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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.

The pattern uploaded here includes stitch charts and full line-by-line instructions. It is available for immediate download as a zip file, with two versions formatted for:
. US/Letter-sized paper
. & UK/A4 stationery.
Please select the version you prefer from the two provided to save to your hard-drive. The pdf files can be printed out or viewed on a computer, iPad or iPhone directly.

(c) Moira Ravenscroft, 2014
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18 sts/32 rows : 10cm/4 ins in patt using 2 strands of yarn held together and 5.5mm/US#9 ndls.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 105cm/41 ins wide x 85cm/33 ins in length.


  • Handspun or purchased yarn in 5 colours, with 100-300gm/3.5-12.5oz per colour
  • The rug will need a total of 1,150gm/42 oz of yarn to knit.

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle for finishing.

Suggested yarn:

2300 meters of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Handspun, or Cascade 220


Natural greys or browns in 5 colours

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Wyndlestraw Designs:

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