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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Stool Mat

My dear husband bought me a kitchen stool for Valentine's Day! 

I was at the yarn shop last night and saw a fabric crochet rug, hence the inspiration for my Stool Mat!  So...you got a naked stool, some scrap fabric and a Q hook? Let's go!

Cut 3" strips of fabric. I used 2 yards and had a few strips left over.
Start with a Magic Loop.

Throughout, to manage your ends crochet over them. When you start a new strip pull up a loop and take the tail end of that strip and pull it up and between the fabric on the hook and the working fabric. Let the end of the last strip lie with it on top of the sts to be worked. Work over them. 

Round 1 - Ch 2 and make 7 sc in the loop. (8sts)
Round 2 - Without joining make 2sc in each st around. (16sts)
Round 3 - (Sc in next st, 2sc in next st) around. (24sts)
Round 4 - (Sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around. (32sts)
Round 5 - (Sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st) around ending with 1 sc instead of 2 in the last st. (39 sts)

I stopped here for a 13 inch mat, but continue increasing or omit rounds for the size of your stool.

To finish off sl in the next 2 sts then weave the tail back and forth through the work.

To make the ties, use a few of your strips, cut to the length desired. Place your  mat on top of your stool and push the ends of the strip through and around a stitch on the last row of stitches. Pull them down, wrap twice around the leg and tie in a bow. Repeat for the other legs.

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