A-Z of miniatures crafts: C for crochet


Learn how to make a miniature crochet rug for your dolls house in 1/12th scale with this step by step tutorial by Lydia Murphy.

There's a wealth of options when it comes to the miniature crochet delights you can create! Today, we’re bringing you a free tutorial for a miniature crochet rug to add warmth to your dolls house or miniature scene. 

This is a fairly easy design for your 1/12th scale dolls house and will work in any room simply by changing the colours. Use it beside a bed, in front of the fireplace, the kitchen sink or doorway – endless possibilities! 

How to choose colours for your miniature rug

Variegated pearl cotton adds nice colour changes but a solid colour would be pretty as well – colour changing sock yarns would also add an interesting and sometimes surprising pattern without ever needing to change your yarn. Sock yarn will also yield a slightly larger sized rug when following the same instructions – about 3-1/5inx 2-1/5in (90mm x 65mm). 

Lydia takes us through the basic steps to create this mini crochet project.

How to make a miniature crochet rug 

By Lydia Murphy.

Abbreviations 

Dc (U.K.) = Sc (U.S) 

Sts = stitches 

Ch = chain

You will need

  • About 15 metres of variegated sock yarn or any #8 pearl cotton
  • 1.75mm hook

Finished size is approximately 3” x 2” (75mm x 50mm).

Method

Round 1: Ch 13... 3dc in 2nd chain from hook, dc in next 10 chains, 3dc in last chain... working on opposite side, dc in the bottom loop of the next 10 chains, working over the thread tail for each dc to add extra firmness to the last half of this round – place a marker here to mark the end of the round and place it at the end of each completed round.

Crocheting a miniature rug working one side

After working one side you can see the bottom loops of the chain. This is where you will work the last 10dc, working through the loop and the thread tail for each dc.

Round 2: (2dc in next 3dc, dc in next 10 sts) twice (32).

Starting round 3 of miniature crochet rug

Completed and the start of round 3. Increases are always spaced evenly at each end of your rug. The thread used as a marker at the end of each round can be seen at the bottom of the photo.

Round 3: (Dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 3 times, dc in next 10 sts, (dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 3 times, dc in last 10 sts – (38).

Round 4: (Dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st) 3 times, dc in next 10 sts, (dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st) 3 times, dc in last 10 sts – (44).

Round 5: Dc in each sc around (44).

Round 6: (Dc in next 2 dc, 2dc in next) 4 times, dc in next 10, (dc in next 2 dc, 2dc in next) 4 times), dc in next 10 – (52).

Round 7: (Dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next) 4 times, dc in next 10 dc, (dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next) 4 times, dc in next 10 dc – (60).

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Round 8: Dc in each st around – (60).

Round 9: (Dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next) 5 times, dc in next 10 dc, (dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next) 5 times, dc in next 10 dc – (70).

Round 10: Dc around – after you reach the marker showing the end of this round, dc in the next 12 dc – this will complete round 10 and be in position to start round 11.

Crocheting a miniature rug

After working round 10, continue working a dc in the next 12 stitches. This will be the starting point of round 11 to be worked in the back loops.

Round 11: Dc in the back loop of the next dc and in the back loop of every dc around. End with a slip stitch into the first dc. Cut thread leaving about a 15cm length. Draw thread through ch on hook, pull gently to close and sew thread tail into back of work to secure and conceal.

Working in the backloop of each dc

Round 11 is worked from this point on in the BACK loop of each dc around, ending with a slip stitch in the first dc.

To finish your oval rug, place between two pieces of paper towel or clean cotton pressing cloth and press down – use a burst of steam if your iron has that feature – if not gently mist the piece with water and press. To ensure your rug stays flat you could place it under a heavy book and leave for a few hours.

Finished miniature crochet rug


Take a look at this inspiring interview with Dianne Fisher who creates the most adorable crocheted miniatures, or explore the rest of our A-Z series:

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