Last year I was gifted a box full of yarn from Garnstudio · DROPS Design. When new yarn deliveries come to their warehouse a bag of single skeins of each of the delivery colors come to their offices for control. These skeins are often not put to use as they are all different shades so a few times a year they send them out as gifts. I was lucky to receive such gift. This was not a sponsorship and I was in no way obligated to share what I made with it.
Among it was several skeins of Drops Andes in the most gorgeous colors. This made the perfect base for a project I had wanted to make for a long time: A Rya rug!
For the project I used:
Scissors, needle, rubber bands and a crochet hook size 3.00 mm
2 pieces of cardboard measuring 17 x 10 cm
Detangling comb - I used this to make the work look more even and remove excess fibers.
Non-slip surface rug measuring length/width: 64 x 48 squares (link)
1 skein of Drops Andes in the colors: Light beige, beige, misty rose, royal blue and navy blue
2 skeins of Drops Snow in the colors: Marshmallow and maroon
1 skein of Drops Snow in the colors: Powder pink and pastel pink
Scrap yarn - I used many different types in different thickness
Only the Drops Andes was gifted - the rest of the materials and tools I bought myself.
CUTTING THE YARN
I startede the project by cutting my yarn in 17 cm strands. This is a long proces, but it is made much easier by placing the two pieces of cardboard on top of each other and place rubber bands rund the short side.
Wrap your yarn along the long side of the cardboard. Don't wrap it all at once! Insert your scissors between the two pieces of cardboard and cut the yarn.
You now have pieces in 34 cm. Cut them in half again. I cut all my yarn at once and gathered it into bundles with rubber bands.
Fold your strand of yarn in half and do the following:
I found it the easiest to start at the bottom, and work my way up.
I wanted my rug to look random - but my brain automatically wants to make patterns of everything! So I startede by making 8 rows in each of the thick yarns; Drops Andes and Snow. I startede from the bottom and worked my way up:
Mix of powder pink and pastel pink
Afterwards, I fused the different colors together - and added my yarn scraps. Lastly I went through every row to tighten it, and combed it, to remove all the extra yarn fibers. This was the final result:
I will without a doubt try to make another one with all the experience I have gained from my first attempt. For example, I will try to intertwine the colors more so that the different color changes are not so obvious.
I hope you found my guide useful, and thank you Garnstudio · DROPS Design for the yarn!