As I mentioned last week in this post, I want to try to use more of the fabric scraps I have accumulated over the years.  I have been looking around for projects that use scraps and can be something that I want to use and/or give as a gift.  Well this week I found a great scrap buster while perusing the Craftzine blog.  Granted it isn’t a new idea, I mean scrap rugs have been around for ages, but boy, does this project use up some scraps.

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Here’s a picture of the finished rug from the blog Crazy Mom Quilts.

I loved this idea and decided to start my own.  First, I dug through the huge bag of scraps looking for long skinny pieces that I can cut into strips.  I also had been saving random selvages from fabrics, so those went into my pile.  Cut down the scraps to strips so they were 1/2″ to 1″ wide.  Started knotting them together and got started on the size 35 knitting needles.

First attempt, following her instructions, cast on 38 stitches with 35 needles.

First attempt, following her instructions, cast on 38 stitches with 35 needles.

Well, I was having a very hard time getting the 38 stitches to fit on my needles and the garter stitch fabric I was knitting seemed too loose for a rug.  So I ripped it and decided to start over with size 17 needles and casting on 30 stitches.  It is only a few inches long at this point, but I am liking the feel of the knit fabric with the smaller needles.  I will keep my basket of scraps by the couch and pick it up whenever I want a mindless knit.  Hopefully this will be a quick project and I can have a new rag rug bathmat.

My ball of scrap yarn, after ripping out the first attempt.

My ball of scrap yarn, after ripping out the first attempt.