Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tarnation Oval Rug

This fast and easy crocheted rug is made from t-shirts that have been cut into tarn (T-shirt yARN) -- a great way to recycle old cotton-knit garments and get a good-looking, high-use item in exchange. Your rug can be as large or small as you wish. The number of shirts to use depends on the sizes of the shirts and how large you want to make it. Machine washable and dryable, it's an excellent rug for kitchen, bath, utility, or entry.

Skill Level   Easy

1/2" / 1cm-width tarn (not stretched) made from approximately 5-7 adult-sized t-shirts

Schematic diagram included.

A free .pdf of this pattern is available as a download from Ravelry.

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You can find tips and variations for this pattern 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
Cottonation Oval Rug (made with cotton yarn)

And another Tarnation rug pattern
Tarnation Rectangle Rug


  1. This is great! I was just looking at my giant teenage son's outgrown T-shirts thinking: "Goodwill does not want these." and wondering if there was something useful I can do with them.

  2. Oh yes, this is a great use for them. And they don't have to be in great shape or anything. If you come to a hole when making tarn, just end the strip, cut off the hole, and start a new strip. Easy peasy.

  3. Hi! Thanks for sharing your pattern! I am working on it now and have some pretty big ruffles that have formed. I stopped increasing as soon as it started ruffling but it’s REALLY ruffley now. Will continuing to crochet with no increasing eventually straighten it out? Just debating whether to rip it out to before the ruffle started...


    1. I'm surprised that a couple of non-increasing rounds haven't straightened out the ruffling. It probably depends on how tight you're working, tarn thickness, etc. You could try taking out the rounds back to the round before the ruffling started, work a couple without increases, and then try an increase round. Good luck!