Doily rugs with t-shirt yarn

I post many of my t-shirt yarn rug photos on my Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, but thought it was about time to load them here as well.  For some of them I have free pattern links that I can share with you.  And then some of them are without  a pattern.  I will start with the doily rugs and then move on to Mandalas and Granny Squares.

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The first one is my own  doily pattern (just in case you haven’t seen it yet!)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-doily-t-shirt-yarn-rug

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The second one was my first t-shirt yarn doily rug from a pattern.

 You can read all about it and find the pattern on Sara Rivka’s blog.

Her blog is full of creative craft and crochet ideas.

http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2013/04/crocheted-t-shirt-yarn-doily-rug-a-readers-version.html

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Anne-Marie made a larger version of the above pattern by adding more rounds.

She is a very creative crocheter, and like me,  addicted to t-shirt yarn!  lol!

Her white rug is 125 cm in diameter.

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For this beautiful cream doily rug I used a bulky cotton and Esther Chandler’s Passion Flower Doily Pattern

Do browse her blog for some lovely basket patterns as well.

http://makemydaycreative.com/2014/05/23/passion-flower-doily/

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Here is Anne-Marie’s pink version of the same pattern

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I love this classic doily pattern.  I worked from a pattern in a Crochet Magazine.

You will find a similar pattern here:

http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/diamond-daisy-rug.html?utm_source=Lookbook&utm_medium=Lookbook&utm_campaign=Lookbook-2014

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I made quite a few of these rugs.   I always refer beginner rug makers to this pattern by Susan Potter,

because it is very easy and you can make it as big or small as you want.

http://thosedandeliondays.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-fabulous-hoooked-zpagetti-rug-pattern.html

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The following  rugs were orders from clients.  I did not follow any pattern.  If you have worked with t-shirt yarn a lot, you will know that every ball/skein of yarn differs from the other in texture and elasticity.  Which means, no two balls of t-shirt yarn will have the same result with the same pattern.  Sometimes the yarn just tells you which pattern or stitch will work best for it.

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And when an order has to be a specific size, you also need to adapt the number of rounds in the pattern to get to the requested size.  For this one I started with my own Pink Doily Rug Pattern, and made a few changes.

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This pink and grey one was also an order.  I took photos of each round and will do a photo tutorial one of these days.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at Anne-Marie’s and my rugs!  We really love making them.

We buy all our t-shirt yarn from 50 Something Yarn Shop

https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel

If you struggle to find the ready cut t-shirt yarn where you live, you can always make your own from old t-shirts.

Here is a link to a post on Craftsy where Kathryn Vercillo explains how you do that.

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/05/how-to-create-t-shirt-yarn/

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Do make sure you like our Facebook Page where we show you more of our crochet creations.  Please inbox us there for any orders.  We also share other t-shirt yarn rug patterns and know-how’s and we like showing you our followers’ crochet projects as well.

https://www.facebook.com/crochet.in.paternoster

Hope to see you soon!  I have more rug pattern links to share with you.  And I am also working on a little crochet pouch and a beautiful flower pattern.

Worldwide Artist Blog Hop and four questions

Let us just imagine I am posting from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia where it is still Monday, 14 August 2014!

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/france/papeete

Thanks for your invite Andrea!

http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/2014/08/worldwide-artist-blog-hop-and-four.html

https://www.facebook.com/kokopellidesign2

I met Andrea on a Facebook Crochet Group I belong to. I love her crochet doilies with fine yarn. She also creates other works of art in different mediums.

Before I answer the four questions I thought this would also be the ideal opportunity to show you a few of my completed rugs. It is also interesting to see where in the world they hopped to!

 

This one was a gift to my mother-in-law who lives in Pretoria, South Africa. I got the pattern from here.

http://makemydaycreative.com/2014/05/23/passion-flower-doily/

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This pink one is residing at a local self catering accommodation

http://www.mysandals.co.za/

https://www.facebook.com/SandalsSelfCateringInPaternoster

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The blue granny square rug you will find at our local Pizzeria. Best Pizzas here on the West Coast!

http://www.blikkie.co.za/restaurant.html

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This cream doily rug will end up in Ireland!

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This purple and grey doily is very special

I packed 2 x 1 kg balls of t-shirt yarn in my suitcase when we travelled to Italy two years ago. Then crocheted the rug whilst there and gave it to our landlady’s three year old daughter.

This is where we stayed.

http://amalfi-coast-accommodation.com/casa-bianca

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Question 1. Why do I do what I do?

