Squishy Bathmat

Materials:

6mm crochet hook
4.5mm crochet hook
Worsted weight cotton yarn
Tapestry needle (for weaving ends)


Pattern (written in US terms):

With the 6mm crochet hook, chain 57, turn.
Change to 4.5mm hook.
Row 1: Starting in the 3rd stitch, DC 55 across. Turn.
Row 2: Chain 7, slip stitch into the back loop of the stitch. Repeat across. Chain 3. Turn
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until the desired size.
You can also change colors for the striped look. Just make sure you account for the fact that each "row" on the rug is actually two rows of work. For instance, in the rug below I used Purple for the starting chain and rows 1-13, then I switched to white for rows 14-19. After that, I used blue for rows 20-31, and so on until the rug was the width I wanted.





The Wordy Bit

Okay, this one is a bit funky looking in print. However, it makes a fantastic shag carpet style bathmat. I've made some for the bathrooms in my home, and a year of washing, using, and family (including cats)--they're still in great shape! I used Lily Sugar n' Cream yarn, as well as Bernat Handicrafter. Both are great cotton yarns to use for household projects. I'm even testing out a variation of this pattern. It's 5" squares in different colors mattress-stitched together. (I'll keep you updated on that one, but here's a sneak peek!)
To be perfectly honest with you, these squares have been sitting idle for almost a year. I have no idea when I'll get back around to them!


You can also go length-wise with the rows to achieve a horizontal stripe effect, like this:



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