I have wanted to knit a bulky area rug for my office for years, and I finally found the right combo of yarn and needles to do it. What’s so great about this design is its beginner-friendliness. You only need to knit and purl to make this room-warming 5×7′ rug. The yarn used is made from polyester too, so it’s machine washable!
Speaking of the yarn, exceptionally bulky yarn is hard to come by at an affordable price. Size-wise, a lot of mass market yarns max out at being designed for about a size 13 or 15 (US) knitting needle. For this project, I found some yarn designed for a size 11 needle that would work as a rug, and simply doubled it up to get a bulky yarn that knits well on size 50 needles for a reasonable price.
For all you dog lovers out there, this is one of my dogs, Woodrow. Today is apparently National Puppy Day, so it worked out that Woodrow decided to model this rug for us. And by that I mean wander into my shot and take a nap. :)
Bulky Knit Rug Pattern
How to do a basic knitting cast on
How to do a knit stitch
How to purl
How to bind off
How to knit rib stitch
How to read yarn labels (to help selecting a different yarn than the one listed here)
How to knit stockinette stitch (see the bottom of this post for a tutorial)
CO – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
sts – stitches
BO – bind off
1 pair size 50 US knitting needles
4 skeins Bernat Blanket yarn in Pale Grey
tapestry needle for sewing panels & weaving in ends
This whole pattern is knit holding two strands of yarn together to achieve a bulkier look.
Panel 1 & 3: Garter Panels
CO 20 sts
k all rows
Continue until panel measures 5 feet. BO all sts and weave in ends.
Panel 2: Stockinette Panel
CO 20 sts
1. k across
2. p across
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until panel measures 5 feet. BO all sts and weave in ends.
Using a tapestry needle, sew panels 1 & 3 to either side of panel 2. Weave in all ends to finish.
How to knit stockinette stitch
As I mentioned in last week’s weekly picks, I’ll be winding down this season’s Knewbies/knitting 101 series today with this final post sharing the most recognizable stitch in knitting – stockinette stitch. For those brand new to knitting, here’s a video tutorial on how to knit stockinette stitch. And since two thirds of this rug is knit in garter stitch, you can check out this post for how to knit that too.