FREE Crochet Shag Bath Mat Tutorial

I love when I can make something fun and easy for the home that looks great!  I was in desperate need of a new bath mat for my children’s bathroom.  It just seems to never make it to the top of the list!  About a year ago we updated the bathroom with a new shower curtain and a paint job to make it feel a little more grown up. Adding a new mat was definitely overdue!


Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn – $8.49

from: Craftsy
Last year I worked with Bernat’s new Maker Home Dec yarn for my Beach Towels.  I fell in love with this fun T-Shirt style yarn. With several balls of it still in my stash, I thought this would be the perfect project to use up those leftovers and get this item off my list!

So to get started here’s what you’ll need

SUPPLIES NEEDED

*4 Balls Bernat Maker Home Dec (30″x20″) Shown in Cream
May be purchased through Yarnspirations or Craftsy

*11.5mm crochet hook
Hook used in Video
Red Heart

* Threading Needle for Bulky yarn
Needle used in video Walmart

* Measuring Tape
* Scissors

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First off we’ll be using 2 strands of yarn held together (work from 2 balls at once)

Now lets make a swatch to check GAUGE using Single Crochet (SC) and the Loop Stitch (LS)

SWATCH
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Row 1: Chain 15, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across, turn. (14)

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 lp in each st across, turn. (14)

Row 3: Ch1, 1 sc in each st across, turn. (14)

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you have 9-10 rows

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GAUGE:

4″ = 7.25 sts and 9 rows

Based on my gauge I’ve figured out how many stitches and rows I need to make my desired size Bath Mat (30″ x 20″).  If you’d like to make a larger size mat or rug just sub out my numbers for yours!

mat gauge

PATTERN: Our Finished Bath Mat shown in video measures 30″ x 20″

Row 1: Chain 55, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across, turn. (54)

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 lp in each st across, turn. (54)

Row 3: Ch1, 1 sc in each st across, turn. (54)

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you have 45 rows

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You can keep a loop stitch look or cut all the loops for a ‘shag’ look.  When cutting the loops give them a good tug and go row by row so as not to miss any!

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It’s a pretty scary thing to cut your crochet project so I was quick to throw it in the wash and see how it would come out before posting this design! (note: gentle/delicate wash cycle)

The Results:

The yarn came out great but some of our shag poked through the wrong side.  I just went through the mat and pulled all my shag bits back giving them all a good tug.  Therefore if you choose to throw in the wash this mat will require some work to keep it looking its best.  Otherwise you could try hand washing.  I would not recommend putting this mat in the dryer or things could get really scary!!

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Pics taken after the Wash!

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Happy Hooking MJ

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