Ocean Currents Rug
Sitting by the harbour watching the waves gently rolling in, the lapping sounds as they reach the dock, the moving patterns of light and shade, and the ever-changing colours in the water… summer is made from memories such as these.
The design for this rug attempts to capture those moments by working with two strands of yarn held together in ever-changing combinations. The patterning has symmetry without predictability, giving the design an almost three-dimensional quality.
The pattern includes instructions for three different sizes to make a medium or large bedside rug for a beach-themed cottage or a slim runner which would be perfect for a smaller bedroom or hallway.
Please see below for more information about this pattern.
NB: A pattern for a co-ordinating blanket, the Ocean Currents Blanket, is available separately.
Knitting, purling, slipped stitches, working a stripe pattern and working with two ends of yarn held together.
Sizes: Small Runner (Medium Rug, Large Rug)
Width: 80 (100, 120) cm / 32 (39, 48) ins
Length: 150 (130, 160) cm / 60 (51, 64) ins.
Note: The runner and the medium rug are worked sideways so the Cast On and Bind Off edges form the long sides of the rug and the stripes run along the length. The Large Rug is worked from bottom to top, so the stripes run from side to side.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Worsted-weight yarn, 100% wool, 202m/220 yds:100gm skein in five toning colours:
Col 1 / Navy blue: #8393 Navy x2 (2, 3) skeins
Col 2 / Dark blue: #2404 Atlantic x6 (7, 10) skeins
Col 3 / Medium blue: #7818 Blue Velvet x7 (8, 11) skeins
Col 4 / Light blue: #9332 Sapphire x6 (7, 9) skeins
Col 5 / Pale blue: #8905 Robin Egg Blue x2 (2, 3) skeins
Actual amount used in Medium Rug size as shown:
Col 1: 180gm/7 oz, 362m/396 yds.
Col 2: 650gm/23 oz, 1308m/1430 yds.
Col 3: 720gm/25 oz, 1448m/1584 yds.
Col 4: 610gm/21 oz, 1227m/1342 yds.
Col 5: 140gm/5 oz, 282m/308 yds.
Yarn substitution: To use an alternative yarn, please select a light Aran or worsted-weight wool yarn with a recommended gauge of 18-20 sts:10 cm/4 ins using 4.5-5.0mm/US #7-8 needles.
Needles: Size 6.0mm/US #10 circular needles, length 150cm/60 ins.
Gauge: 15 sts & 31 rows:10cm/4 ins in Slip Stitch Rib pattern using 6.0mm/US #10 needles with two strands of yarn held together.
Notions: Row Counter and tapestry needle for finishing ends.
Optional: Non-slip rug pad, 1cm, ½ an inch less than final dimensions, plus matching sewing thread.
The pattern includes stitch charts and full line-by-line instructions and is available for immediate download.
Payments can be made by credit card, debit card, or PayPal. You will then receive a confirmation of your transaction together with the download link by e-mail.
The pdf file can be printed out or viewed on a computer, tablet or mobile device. Please let me know if you have any difficulties in downloading or opening the file.
15 Jan 2014: The Ocean Currents Rug
27 Feb 2021: Seeing Double #4 – Blending colours with doubled yarns
Current Version: v12MAR2023
Please contact me if you have a previous version of the pattern and would like an updated copy.
© Moira Ravenscroft, 2023