Friday, September 08, 2006


Ballband rug

Hi, I know several people on the KAL have made a rug or bathmat using the ball band pattern. I'd like to make one so I'd like to ask some questions. How many stitches did you cast one? How many strands did you use? Needle size? Finished project size?
Thank you for your help!

In the book the picture tells you that you use the same pattern as the washcloth but use a heavier yarn and 12 inch squares and then sew them together. Otherwise maybe you can just double the amount of stitches you cast on for the washcloth and then just make it longer, as long as you would like. Hope that helps.

I want to make one, too. Thanks for reminding me to get started. I think I'll try to do one really large mat with doubled yarn.. to be continued...
Ballband Bathmat Details

A few people have asked for details about my Ballband Bathmat (shown here next to matching finished and on-the-needles washcloths), so here goes:

Yes, it's as soft and squooshy as it looks. In fact, it feels so good underfoot that it's taking a serious act of willpower for me to pack it away for a Christmas gift instead of putting it right in my own bathroom (which just happens to be yellow).

It really does take 44 ounces of PnC/SnC worsted weight cotton; I figure based on the number of rows that 2/3 (or approx. 29 oz) was in the yellow shades and 1/3 (approx. 15 oz) was in white. I used 6 strands of PnC white held together for the slip stitch rows and 4 strands of PnC yellow ombre plus 2 strands of SnC yellow solid (for a total of 6 strands held together) for the bricks. I originally tried using only 4 strands held together for each, but it didn't turn out nearly as squooshy and yummy. I wound up frogging and using the full 6, even though it's a bear to keep them from getting tangled. If you're planning on buying directly from Elmore Pisgah, you may just want to buy the double worsted PnC so you can cut down on the number of strands. My needle size was 15, I cast on 51 stitches and worked 21 rows of bricks.

Thanks for all the positive comments! I think I may go rifle through my PnC/SnC stash and start another one....

Sorry I don't have the picture. I couldn't get it to cut and paste over but if you check the Aug postings it is about 3/4 of the way down and is yellow and white. It was by splindarella on Aug 7,2006
Good luck
This address will take you directly to the ballband rug pictured in my blog. It really was fun to do and makes a fantastic bathmat!
Thanks! Thats the one I was looking for. But 6 strands! eeek! I may have to break down and order the double worsted weight.
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