly, I picked up crochet for an enjoyable cold weather pastime.

Making something beautiful right from your armchair while the kids are playing is such a great feeling! I’ve been crocheting more than I thought possible with an 18 month old on our afternoons at home.

To brush up on my rusty crochet skills, I really enjoyed Annie’s Creative Studio. They have thousands of free patterns, and the classes feel like a friend sitting down with me to share everything she knows.

I am still learning and easily distracted. So, my very favorite things to crochet are quick and snappy. I love little projects like dish cloths, hand towels, and granny squares.

Surprisingly, my very favorite project, that comes together more quickly than I would have thought… is a rug!

Making a Rope Rug

Using a thick material, such as rag yarn, cotton rope, clothesline, or macrame cord, you can create affordable and beautiful rugs in just a few hours!

In many ways, I find crochet with rope or line easier than crocheting with yarn. Since it is so much larger, it is easy to see each stitch. I am far less likely to miss a stitch or add one too many.

I wanted to make a vintage style bath mat for the bathroom, something like this absolutely beautiful rug I found at Meelimari Designs on Etsy.

I searched everywhere for a similar pattern, but most of the oval rug patterns I found were too advanced for my skill level. In the end, I put together a very simple oval rug of my own.

Crocheting with Rope, Cord, and Clothesline

Crocheting with clothesline or rope is very much like crocheting with yarn.

The main difference is using a larger than typical crochet hook. I believe the hook I used for this rug is 15mm, but you could use even larger than that. I just couldn’t find my larger hooks anywhere, so I used the biggest one I could find.

crocheting a rug with clothesline and macrame cord. free crochet pattern for a DIY throw rug or bath mat

The size of the hook will determine how tight your stitches are. A slightly larger hook will yield a slightly larger rug.

Using the larger hook, you can otherwise crochet with rope the very same as you would with regular yarn. When you get to the end of a roll of clothesline or rope, it is time to join. I join the rope in one of two ways.

The first method is the neatest and most professional. Join the two ends together, and secure with a needle and thread. This creates a seamless and invisible join.

joining rope and clothesline for crochet rugs

The second method is quick and simple, but the joins will be visible on the underside of the rug.

Simply tie the ends together, and keep going! If you are crocheting with a toddler nearby, this method definitely gets points for being easy.

Here is where I switched colors, tying the white line to the macrame cord.

easiest method for joining rope, cord and clothesline for crochet rugs

Crocheting an Oval Rug

I am not experienced when it comes to DIY patterns. So, I’m just grateful that this rug looks pretty and it laid flat in the end! I did keep track of the stitches I used, so I could share the pattern with you!

The stitches are very simple. To make this rug, you only need to know double crochet, chain stitch, and slip stitch!

Crocheting an oval is very much like crocheting a circle, except the two halves of the circle are divided by a section of straight stitches. This free tutorial from The Crochet Spot was great, she explains how to start an oval in such a simple way to understand. I used this oval method to start the first few rows of this rug.

DIY oval crochet rug with clothesline and macrame cord. Free bath mat crochet pattern

You can also take a look at this simple tutorial from Spruce crafts on scalloped edging. This is the border I used on my rug. In the tutorial, you can see pictures of how a scalloped edge comes together.

Oval Crochet Floor Mat Pattern

Finished Size: 32″x26″


The pattern is copied out below, or you can CLICK HERE to get the PDF of the pattern!

how to crochet an oval bath mat, free oval rug crochet pattern

First, Chain 15

Round 1: 2 dc into 4th chain from hook, dc into next 10dc. 6 dc into final ch. Dc into next 10 dc, 3 dc into last ch.

Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) do not turn, dc into same st as sl st, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc.

dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in each of next 6 dc, dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc into each of next 3 dc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3

Round 3: ch 3, dc into same st as sl st, dc into next dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next dc) 2 times, dc into next 10 dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next dc) 6 times, dc into next 10dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next dc) 3 times, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3

Round 4: ch 5 (counts as dc and ch sp), skip next st, (dc in next st, ch 2, skip next st) all the way around, join with slip st in third chain of ch 5

Round 5: ch 3, 2 dc in chain sp, (dc in next st, 2 dc in ch sp) all the way around. Join w/ sl st in top of ch 3

Round 6: ch 3, dc into same st as sl st, (dc into next 4 dc, 2 dc into next st) to end of round. Join w/ sl st in top of ch 3  98 st) +49 =147

Round 7: ch 5, skip 1 dc st, dc in next st, (ch 2, skip 1 dc, dc in next st) to end of round. Join w/ sl st in third ch of beginning ch 5.

Round 8: I switched colors at the beginning of this row to a natural cotton cord. 

Ch 3(counts as first double crochet), dc into each st all the way around. Join with a sl st, into top of chain 3. 

Round 9: (scalloped edging) skip 2 st, dc into third st from sl st, ch1, (dc into same st, ch 1, repeat 2 times), dc

(this makes 5 dc st separated by ch 1, all worked into the same stitch)

Skip the next 2 st, and sl st into third st. 

(Dc into third st from sl st, ch 1) repeat 3 times, dc) skip the next 2 st, and sl st into third sth

Repeat until you are about to begin the very last scallop. 

To finish off for this last scallop, skip 3 st, dc into third st from sl st, ch 1, (dc into same st, ch 1, repeat 2 times), dc, skip the next three st, and sl st. into third st.

Finish with a slip knot, weave in ends.

I absolutely love how these little rugs turned out! Here they are in our new bathroom.

I think they add such a fun vintage style with the two toned design and scalloped edges!

oval crochet bath mat

For another beginner rug idea, check out this simple doily rug.

Have you crocheted or knitted for your home lately? I’d love to hear about it!

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