Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mending a Tarn Rug

After years of frequent machine-washing and drying, your tarn rug might develop a few failed stitches at the edges. You can fix this by making a single-crochet border around the rug, using more tarn.

Here's how to do it:

1. With the same size crochet hook and tarn that you used for making the rug originally, start at the corner of the rug nearest the frayed area. Work the stitches for this border slightly tighter than usual, to avoid rippling edges.

2. Make a loop with the tarn, put it on the hook, and work your first sc (U.S. term) in the first row-end st at the corner of the rug.

3. Work 2sc in the row ends between each "bar," and work an sc in the bars until you get to the next corner.

4. Work 3sc in the same st at the corner, and sc across the last edge row or starting foundation chain. At the end, work 3sc in the last st.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 until you arrive where you started. Connect to the first sc of the border with a sl st, tie off, and work in ends.

You can find more tips for the Tarnation Rectangle Rug and Tarnation Oval Rug in the following posts:
How to Make Tarn
Choosing Fabric for Tarn
Saving Your Hands and Arms When Using Tarn
Making the Print Show
Allover Print Tarn

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