Awesome and Easy Crocheted Rugs

Happy April! Spring is here and the warm weather is returning to us down here in Savannah! Just because we are taking off our hand-knit hats and scarves doesn’t mean we stop making things! Spring means nature coming to life. It means sandals and iced coffee; garden parties and fun new projects! We realized that we have been so into knitting projects lately and thought the perfect way to start out the new month would be with a fun crochet project!

For a lot of people Spring is not only a great time to don some fresh new fashion, but also a time to spring-clean and redecorate! One of the easiest ways to spruce up a room is to throw a colorful and pretty rug on the floor, so here are some of our favorite options.

crochet edging

My next project is definitely going to be an over-sized doily rug. They are just so charming and feminine! The one above is made by Heins Home , and they also make really great little ottomans and stools. What I love about this project is that you could potentially find any sturdy fabric you like to add this lace edging to! It is a lot less crochet work, but you still get that beautiful lace-like feel. Although they don’t offer you this pattern, there are tons of edging patterns you can use on Ravelry and the like. I found this one that seems pretty similar to the one above.

doily rug

I am in love with this chunky crochet doily rug from Ladies & Gentlemen Studios! It looks like something your toes could just sink into, and it would add such a dainty touch to any room. I am envisioning them in all different sizes, it would be so cute to have little mini ones all over the house!

t-shirt crochet rugs

tshirt crochet rug detail

These colorful lovelies are a great crochet project because, if you are like us, you have a ton of old t-shirts and fabric bits that can be used to create this colorful rug.  I love how the many different colors work together, and the nubbly texture gives the rug a sort of hippie-dippy hand-made feel. This project comes from Olino Hobby, which is a Russian blog, so although you may not be able to read the instructions, if you already know how to crochet there are easy-to-follow pictures at the bottom of her post.

Cherry blossom applique

rainbow applique rug

whale applique rug

When I found the King Soleil Etsy shop I almost died! They make these adorable crocheted rugs with all kinds of great appliques added on to them. This is a great project for a more basic crocheter. You can make the simple circular crocheted base, and then add all sorts of embellishments to them. The cherry blossom and rainbow rugs above look like the embellishments have been crocheted directly onto the rug base, which is simple and also allows you to let your imagination and crochet hook get a little wild. The whale rug is perfect for a little boys room and in their shop they allow you to pick from a variety of different whales. However, you could cut out any shape you wanted to sew onto your rug, how about a name or inspiring phrase?

turquoise doily rug

Last, but not least, I wanted to include this pretty little doily rug from Camille Designs. Since we are on this doily rug kick, i thought this was a perfect example of a more intricate lacy pattern in a fun color besides white. She has a ton of great little rugs in her shop, so check them out!

Felted High Fashion

The other day while perusing the Citizens of Fashion blog I found this post on Australian designer Dion Lee‘s 2013 collection and was totally amazed by his use of felted wool. He uses this versatile textile to create beautiful garments that explore the duality between modern vs classic, structured vs aqueous, and understated vs striking. Felt has a lot of redeeming qualities. It retains heat, releases moisture, and can be easily cut and manipulated without worry of it unraveling. Dion Lee’s work is a great example of how this usually industrial material can be used to create a variety of shapes and silhouettes.

dion lee 1

I love the look above. It is sort of Grey Gardens meets couture runway. I also love the idea  of a hat being a connected part of an ensemble, it creates a silhouette I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.

dion lee 2

The architectural inspiration behind these pieces is obvious, but it is so cool to see how a really raw and industrial point of inspiration is translated into something sleek and streamlined.

dion lee 3

UMM. This jacket is amazing. I love the idea of not only using urban architecture as inspiration, but also the architecture of the human body. This jacket brings the idea of inner structure to the outside. AWESOME.

dion lee 4

I have been looking everywhere to figure out how he achieves this amazing ombre material. It looks to me like the  fabric has been nuno felted in different gradients. For those of you that don’t know, nuno felting is when you felt raw fiber onto a sheer or more open weave fabric such as lace, gauze or chiffon. I don’t have any solid proof that this is how he does it, but it would make sense, as nuno felting was actually developed in his home country of Australia.

dion lee 5

As a woman in the real world it is sometimes hard to imagine yourself actually wearing couture garments in everyday life, but these jackets are something I would sell a kidney for. Check this guy out!

Knitting In The New Year: Bringing It Home

This weeks Knitting In The New Year post is focused on things that beginner knitters can make to brighten up their homes and interior spaces. Who doesn’t love a little bit of DIY home decor? I have been thinking about this a lot lately since I just moved in to a new apartment with our master knitter here at Wild Fibre. While Paige is pretty amazing at working those knitting needles, my specialties lie in other areas. However, now that we are roommates she has me learning how to be just as good as she is! I thought it would be great to focus that knitting energy on projects that would enhance our new apartment, and help to make it a unique space that suites the ladies who inhabit it.

First up is a super easy dishcloth to jazz up those kitchen counter tops. We featured the leafy dishcloth in last weeks post, and although this diagonal knit dishcloth is simpler in shape, I just love the variety of texture that it showcases.

diagonal knit

diagonal dishcloths

These are so so so super easy to make and are a great way to add a handmade touch to either your kitchen or bathroom counter top, or draped over a small towel bar! The pattern for this dishcloth is free on Ravelry!

Next up is this amazingly simple and adorable striped blanket from Purl Soho.

hudson bay blanket

The Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket has that sort of simple sophistication that makes it work in the bedroom, cuddled up on the couch, or poring over the paper at the kitchen table.

hudson bay blanket

I really like the bold colors that they used in these pictures, but I would also love to see a more monochromatic stripe pallet! Maybe a couple different shades of coral or sea-foam greens? Any way you make it, this blanket is sure to add a personal and colorful touch to your home. You can get the pattern on Purl Soho’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING blog, The Purl Bee.

Our last project to share also comes from the Purl Bee. If you couldn’t tell, we are huge Purl Soho fans. They sell a wide variety of knitting, crochet, weaving and stitching supplies and accoutrements, and they have fabulous taste. Their blog is a plethora of ideas and inspiration that makes me drool on the daily. I aspire to be more like them every day, and I say that without shame. This next project is one that I will most definitely be trying out, the Big Stitch Knit Rug.

BIg Stitch knit rug

Seriously though, how cute is this?? I can feel my little toes sinking in to this rug just looking at this picture.

big stitches

big-stitch-alpaca-cream

This simple slip stitch pattern will baffle you with how easy it is to achieve, and all your friends will be amazed at your abilities. Making an, often times, large item like a rug will always impress people. The yarn used for this rug is Bag Smith’s Big Stitch Alpaca. It is a great mix of natural alpaca, wool and nylon which gives it a really rustic and homey appeal. The cream color that is shown here lends to a really modern look, but the yarn is also available in some beautiful earthy colors. So get knitting and sink your toes in to this!