This rug is suitable for any room in the house: try different pastel colour combinations for a nursery, restful neutrals for a study or bright primary colours for a small child’s room. It uses spike stitch –Using spike stitch can change stripes into geometric designs. It is usually worked over rows of double crochet and, depending on how you place the hook, you can create squares, rectangles, triangles and diamonds – to produce an interlocking diamond effect (diamond spike stitch).
I worked the rug shown in soft double knitting yam, but for a different effect it can be worked in any yam of double knitting weight
You will need
500g soft DK yam in main colour (M)
500g soft DK yam in contrasting colour (C)
Size: 50 x 92cm (19Vi x 32in)
Tension: 8 sts and 7 rows measure 5cm (2in) worked over dc on 4.50mm hook.
If you do not want to finish your mg with a border, fasten off the yam for each band of colour
With M and the 4.50mm hook, make 130ch
Row 1: ldc in 3rd ch from hook, ldc in each ch to end, lch, turn.
Row 2: dc to end, joining in C in last st, lch, turn.
Work 4 rows dc, changing back to M in the last st of the 4th row, lch, turn. Row 7 (spike stitch): * ldc in row below, ldc 2 rows below, ldc 3 rows below (top of previous colour band), ldc 2 rows below, ldc in row below, ldc, rep from * 12 times, lch, turn.
Work 3 rows dc, looping yam neatly up side of work. Change back to C in the last st of the 3rd row.
Row 11 (spike stitch): * ldc 3 rows below (top of previous colour band), ldc 2rows below, ldc in row below, ldc, ldc in row below, ldc 2 rows below, rep from * 12 times, lch, turn.
Work 3 rows dc, looping yam neatly up the side of work. Change back to M in the last st of the 3rd row.
Rows 4 to 11 form the pattem.Rep them until work measures 90cm (36in).
Using M and with RS facing, work dc up each side of the mg, spacing it so there are 3dc across every 4 row ends. Crab stitch back. Fasten off.
Using equal quantities of M and C, cut lengths of yam to fringe the top and bottom of the mg. I cut 50cm (17in) lengths but this can vary according to preference. Take one strand each of M and C and double over. Hook the loop end through a stitch, then pull the cut strands through the loop. Pull gently to tighten. Repeat, spacing fringing evenly along the edge of the mat.
Top and base edge
Rnd 1: join yam to a comer and work 2dc in same place. Continue up side in dc, spacing it so there are 3dc across every 4 row ends. Join with ss.
Rnd 2: crab stitch around the edge – no extra comer sts required. Fasten off.