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Kitchen Rug

Posted by: tracy2590 (IP Logged)
Date: September 27, 2009 03:09PM

Hi there. i am trying to make a kitchen rug from a pattern i found. it's indicating that i should cast on 53 stitches for a 24/36" measurement.

I want to make it so it turns out to be 24 / 27" using 7mm needles, so I am wondering how many stitches I should cast on?

Make sense?

Thank you!



Posted by: Oldtimer (IP Logged)
Date: September 27, 2009 03:20PM

Tracy, it makes sense, but we would need to know more before arriving at a good answer. Does the cast on edge match the 24" dimension or the 36"?

Posted by: tracy2590 (IP Logged)
Date: September 27, 2009 03:48PM

Wow, that was fast - thank you!

This beautiful rug is the perfect accent piece for any room. Measures approx. 24 in (61 cm) wide x 36 in (91.5 cm) long. Shown in Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Twists Denim Twists (#41117), knit on size 9 mm (U.S. 13) needles

but i want to make 24/27"

Posted by: Mother Hen (IP Logged)
Date: September 27, 2009 04:25PM

"Just Me Now" <<<<<<
with out the info that Old Timer said to post.

Cast on the suggest stitches and work till you get the 27 inches and then cut the left over stitches.

But as Old Timer said more info about the way the pattern works is needed.

Is there a group of stitches that make a pattern or is it just a plain sold looking piece.?

Is the 36 inches the length or width ?

More Info from others will follow !

Mother Hen <><
" Creating Is A God Thing "

Posted by: tracy2590 (IP Logged)
Date: September 27, 2009 05:30PM

Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to pass on making one and keep on looking for a kitchen / scatter rug in the colour of my kitchen.


Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: September 27, 2009 07:21PM

Don't give up so easily, Tracy. If you wish to use #7 needles, make a swatch. Count the number of sts per inch and go accordingly. You might be surprised at just how smart you are. And, you can change the colors to match any decor. Pattern designs are shown in colors the writer or editor chooses, with the thought that those who make up the item for their own use may well decide to totally change the color scheme. Play around a bit with it and see just what you get. You may really like it!!!

Happy Knitting!!! Marian

Posted by: tracy2590 (IP Logged)
Date: September 27, 2009 08:25PM

Thanks. I think I will definitely try it.


Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: September 28, 2009 09:48AM

Others have given you excellent suggestions and encouragement about making the rug that you want. I am chiming in because it seems that you may not have fully understood questions being asked by several of the posters to help them better respond to your original question.

Items, like rugs can be made in a variety of ways. One can cast on enough stitches for the short end, knit as long as you want, then cast off. Or one could cast on enough stitches for the long end, knit as wide as you want and cast off. Or one could work from the center out or even from the outside in.

Also, most patterns, especially commercial ones, will provide a gauge (tension if its British) which tells the knitter that the pattern was designed for so many stitches/row over 4 inches/10 centimeters. This helps a knitter to anticipate how large or small the particular item will be based upon the number of stitches cast-on and rows worked. If a knitter has a different gauge, that is different number of stitches/rows over the 4 inches/10 centimeters, the knitter can keep adjusting with different size needles, or can re-adjust how many stitches to cast on and rows to work to get the size they want.

When the first couple of responders asked whether the 53 stitches represented the short or long side of the rug pattern, they were trying to figure out the stitch gauge of your pattern. This is why Mother Hen said if the 53 stitches represented the short size of your pattern then just knit to 27 inches. If the 53 stitches represented the long side of the pattern AND you were making the pattern gauge with your yarn and needles, you would need to reduce the number of stitches to get to 27 inches. If the pattern was worked from the center out, then there would again, probably need to be some adjustment to the number of stitches cast on.