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How to Crochet a Round Floral Rug With Cross-Stitch Roses

Athlyn Green is an avid crocheter and knitter. She designs and sells handcrafted goods.

Crocheted Round Rug With Roses, Worked in Maroon and Cream Yarn

Crocheted Round Rug With Roses, Worked in Maroon and Cream Yarn

Learn to Crochet a Pretty, Round Rug Worked in Single Crochet and Decorated With Roses

Have you ever wanted to crochet a round rug? There is just something so charming about this type of area rug. While there are other ways to make circular rugs, I've always thought a crocheted rug is the easiest method because you don't have to sew in any strips. I like that each row is joined to the previous row.

I'd always wanted to make a round rug and finally rolled up my sleeves and took the plunge. I did not work from a pattern and just went "free-style."

My Free-Style Design

Any crocheter knows that circles are tricky and a project of this size is even trickier. I knew it might be a challenge to get this rug to spread out flat, so before I even began, I developed the mindset that if I wanted a round crocheted rug, I had better be prepared for the difficulty of flattening it out.

I basically designed this rug as I went and was very pleased at the finished results. And I will tell you up front that I did some ripping back. Sometimes we have to work something and stand back and look at it before we decide whether it's yay or nay.

Why I Used Single Crochet for This Rug

I made this rug using single crochet for a number of reasons:

  • Single crochet gives you a nice, compact, dense stitch that would wear well over time. Many crochet stitches are large and lacy-looking but would not do for rug making.
  • You can fly right along with single crochet.
  • I wanted to use a stitch that would serve as a background for adding flowers. For this you need a stitch that resembles squares, so you can work your flower stitches over top.
  • I wanted the rows to look similar to their braided counterparts and single crochet fit the bill nicely to create this effect.

Materials List

  • Skeins of 7 oz worsted medium weight acrylic yarn. Number of skeins will vary, depending on the number of strands used and the size of the finished rug. I chose a nice raspberry color for this rug but, of course, any color could be used.
  • #5 or 6 crochet hook

My Yarn Choices

Many have asked me what yarn I actually used to make this rug.

• Red Heart Burgundy
• Red Heart Bone

Number of Yarn Strands

I used two yarn strands of medium-weight yarn for this rug. Here's how you can vary the strands based on your desired rug and the type of yarn you're using:

  • Thicker Rug: For a thicker rug, I would suggest using 3–4 strands. A heavier rug is ideal because it retains its shape and slippage is less likely.
  • Bulkier Yarn: Alternatively, one could use rug yarn or a bulky weight yarn and simply use two strands. Red Heart has a chunky yarn in Claret, for those wanting the maroon color.

Crochet Pattern for the Round Rug With Roses

This rug can be worked in a single color or created in panels of alternating colors. You can, of course make your rug as small or as large as you want.

  1. Row 1: Make a beginning loop, work 10 SC in the loop, close with a SS, pull yarn end to tighten loop. CH 1.
  2. Continue with each row using SC throughout.
  3. Incorporate Increases every 5-10 rows, as needed by crocheting 2 SC, 1 SC, and repeating for entire row.
  4. After the first 5 rows, do not CH 1 at the end of row, rather SC into this stitch and work rug in a continuous circle to eliminate a seam showing. As can be seen in the photos, doing this eliminated the seam, but there is a slight off-set. This could be camouflaged by a leaf or a small rose.
  5. Keep working rows until your rug is the desired size.
  6. End with 1 SS in last stitch. Work two more SS and tie off.
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How to Add Variegated Rows

I wanted a variegated look to my rug so I introduced cream-colored yarn but I did not cut my maroon yarn. I worked my rows switching between colors and carrying the secondary color along the back of the work, by hooking around it.

This works well for a row or two but if you plan on adding more rows of alternating colors, you will need either a yarn tainer or a homemade yarn holder because when alternating your colors, you will find your yarn twists. Tangling is a real problem. Having to stop and continually unwind tangled yarn is a waste of crafting time.

  • Work 10 rows, then add one row of alternating colors
  • Work another 10 rows, then work 1-2 rows of alternating colors.
  • Work 20 rows, then 1-2 rows alternating colors
  • Work another 20 rows, then 1 row of alternating colors and one final row worked in bone.