It has been more than a week since I officially moved into my new home… YAY…. finally!!! I knitted this simple garter stitch floor mat/rug with braided cotton clothesline rope some times ago in preparation for the new house, I am glad that I can put it on the floor of my entrance at last. The floor mat gave the room an instant warmth and coziness (see the photo below), I love it!!!
The rope is exactly the same as the one I used to crochet the Giant Doily Rug, but you can substitute it with other similar material like super chunky yarn or T-shirt yarn (Tarn) as long as they are knit-able and crochet-able. Find a suitable needle to knit the project. The size of the floor mat will change according to your tension and yarn or rope diameter, so, take these attributes into account for the variation.
After you have completed the project, block it by wetting the mat, adjust the knit so that the shape resembles it rectangle-ness, let it dry on the floor with a dry towel at the bottom. This rope mat is heavy when wash, so be prepared for this too.
You can always change the number of stitches and rows to adapt to your intended mat size.
Floor Mat Knitting Pattern
Floor Mat Dimension
40″ x 29″
Tools & Materials
1. Ace 03871 “ace” Eclipse Solid Braid Cotton Clothesline 7/32″ X 200′, or equivalent, qty= 5 hanks or 1000′
2. Knitting needle: 12mm
3. Sewing thread and needles (for joining ropes)
K – Knit
st(s) – stitch(es)
Long-tail cast on 40 sts. or as many stitches, your needle can hold.
Knit on both right and wrong side to make garter stitch pattern until row 105, or until your rope is about 2-3 rows away from the finishing end.
Bind off with Basic Knit Bind-Off. Hide yarn end.
Block it by wetting the mat, adjust the knit so that the shape resembles it rectangle-ness, let it dry on the floor with a dry towel at the bottom.
Click here on how to join clothesline rope. (Scroll down the page to find it)
Watch the video on how to do Long Tail Cast-on.
Types of cast-on stitches in knitting.
Watch the video on how to do Basic Knit Bind-off.
When I need to pause in between the project, I will stop at the middle of a row so the needles are ease-up with the overcrowded stitches. Fold the project and bring both needles together, tie them with a rubber band to prevent the stitches from coming off.
For rope organization and storage during work-in-progress, I turned a stool upside down and used 2 legs to hold my rope and slot the mat in between the pair of stool legs.
A closer look at the giant knit I did. The project is quite heavy, so, it is a good idea to sit on the floor while knitting it.