Busting down the stash

There’s nothing like knitting with super bulky yarn on big needles to make that stash fly off the shelves. A skein of super bulky takes up a lot of real estate, but it knits up oh so fast.

I’m knitting a throw rug for the foot of the bed in the master bedroom. I cast on 120 sts. and it’s working out to being about 44″ wide and so far, 16″ long. The width of the rug will lie along the width of the bed.

Here is the pattern I’m using, 2 simple rows that you can remember instantly.

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit across

Row 2: (Slip 1, knit 1) across.

I’m alternating stripes in 4 colors in various widths, being sure to change colors on the same side, an odd row in this case.

Do a small swatch first, both to check your gauge and to see which side you want to be the right/wrong side. The stripes look well defined on my “wrong side”, you may want to switch.

Since I have more white than any other color, I’m making wider white stripes. My stripes are 2, 4, 6, 8, and 14 rows. For each pattern repeat of 50 rows, my smallest amount of yarn is used for 6 rows, the next is 10 rows, then 14 rows, and then 20 rows of white.

I like irregular stripe patterns so I worked out my design on a piece of paper in 10-row sections, plus one 20-row section. So the colors go something like 2-8, 4-6, 2-2-6, 14-2-4, etc.

When I ran out of gray, I started using cranberry instead. I’ll stop when I either run out of colors that match the room, or when the rug is as big as will fit in the space.

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