Favouring the rhombus myself, and being egged on by Hannah and LauraRose, I felted my rug. Once the washing machine has done its thing it’s always too late to turn back. Then I read Karen’s comment about the rose being a symbol of passionate love, and I absolutely loved Anna’s comment that no matter how modern the house, a little touch of the Victorian always looks good. [My little bit of Victorian is the needlepoint I bought long ago at the Rosebowl flea market in Pasadena, and have finally made into a cushion]
Not to worry, I’m determined to make another, next time much bigger, because as always with a felting project, this one turned out smaller than I’d imagined it. It’s still a lovely mat but not making quite the dramatic statement I wanted. Here is my rhombus before felting, underside and top side. I really like both equally.
Once I’d sewn the shapes together, which did not take long, I crocheted around the edge to hold it together. I don’t know if this was a good thing or not, and I will never know! So here it is, felted, and with a little whip stitch around the edge in colour 68 – citric which is a spicy green veering toward gold. I love this colour.
My next rug is going to be in the rose shape, and much much bigger. This one, by the way, fitted easily into my washing machine. If anyone else would like to join me in my hexagon obsession, here’s the pattern for the shape. Please send photos……
Each of my hexagons used one whole hank of Wool Clasica, doubled-stranded. I used a set of size 17 (12 mm) double pointed and one circular needle for when there are too many stitches to fit comfortable on the dpns. Also, a stitch marker.
HEXAGON (make 9)
With dpns, CO 12 sts evenly over 3 needles (4 sts on each needle) using knit cast on and leaving a 12 cm tail. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts; place a marker for the beginning of the round and slip the marker on every rnd.
Rnd 1: Knit all sts tbl to end.
Rnd 2: *Kfb, k1; rep from * to end – 6 sts on each needle, 18 sts in all.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: *Kfb, k1, [kfb] into each of next 2 sts, k1, kfb; rep from * twice more – 30 sts.
Rnds 5 & 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: *Kfb, k3, [kfb] into each of next 2 sts, k3, kfb; rep from * twice more – 42 sts.
Rnds 8 & 9: Knit.
Rnd 10: *Kfb, k5, [kfb] into each of next 2 sts, k5, kfb; rep from * twice more – 54 sts.
Rnd 11 & 12: Knit.
Continue in this way, with one increase rnd followed by 2 knit rnds, until you have completed the round:
*Kfb, k11, [kfb] into each of next 2 sts, k11, kfb; rep from * twice more – 90sts
Knit 1 rnd.
On next rnd, BO knitwise. Do not weave in ends.
and it’s almost Christmas! Much to look forward to: time with family and friends, cooking a boneless, rolled, stuffed turkey – mmmmmm – and maybe a picnic at the beach.
My new year resolution is that I’m going to be extremely grateful for everything good, not the least of which is this view from my desk out the door to the little garden that I love so much.