I have an exciting new crochet project to share with you today! My Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug!
This pattern is by Chi Wei, creator of One Dog Woof. It's a two step pattern that starts with crocheting the rug base, then continues to surface crocheting the faux fur onto the base. It's a very straightforward pattern and you can even find kits for it on the Lion Brand web site!
The pattern calls for Lion Brand Rewind and Lion Brand Go for Faux yarn. I made the mistake of ordering Lion Brand Go for Faux 'Thick and Quick' which is 3x the size of the regular Go for Faux so my project turned out larger, heavier and required a lot more yarn than the original. I also used a size 10mm crochet hook instead of the recommended 8mm.
The pattern starts by crocheting the base using 3 skeins of Rewind yarn held together.
At this point I ran out of Rewind yarn and while I waited for more to ship, I started surface crocheting on the Faux Fur. This is when I realized I mistakenly bought the wrong size (I later found out that the Thick version is just 3 strands of the regular stuff twisted together and I could have just untwisted it and used a single strand at a time but by then I was already finished.)
My yarn was too large to surface crochet in every base stitch so I ended up crocheting in every other stitch so my giant yarn had some room to breath. I think I pulled a little too tight though because my project began to get skinnier as I worked.
By the time I finished the base my rug had an ending measurement of 22x46" instead of the projected 23x36"! I ended up using 6 balls of Lion Brand Rewind yarn and 9 balls of Lion Brand Go for Faux Thick and Quick.
I think it turned out looking beautiful. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it now because it's SO much bigger than I thought it would be. I was hoping for a little throw to go over the back of a chair but now I have a full sized rug. I would like to put some rug backing on it and put it in the bedroom but unfortunately I have an elderly cat who can't tell the difference between rugs and cat boxes. I think for now it's going to live on the back of a living room chair with some of my white knitted throw pillows.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern run down. I'd definitely recommend buying the pattern kit if you plan to make this guy, save yourself the trouble of buying the wrong yarn or the wrong amount like I did. It's a pretty quick project, I managed to finish it in less than two weeks. I can see this rug being a household decor item that we use for years to come. Give it a try!
I'll be back soon with some more fun stuff!
Thanks for reading!
AFA was launched in 2015 as a craft and lifestyle blog. It has since morphed into a full time knitting blog! Here you'll find pattern and yarn reviews as well as a smattering of recipes and original patterns.