Have you knit with T-shirt yarn before?
T-shirt yarn is yarn made out of the leftover t-shirt material from factories. You can even cut old t-shirts to make your own (Youtube has a ton of really good tutorials). I love that it reduces waste and gives you such a cool fabric to work with. My friend Irina from Knitznpurlz has the most gorgeous colors of t-shirt yarn.
For this t-shirt yarn rug knitting pattern, I’ve used some of her t-shirt yarn. I let Mr. Artichoke choose the colors, and I must admit the result is stunning. The London Blue with the Wine might be an unexpected combo, but it really shines. This super easy chunky knit rug instantly dresses up your bathroom. On top of being so elegant, the mix of textures with this yarn is really comfortable under your feet. I just smile every time I walk on mine.
No time right now? Pin this chunky knit rug pattern for later.
I use it as a bath mat but it would look great as a doormat or kitchen rug too.
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Before you Start your Knit Bath Mat Pattern
- 7 mm / US 10 1/2 knitting needles.
- Knitznpurlz t-shirt yarn: 175 m London Blue and 70 m wine color.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thickness and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
- T pins for blocking
- st = stitch
- k = knit
- P = purl
- Stockinette stitch = knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side of the mat
- Garter stitch = knit on both sides of the project
My gauge in garter stitch is 11 st by 22 rows for a 10 cm / 4″ square.
The knit bath mat is 40 cm (15 3/4″) wide and 70 cm (27 1/2″) long. This is a very flexible pattern. You can adapt the width by adding/removing stitches. And for the length, just add/remove rows.
The Actual Chunky Knit Rug Pattern
On 7 mm / US 10 1/2 knitting needles, cast on 44 st in blue yarn.
Knit in garter stitch (knit on both sides) for 10 cm (4″).
Switch to red yarn. Knit in stockinette stitch (alternate knit and purl rows) for 8 cm (3 1/4″). Finish on a purl row.
Switch back to blue yarn and knit 13 cm (5″) in garter stitch.
Then switch to red yarn and knit 6 cm (2 1/4″) in stockinette stitch. Finish with a purl row.
Switch back to blue yarn and knit 5 cm (2″) in garter stitch.
Switch to red yarn, knit 10 cm (4″) in stockinette stitch. Finish on a purl row.
Switch one last time to blue yarn and knit 18 cm (7″) in garter stitch. Cast off and bind off.
Weave in all the ends before blocking your chunky knit rug.
Be careful while blocking as some of the colors might bleed out. To avoid issues, soak your knit bath mat in mild water with some white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and block.