Checkers Plastic Bag Rug - Free Crochet Pattern


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Checkers

Design by Belinda "Bendy" Carter

Sturdy, waterproof and completely charming, this rug will make any entryway fresh and bright for rainy spring days!

Finished Size
17 x 22 inches, not including Fringe

Materials

  • Glad Large Trash Bags (30 gallons per bag):
    • 10 black
    • 7 white
  • Size K/101/2/6.5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge
7 sc = 3 inches;
7 sc rows = 3 inches

Pattern Notes
To prepare bags, spread bag on flat surface, fold in half so the right top and left top meet and right bottom and left bottom meet; repeat 3 more times; bag should measure 2 inches wide at this point. Cut 1/2 inch off the bottom and discard.

When changing colors (see Stitch Guide), always drop unused color to wrong side of work. Carry dropped color along back of work; pick up again when needed.

Strip A
Prepare 1 black bag, cut folded bag in 1 1/4-inch-wide sections from bottom to top, ending with 22 lps each 1 1/4 inches wide. Insert top end of 2nd lp through center of first lp, pull bottom of 2nd lp through top of same lp, tighten, connecting 2nd lp to first lp. Continue connecting lps in same manner until all lps are connected. Roll into a ball. Rep process when more lps are needed.

Strip B
With 1 white bag, work same as Strip A.

Strip C
With 1 black bag, work same as Strip A cutting 44 lps in 5/8-inch-wide Strips.
With 1 white bag, work same as Strip A cutting 44 lps in 5/8-inch-wide Strips.
Work with 5/8-inch-wide black and white strips held tog as 1 for Strip C.

Mat
Note: Always change to next color in last st of last color used.
Row 1: With Strip A, ch 41, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each of next 7 chs, [with Strip C, sc in each of next 8 chs, with Strip A, sc in each of next 8 chs] twice, turn. (40 sc)
Rows 2-7: Ch 1, sc in each of first 8 sts, [with Strip C, sc in each of next 8 sts, with Strip A, sc in each of next 8 sts] twice, turn.
Row 8: With Strip C, ch 1, sc in each of first 8 sts, [with Strip B, sc in each of next 8 sts, with Strip C, sc in each of next 8 sts] twice, turn.
Rows 9-14: Ch 1, sc in each of first 8 sts, [with Strip B, sc in each of next 8 sts, with Strip C, sc in each of next 8 sts] twice, turn.
Row 15: With Strip A, ch 1, sc in each of first 8 sts, [with Strip C, sc in each of next 8 sts, with Strip A, sc in each of next 8 sts] twice, turn.
Rows 16-49: Rep rows 2-15 consecutively, ending with row 7.
Row 50: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off.
Row 51: Working in starting ch on opposite side of row 1, join Strip A with sc in first ch, sc in each ch across. Fasten off.

Fringe
For each Fringe, cut 2 lengths of each color, 5/8-inches-wide by 5 inches long
With both lengths held tog, fold in half, insert hook in st, pull fold through, pull all loose ends through fold; tighten. Trim ends.
Alternating black and white Fringe, Fringe each st on each end of Mat.

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