Rare Earth Rug
Nothing warms a New England winter more than a cozy rug to step onto first thing in the morning. The Rare Earth Rug has been worked in rich natural tones to harmonise with the beauty of the bare branches outside with their thick coating of snow. However, other colour combinations would also look beautiful and bring a homely touch to any room.
The wonderfully gentle gradations of colour are achieved by working with two strands of yarn in ever-changing combinations. The stitch pattern is reversible and lies flat without curling or distortion.
Please see below for more information about this pattern.
NB: A pattern for a set of co-ordinating cushions, the Rare Earth Cushions, is available separately.
TECHNIQUES REQUIRED: Knitting, purling, slipped stitches, working a stripe pattern and working with two ends of yarn held together.
SIZE: One size, 90cm/36 ins wide x 120cm/48 ins long
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 worsted-weight yarn, 100% wool, 215m/220 yds:100gm skein, in Colours:
Col 1 – Black: 8555 Black x 100gm / 1 skein
Col 2 – Dark Grey: 8400 Charcoal Grey x 300gm / 3 skeins
Col 3 – Mid Grey: 8509 Grey x 350gm / 4 skeins
Col 4 – Light Grey: 8401 Silver Grey x 300gm / 3 skeins
Col 5 – White: 8010 Natural x 100gm / 1 skein
Actual amount of yarn used in rug as shown:
980gm/34.5 oz, 1971m/2156 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 stitches:10 cm/4 ins using 4.5-5.0mm/US #7-8 needles when working with a single strand of yarn. Please note that the rug is worked with two ends of yarn held together.
Needles: Size 5.5mm/US #9 circular needles, length 100cm/40 ins.
Gauge: 16 sts & 24 rows:10cm/4 ins in Ridged Rib pattern, using 5.5mm/US #9 needles and with two strands of yarn held together.
Notions: Tapestry needle for finishing, pins & water spray mister.
Optional: Non-slip rug backing 85cm/34 ins wide x 115cm/46 ins long + needle & 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.
23 Oct 2008: Rare Earth Rug
01 Nov 2013: It's Wovember!
27 Feb 2021: Seeing Double #4 – Blending colours with doubled yarns
Current Version: v10SEPT2023
Please contact me if you have a previous version of the pattern and would like an updated copy.
© Moira Ravenscroft, 2023