Monday, May 3, 2010

Cotton Rag Bath Mat

I've noticed some of the knitting club girls have been getting a little lazy lately. Our last meetings have been mostly eating, eating, chatting and a little more eating.
This is why I decided to post this tutorial by coco knits.
I think this is mat is a brilliant idea, specially because it is a very fast and easy knit, and also because you can make it out of recycled material. I hope it gets your knitting juices going girls!

Rag Bathmat 1


Approximately 18" wide and desired length. The sample is 36” long for a bathtub, it can be shorter for a smaller shower.



Sample used two pre-washed twin size sheets ripped into 1 ½” strips and connected as per the rag knitting tutorial on


# 19 needles.


Using # 19 needles over moss st, approximately 1 st per inch.


CO – cast on

BO – bind off

st(s) – stitch(es)

c4b – cable 4 sts behind. Slip next 4 sts onto cable needle (in this case I used a chopstick) and hold at the back of your work. Knit 4 sts, then knit 4 from cable needle.


CO 26 sts.

Row 1, 3, 7 (RS): [k1, p1] four times, p1, k8, p1, [p1, k1] four times.

Row 2 and all WS rows: [k1, p1] four times, k1, p8, k1, [p1, k1] four times.

Row 5: [k1, p1] four times, p1, c4b, p1, [p1, k1] four times.

Repeat these 8 rows until you reach the desired length. BO on a row 1 of pattern.


add fringe by cutting rag “yarn” into 4" long pieces and attaching to either edge as follows

Fold strip in half and pull the fold through the c.o. edge with a crochet hook:

Plastic Bag Knitting 1

Then push the ends through the loop you created and pull until it’s snug:
Plastic Bag Knitting 1


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