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Rare Earth Rug

from Wyndlestraw Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Rare Earth Rug
Rare Earth Rug © Moira Ravenscroft, 2013
Rare Earth Rug © Moira Ravenscroft, 2013
Rare Earth Rug © Moira Ravenscroft, 2013

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Work with several different yarn colours, either following a chart or written instructions.
  • This is a good project for an Intermediate knitter to work on a larger project.

Pattern Description:

Nothing warms a New England winter more than a cozy rug to step onto first thing in the morning. This one is no exception, with its rich natural tones harmonizing with the beauty of the world outside.

The Rare Earth Rug can be worked from handspun yarn, as here, or with commercially available yarns in natural shades of browns, greys and off-whites. 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 distortions.
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Pattern information:
The pattern includes stitch charts and full line-by-line instructions and is available for immediate download as a pdf file formatted for US/Letter-sized paper. The pdf file can be printed out or viewed on a computer, iPad or iPhone directly.

The pattern is also available in a UK version for printing onto A4 stationery. Please let me know if you would prefer this version.

(c) Moira Ravenscroft, 2015
E-mail: wyndlestraw.designs@gmail.com
Website: www.wyndlestrawdesigns.com
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18 sts/32 rows:4 ins/10cm in patt using 2 strands of yarn held together and US #9/5.5mm circ ndls.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 41 ins/105cm wide x 33 ins/85cm long


  • Handspun or purchased yarn in 5 colours, with 100-300gm/3.5-12.5oz per colour

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle for finishing.
  • Non-slip backing if the rug will be used on a slippery floor

Suggested yarn:

2300 meters of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Handspun, or Cascade 220


Natural greys or browns in 5 co-ordinating colours

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