This oval crocheted rag rug is an experiment dear readers, not something particularly lovely that I'm proud to share with you, but rather a little test done with some sheets from the bottom of the stash that I couldn't see myself using for anything. So a little chunky bathmat was born and I've got some new information to share with you!
While for the crocheted rag rug that's in progress here, I'm using a 10mm hook, which produces a tight rug that's not too thick. But I got to thinking, what if I try using a larger hook? Of course I own a few giant sizes as the idea of giant crocheting is very appealing! So, with two sheets that I'm glad to have finally mostly used up, and a size Q/15 3/4 mm crochet hook, I set out to make a little oval bath mat.
The thing that I discovered is that with the larger hook you get a thicker fabric, which might be desirable for say a stool cover or a bath mat or a floor pillow, but do think twice before using very thick rugs on your floor, as they are a serious tripping hazard, especially for older people. Now of course, the thickness of the rug also depends on the width of the rags you either cut or tear, but if the strips are too thin for the hook size the resulting fabric with be floppy and full of holes. Also with the large crochet hook it can be a bit difficult to go through the two loops in each stitch, so for this rug I just went through the back loop, which is why it has a ridge on every row, which you may or may not find interesting.
Sooooo......in conclusion, while I'm usually the type to just dive into any project, I'd say that with crocheting with sheets I'd try a few widths of sheet yarn versus hook size to get the desired effect for your project before spending hours crocheting something that might not be quite right, or just is to darn difficult due to the fabric being too thick! The desirable width varies depending on what kind of sheets you're using— not to make things more complicated but gotta take all these things into consideration or you may end up trying to crochet something that you'll end up tearing out. And that dear readers is something we do want to avoid, because crocheting with rags is just so much fun I'd never want you to get discouraged on account of poor planning. Gotta run, more crocheted rag projects in the works!