0173 Braided Rugs & Such


 0173 Braided Rugs & Such

by Charlene Shafer

Use up your left over yarns on any machine to create a beautiful rug, chair pads or coasters.


Our pioneer ancestors knew the virtue of saving every small scrap of yarn – and the joy of crafting them into useful objects for their homes. The oval braided rug is just such a project – easy and economical to make, sturdy and longwearing, and a source of pride to display.

We all have extra yarn in a bag , a box, a closet or some of us, even a room. How many times I have heard, “I need to use up some of this yarn I have before buying more”. Here is a simple way to use up the leftovers, the extra cones or odd dye lots we have on the shelf. Knit rugs, Chair pads, Placemats, or coasters. They can be braided in several shapes. First try the basic circle, half circle or oval. Now try a square, heart shape or even an apple shape. The possibilities are endless.

In this book, we will give you some guidelines to go by. Since you can use any type of yarn and we all braid at a different tensions, it will be hard to give you an exact number of rows to knit. This is one of those projects you don’t need a swatch. Don’t you just love it? The items don’t have to be exact sizes. Braid until you run out of yarn or you have the size needed. This is a great project if you have a motor drive.

As I travel around the country, I have seen many variations of how to knit and sew the braided rug. Here is what has worked for me. I’m sure there are other ways but this isn’t rocket science and any way you choose, should work well for you.

Use any yarn and any knitting machine.  

Step-by-Step instructions.

Additional information

Weight .2 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × .03 × 11 in