Crochet Pendleton Selvage Rug
I’ve known about world renown Pendleton wool since I was a wee child, when my parents got one of those classic rainbow striped Pendleton blankets ( better know as the Glacier National Park Blanket ) for their king bed. A few weeks ago, in internet land, I came upon Pendleton Woolen Mills Outlet. There they sell fabric and “waste” scraps from Pendleton blankets and other goods to anyone who wants them, mostly crafters. I love this idea to the core. What an eco-friendly approach to manufacturing! Why don’t more fabric and textile makers take advantage of this idea? I can make something useful out of waste? The tree hugger emerges from me. One of the scrap products that they sell is called “selvage”. From reading further on their blog, I learned that you can crochet a rug from this selvage. What does a crochet addict, Pendleton loving, environmentally conscious, fabric freak do when they read such a thing? ORDER scraps of course! I patiently awaited their “truck report” to find out what kinds of scraps they would receive from the week of production. This report comes out at the end of each week. I made the call to the Mill, and spoke with a helpful lady, telling her the possible colors I would prefer. They do their best to accommodate what you would like, but make no guarantee they have your color preference. I told her, either a yellow and grey mix for my kitchen or a purple for my daughter. She kindly went and checked the bins to find an eight pound bag of purple selvage that she said would be “girly”. Sweet! Then she told me it was on sale for 50% off. WHAT? What does a crochet addict, Pendleton loving, environmentally conscious, budget obsessed girl do when she hears something like this? Order more! No, I didn’t. But I wanted to. I told myself to simmer down and see how my first rug goes. And it went amazingly well. (I’m already picturing what other things I can “selvage” and turn into rugs-those dingy sheets?) Here is the little synopsis of the Pendleton selvage rug…..
How I Made A Selvage Rug
1. Check the Pendleton Woolen Mill Truck Report to see if they had the scraps I needed. They say about five pounds is the amount needed to make a rug. My bag was eight pounds, as they are all pre-filled and can vary in weight.
2. Called and requested various colors, finally choosing purple. The selvage was cheap, and I spent more on shipping than materials. It was $19.00 to ship the eight pound box.
3. Anxiously waited, wondering what this “purple” really would look like.
4. Bought the suggested Size S crochet hook ( found here Lion Brand S Hook ) required to make the rug. I called several craft stores, and found the Lion Brand Size S hook at Joann Fabric. I was so scared I wouldn’t find one in stock after calling three different stores. But alas, when I told the clerk at Joann “It’s a big, giant, red hook”, she found it.
5. Received my big box of scrap. Opened it, and LOVED the color!! Then got nervous because it looked totally overwhelming with the amount of wormy, twisted fabric scraps.
6. Began the project. To my merriment, the scraps were easy to pull out, and were not tangled at all. There is a need for a bit of patience as you have to pull out each piece, and sometimes pull apart pieces stuck together. I would just pull a piece out as I went along. No need to ball it all up first. The ends do need spliced, which intimidated me. There are directions on how to do this in the pattern on their site. You basically just knot the ends together, removing all the “fuzzies” from the core strings first.
*On their blog, the pattern given is for an oval type shaped rug. This is lovely, but I wanted a circular rug. If you know how to crochet in the round, this is all I did. Below I will write the pattern for crocheting in the round.
*With my eight pound bag, I still have plenty left over selvage
*This is crocheted in a spiral, so mark the first stitch for each round (I used a piece of velcro and just stuck it to the rug on the first stitch)
*If you know a single crochet, increase, and crochet in the round, you can do this
You will need:
- Selvage – 5 pounds
- Size S Crochet Hook – I used Lion Brand – worked like a charm
Round 1 Start with a Chain 2, then sc 6 times into second chain away from hook – slip stitch to join
Round 2 Increase X 6 = 12 stitches
Round 3 *1 Increase, sc in next st* Repeat from * to * around row (18 stitches in this Round)
Round 4 *1 Increase, sc in next 2 sts* Repeat from * to * around row (24 stitches in this Round)
Round 5 * 1 Increase, sc in next 3 sts* Repeat from * to * around row (30 stitches in this Round)
Round 6 * 1 Increase, sc in next 4 sts* Repeat from * to * around row
**Continue this pattern (increasing your number of single crochets by one, in each repeat, for each round) until your rug is the size you would like. Mine measures 24″ in diameter.
***There were a few times that my rug seemed to want to bow, as if it was too tight. I just would increase an extra stitch when that happened. If it ruffles, you are increasing too much.
****Check out the pattern that they have posted on their blog if you’d like an oval shaped rug
Adding the Poms (Optional)
I used almost two yards of poms which I purchased at a big box retailer. I used crochet thread and an embroidery needle to sew the poms on, making a stitch about every inch.
I hope you will be as happy with your rug as I am with mine. I can’t wait to make more goodies with my leftover selvage!
Are you going to make one, or have you made one in the past?
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Jan P. says
It’s good to know about Pendleton’s selvage scraps. I’ve been doing similar projects with selvages from regular cotton, either yard goods or sheets. Sheets, of course, never get thrown out; I’ll either donate them to an animal shelter or, more usually, cut up the selvages and sheet fabric and crochet into mats and small rugs.
It’s so great you’ve been able to use sheets and selvage cotton to make up some mats and rugs. I really would like to try to make a rug from my old sheets. Since I’ve never done it, it is a little bit intimidating. I will have to give it a try one of these days! Thanks for sharing.
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Donna Chambers says
Happily I live less than 3 miles from the Pendleton outlet! I have made many wool rugs, they go together pretty quickly and make great gifts, besides the stuff is cheap!
In the store they also sell “woolies” by the pound which are pieces of wool fabric cut from the ends of bolts etc. Unlike the selvage pieces they are not so stringy. I’m not sure if you can mail order them or not.
Your rug is so cute, I love the pompom idea!
Oh, you lucky duck Donna! I’m afraid I’d be in trouble if I lived so close to Pendleton. I’ve seen the “woolies” online but didn’t know if you could make a rug out of them with crochet. Is that indeed what you did? I’d love to know. The selvage pieces are stringy for sure. Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad you like the addition of the pompoms!
Kimberly McAllister says
That is so pretty! Is it soft and do the strings fall off?
The strings don’t fall off at all. They might have fallen a bit while I crocheted it, but not now when we use it!
Mary Nowak-Sturkie says
Can you request rag yarn from a fabric store / distributor usually. Do they understand if you want it prepared for use, as you indicated in the instructions that you can pull it out of the carton somewhat…prepared…for the rag rug??? OR am I losing your message?
“I” may not know what I am talking about, and perhaps not posing the correct wording, this is a new adventure for me.
So this store does have “selvege” that you can request. It comes in pieces and you have to knot them together, but it’s a lot of fun and works up fairly quickly!
Kim McAllister says
I am wondering if these rugs can be washed after you crochet them? Have you washed yours? Thanks