I have had a recent obsession with creating small area rugs. Hooked, knit, and most recently braided. For this door mat, I began with 300 yards of a more thin piping cord than previously used(12/32″), divided this into three equal parts, and used a similar dying technique first attempted here. Once dyed and dried the three colors of piping cord were braided together.
Initially I wanted to use this braid to create a traditional braided rug sewn in rounds to create a larger round rug. My first attempt was not a success and the growing disc began to look like a conical Asia rice paddy hat. Stylish yes, but not the mission of the day.
And so…enter giant knitting needles. After casting on only 7 stitches, a simple Stockinette stitch was worked up. From this project I learned that it is not conducive to sit close on the couch with my man, using the three-foot home-made knitting needles. He had to duck and cover a few times, but thankfully no blood was shed, which in my mind is a great success.
For the amount of braided yardage that this little mat is made up of, I was surprised how small the finished product is. It is an appropriate door mat, but looks a little on the small side, and makes me giggle a little when I step on it.