As we were driving to Paternoster from Vredenburg the other day, it was drizzling a bit. We are nearing the end of our winter. The road is picturesque with flowers starting to bloom and sheep and cows in the green fields next to the road. I was looking in my rear view mirror and saw a little rainbow forming in the slipstream at the back of the car. The words “a rainbow in my slipstream” came to mind, and got me thinking. I wonder if there is maybe a song with that words? Also, how wonderful it would be if we all leave a rainbow in our slipstream? In interacting with people: whether it is a kind word; gesture or a crocheted gift?

 

Why do I crochet? I like all the giving there is in crochet.

 

It gives you joy and relaxation

 

You can crochet a present and give it to someone

 

You can sell your crochet work and someone gives you money!

 

Crochet gives you a thrill when you do yarn bombing!

 

And when friends know you very well, they give you beautiful yarn when it’s your birthday! Yay!

 

Question 2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t think my work differs from others. I do like to take special photographs of my work. And I am very lucky to live in the beautiful Paternoster where there is plenty awesome scenery for that perfect photo.

Question 3. How does my creative process work?

Haphazardly and disorganised and random!

That is all I can say about my creative process! Hahaha!

Sometimes I would/should be working on a rug order. Then we run out of cat food. That means a visit to my LYS. (pet shop is right next to the yarn shop!)

Then there would be new yarn screaming at me from the shelves. And back home, the ordered rug would be forgotten and the new yarn just have to be tried out!

Question 4. What am I working on now?

Ok! I will not put down the whole list! It would be toooooo long!

Two half circle rugs

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A sort of free form heart shaped rug

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A t-shirt yarn basket for a client

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A dainty white doily t-shirt yarn rug that I started many many months ago

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A crazy colourful summer top. Just because I love crocheting with Elle Premier 4 ply and the colours are so nice

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I started this basket last year. Also Elle Premier Cotton 4 ply. Mixing all the colours with twine. I’m still wondering whether it will end up as a basket or maybe a handbag?

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Etc. Etc. Etc.

Etc. – can also stand for Eat, Travel, Crochet! What a lovely combination of things to enjoy!

All these WIP’s are going to have to wait a bit this week. We are starting preparations for Anya’s Birthday Party on Sunday. She will be four years on Monday! She wants another Tom and Jerry cake. She does not want to order one. She insists we bake it ourselves!

 

And now I would like to invite two other creative friends to join us in this World Blog Hop. They will post on Monday, 25 August 2014

Christelle is the founder of the South African Facebook Crochet group “Ons Hekel”. She always has a few interesting crochet projects in the making.

http://www.haak-en-stekie.blogspot.com/

Liezl whom I’ve also met through “Ons Hekel”. She dabbles in lots of different arty things besides crochet.

http://myheartdreaming.blogspot.com/

dating profile of the Brown Westcoast Doily Rug (5KCBWDAY2)

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Hi, My name is Brown Westcoast Doily Rug. I was crocheted by Anneke Wiese in Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa in April 2014.

 

 

 

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I am about 60 cm in diameter, crocheted with a 12 mm hook and different shades of brown t-shirt strips. When I lie flat on the floor, I am about 1,5 cm in height. I have many many good qualities such as: Fun loving,Down to earth,Gentle,Adventurous,Caring,Calm,Supportive,Kind,Loving,Helpful

  • Low maintenance,Quiet,Absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous,Romantic,Mood lifter,Not judgemental,Open minded,Respectful,Intelligent,Passionate,Voluptuous and curvy,Creative

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  • I mostly like lying around the house relaxing with a good book or movie in the bedroom or close to the fireplace on a cold winters evening. In the summer I enjoy the odd outing to the beach for a picnic. Some days when I need a good pick-me-up, I jump onto the kitchen table and observe everyone from there. It’s quite interesting and mouth watering to see what this family has for dessert after dinner. Some days it would be lemon meringue pie. Other days peppermint crisp tart or apple tart. Yum.

     

 

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I’m quite easy going. I do not really have any dislikes. My greatest fear would be to be thrown into a cupboard for no one to see me. I’m also very very afraid of bleach. That would mean the end of my beauty which comes from the lovely colours I was crocheted with.

 

 

 

 

 

My thoughts and ambitions for the future?

I do not care in whose house I live. As long as they take good care of me. Wash and freshen me up regularly and display me properly. I am beautiful, made with good fabric and crocheted with a very classic pattern, which means I am going to age graciously.

Another photo shoot or two on the beach or in a stunning house would be fabulous. Maybe an article in a famous magazine or two for the whole world to see? Who knows?