Thursday, October 28, 2010

Clever fingers

Some people are so clever it's breathtaking. This beautiful rug was created somewhere back in the 70s or 80s by a brilliant craftswoman called Mary Strecker. This picture was published in the McCall's Book of Aphgans in 1980. I've had a look on Google and found that you can only get hold of these out-of-print magazines through dealers. I am so glad to have this little treasure.
I love the way the colours have been used to create the pattern although the stitch seems to be fairly simple - single crochet and double crochet (American terms). The rug measures 42" x 64" that's a little over a metre by about one-and-a-half. The quantity of yarn is, in total, 12 four ounce balls of 4 ply (American) Since I'm mathmatically challenged I'll leave you to work that one out but I think it's a bit over one-and-a-quarter kilos. It sufficeth to say that it's a heck of a lot of yarn and must have taken forever to work. The cushion takes only one ball of each colour. I must say I'm considerably daunted by the enormity of the task but if I were to try my hand at it the cushion would probably be my limit.
I'd better be off now; sunshine and a whole lot of weeds waiting to be pulled from my garden beckon.
Hope a great weekend is coming your way. Bye for now until next time.


  1. Yes, there are so many clever craftspeople, aren't there. It's quite lovely. I've been frankly amazed at some of the creativity in crochet patterns. We've come a long way from Granny square vests, haven't we?

  2. Sure have. Granny squares are about my limit. I should get braver and try more adventurous things.

  3. It is lovley, a lot of work, but the end result is very pleasing and so very satisfying..
    Thankyou for coming across to my blog, the pattern you refered to is easy once you get the hang of it.. :)) I have made a few, and they look fabulous in different colours..
    Hope you didn't get to much rain.:))
    pat in tas :))

  4. We got buckets Pattas, though, fortunately no damage in our area and the states dams are 50% at last.

  5. wow that rug is beautiful, I would love that on my bed!

  6. So would I Donz but it's a wee bit more complicated than I like to tackle.