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Folk Art Rug

Explore checks, zigzags and stripes on this folk art-inspired floor covering.

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Pam Allen used graphic folk art motifs like checks, zigzags, and stripes as the jumping-off point for this nine-color wool rug. To start, the center panel is worked in sections, or panels, that build one upon the other in different knitting directions. Then stitches are picked up along the outer edges with a circular needle, and the rest of the rug is knitted in the round.
Finished Size: About 25 1/2"" (65 cm) wide and 34"" (86.5 cm) long.
Yarn: Harrisville Highland (100% wool; 200 yd [182 m]/100 g): garnet (A) and bluegrass (B), 2 skeins each; aster (pink; C), lilac (D), tundra (olive; E), seagreen (F), rose (G), wedgewood (H), and emerald (
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 16 sts and 16 rows
Needles: Size 8 (5 mm): five 24"" (60-cm) circular (cir) for working outer border in the round, and 1 set of straight (optional). Size 9 (5.5 mm): Set of 2 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessar
Notions: Tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Fall 2002

SKU: EP0053

Author/Speaker/Editor: Pam Allen

Format: eProject