How To Crochet A Scrap Yarn Rope Bath Mat

If you follow my blog, you might remember that I shared how to make a crocheted rug out of clothesline a couple of years ago (here). As I was thinking about ways to use up my scrap yarn, and with the warmer weather approaching, the thought of this new little bath rug came to mind. It’s made with a very inexpensive clothesline and worsted weight yarn.  I found this clothesline at Wal-Mart for $4.88, and you can find them on Amazon as well. Isn’t it fun?!

My rug is made with 100% cotton yarn because it will be used as a bath mat in my daughter’s small bathroom, but you can use any worsted weight yarn that you like. The cotton is absorbent which is great when you’re stepping out of the bath or shower.  I’ve got some of the Lion Brand Comfy Cotton that I’d like to use next time!

And bonus! This bath mat works up really quickly and easily. I used three small skeins of cotton yarn on this and it came out to measure 21″ round.  I could have made it even larger as there was still some clothesline left,  but decided it was just right for our needs.  You can certainly purchase two or three ropes and make the rug as large as you’d like.  It was so much fun to work on something a little different as I’ve been on quite the sweater and cardigan kick!

Above: I had so much fun working on this while in Arizona with my family. Sun, sandals and yarn equals happiness!

If you’re comfortable with single crochet stitches, you can definitely make this rug. I’ve made a video tutorial to help you along (see below) as well. 🙂  And look – there’s color in that rug! Hehe! My daughter loves bright colors, but you can be like me and stick with neutrals or use any color that compliments your home’s decor.

Remember this one? (below)

So how do you make this rug you ask….let me tell you the ways!

You will need:

1 Clothesline Rope 3/16th” X 100 ft  I used the Diamond Braid Clothesline from Wal-Mart (it was only $4.88)

Worsted Weight #4 Yarn – I prefer cotton and used about 300 yards


Tapestry needle to weave in ends

How To Make the Crocheted Rope Bath Mat

You will work around the rope just as you would with tapestry crochet (see a tutorial here)

Start in the center and work single crochet stitches around the rope. You will then single crochet into the stitch from the previous row and continue in rounds.  For the first round, you will want to work 2 stitches into each stitch! This way you’re increasing and the rug will lay flat. After this round, you will just increase every so often.  There is no real method to it other than if it starts to look as though it’s curling you need to increase more often.


See the full video tutorial here:



I hope you enjoyed this little project. It was sure fun for me! Happy spring and summer crocheting my friends. 🙂



How To Crochet A Scrap Yarn Rope Bath Mat

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  1. I just love this bath mat. Thank you for the pattern! I was just thinking of all the colors I could make and ones for each holiday too. Have you tried washing it in the Washing Machine?

  2. I was wondering, how do you wash it? Also, do you need to put something on back side to prevent it from slipping?

  3. Next thing you know, she’ll be cutting up sheets and blankets to make yarn…start by rounding off the corners a little. Then cut it in a spiral till you get to the center. T-shirts work well also, but its a stretchier product.

  4. I kivetthis Jessica! Been trying to thing what I was going to make for my sister ‘s birthday in May and here you are with the perfect idea! I make her something every year for her birthday and she will love this. I just have a question about the back of the rug with that start of the rope hanging out. Did you sew that down? Thank you as always for your beautiful ideas. So thankful that your daughter is recovering well.

  5. What did you do to even out the center? IN the tutorial it is a large empty spot in the middle. And please comment on the end of the rope where you started.

  6. What size crochet hook did you use? I do not see that in your instructions?

  7. Can you be a little more specific when you increase? I am at round 14, I increase and it curls, I don’t increase and it still curls!?!

  8. Jessica, How do you finish with the end of the rope? Keep sending out easy, quick patterns! Thank You.

    1. You can either weave it in if possible, or cut the rope with just a very small end sticking out on the bottom of the rug. 🙂 Sorry for the delay in answering!

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