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!

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)

Note: video will demonstrate how to accurately separate a ball in 2!

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

SWATCH (this is the size in video but you could reduce to 10 sts to save on time :))

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 handwashing.  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!

Checkout the full video HERE

More details in video including how to use the thumb join for joining yarn!

I hope you enjoyed this free tutorial!

Happy Hooking!

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