Some time ago I was looking for a small bath mat but couldn’t find anything that fit my mental image of what it needed to look like, so I decided to crochet one!
I browsed around Ravelry and Pinterest for ideas and it didn’t take me long to find the inspiration I needed. I came across this beautiful Moroccan Tile Afghan by Moogly and KNEW I had found my stitch! I love how the two colors play off of each other and it looks like one stitch is hugging the other.
In my choice of colors it reminded me of small smooth pebbles (like the kind you might find at the beach), hence the name Soothing Pebbles Rug.
I used Tamara’s instructions for the 20″ square afghan and just made it a little longer than her instructions, but of course you can make it any size you like and she provides many width options to get you started. The pattern worked up pretty quickly once I got the hang of it and I was ready to add my border to finish it off. The border is a simple repeat of single crochet rows with a row of bobbles to continue the pebble effect. I love the way it turned out and plan to make more. I’ve gotten so many compliments on the unique look and also the cushiony comfort it provides underfoot!
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Soothing Pebbles Rug
Worsted weight yarn in two colors (or as many colors as you like).
I used Purl Essence Rainbow, in Oatmeal & Yellow ~1 skein of each.
Click the links below for some good yarn choices for this project:
- Rainbow Classic Yellow or Rainbow Classic Yarn, this is the yarn I used
- Red Heart Super Saver Yarn
- Bernat Super Value Yarn
- Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn, Ombre for a cotton option
Hook US J/6.00 mm
Gauge: Not important for this project
Size: 24″ x 27″
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
Bobble Stitch (worked from wrong side) – work 5 dc all into the same stitch, leaving the last loop unworked on the hook each time (6 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.
For the base of the rug, head on over to Moogly’s Moroccan Afghan page and follow her easy to understand instructions, then, when you are done with the base, come on back here for the border. She has several size options (but of course you can customize to your needs) and I used the starting chain for the 20″ square one and just added a few more rows of repeat to get it to the oblong length I wanted.
Border – will add approximately 2″ to each side depending upon yarn and gauge
Round 1: Working from the front side, join in any corner, work a round of sc evenly around making sure to have 3sc in each corner, join with sl st to first sc. When working this first row of sc, be sure to have a stitch count on each side that is a multiple of 5 + 2 (this means the count can be divided evenly by 5 with 2 stitches extra), I used 57 on the shorter side and 77 for the longer side.
Rounds 2 and 3: Sl st into center st of corner, ch1, 3sc in each corner, sc in each st around to end, join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off. This will increase your stitch count by 2 sc on each side for each repeated row. I had a stitch count of 61 for each short side and 81 for each long side after the last repeat.
Round 4: Turn to work from back side, join the contrasting color in center st of any corner, ch2 (does not count as a stitch), Bobble St in same corner st, *sc next 4 sts, Bobble St in next st*, repeat between * around to end until there are 4 sts left, sc last 4 sts, join with sl st to top of first Bobble St. Fasten off.
Round 5: turn to work from front side, join main color in center st of any corner, ch1, 3sc in each corner, sc in each st around to end, join with sl st to beg sc.
Rounds 6 & 7: Repeat as for Rounds 2 & 3. Fasten off after last repeat. Weave in ends.
That’s it! I told you it was quick and easy!!
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