Sunday, 14 October 2012

A Fabulous Hoooked Zpagetti Rug Pattern

This is a fabulous rug to make with the gorgeous Zpagetti yarn from Hoooked.  It crochets up amazingly quickly - I made mine in a lunch break - and can be placed at the side of a bed or cot or used as a bath mat.

It measures approximately 21 inches or 54 cm across, and can be made bigger although you will find that you will then need more than one roll of yarn.

Go to for the yarn or try here on Etsy

Because the yarn is made from recycled t-shirts you will find that sometimes you can only purchase one ball of a certain colour.


1 Big Roll of 850g, 120m of Hoooked Zpagetti Yarn
1 Size 10 crochet hook
A bit of strength needed, this is big crocheting ;)


UK Terms used Treble (tr) is the same as a USA Double Crochet (dc)
UK Double Crochet (dc) is the same as a USA Single Crochet (sc)

Start: Chain (ch) 6 and join with a slip stitch (sl st)

Round 1: ch2 (this will count as your first treble – some people like to chain 3 for a first treble – not to worry, do what you feel comfortable with ☺ ), then 10 more (tr) – making 11 tr in total including the first one made from ch2. Join with a sl st.

It will scrunch up at the start but don’t panic, all will be well.

Round 2: ch4 (this will count as a tr with a 2 chain) then *1tr, 2ch* all the way around and join to the 2nd ch of the ch4 that you started with. You should be left with 11 holes or spaces.

Round 3: 2 ch and 2 tr into the gap, *2ch, 3tr into the next gap* continue around and close with a sl st to the 2nd of the 2ch at the start.

Round 4: Same as round 3.

Round 5: 2ch, 2 tr in the same stitch, 1 tr, *2ch, 1tr, 2tr in the same stitch, 1tr* continue around and finish with a sl st into the 2nd ch.

Note: I like to do my increases in the middle of a group, but if you prefer you can do yours into the last stitch of each group to make life simpler ☺

Round 6. 2ch, 2tr in the same stitch, 2tr *2ch, 1tr, 2tr in the same stitch, 2tr*, continue around and finish with a sl st in the 2nd chain.

Round 7: 2ch, 1tr, 2tr in the same stitch, 2tr, *2ch, 2tr, 2 tr in the same stitch, 2tr, continue around and finish with a sl st into the 2nd chain.

Round 8: 2 ch, 1 tr, 2tr in the same stitch, 3 tr, *2ch, 2tr, 2tr in the same stitch, 3tr* continue around and finish with a sl st into the 2nd chain.

This finishes the increasing in order to make the rug with 1 roll of Zpagetti. You may continue with more rounds (increasing by 1tr in each section of trebles) if you want to make a bigger rug and have
more Zpagetti yarn.

Round 9: ch7, sc (single crochet) into the 7th tr of the previous round, 2sc into the 2 ch gap, *1sc into the first tr, ch7, sc into the 7th tr, 2 sc into the 2ch gap* continue around finishing with the 2sc.

Round 10: 10tr into the 7 chain loop below, then 2sc into the middle 2 of the 4 sc below. Continue around finishing on 2sc, cut the yarn by a generous amount and weave and tie the end to the back of your rug.


NOTE: If you have made more rows then in Row 9, instead of ch7, make your chain as long as the amount of trebles you have in each section, and then in Row 10 make as many trebles as is needed to give a nice and compact look.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:  Wash and leave to dry without using the tumble dryer, as I am not at all sure if the rug would take too kindly to the heat.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Oh my giddy heart

At the end of June I am sorry to say I suffered a heart attack, and then two weeks later a second one!
I spent weeks in hospital wired up and watching my blood pressure on a screen beeping away. I had an angiogram after the first one and was asked whether I wanted the good news or the good news, a slight furring of a tube due to high cholesterol, a huge amount of medication given to take for a year and sent merrily home.
Two weeks later I had the second one, once again I had another angiogram, which is a strange experience, half a brazilian done and wheeled down to the theatre. There you lay on a metal bed beside a bank of tv's, a little scratch in the groin area and then they feed in the wire to make its journey up to your heart. Once it's there you can feel it moving around, it feels similar to a piece of thread being pulled, they pump in the dye and you can watch the procedure on the tv screens, when they have finished they flush out the dye which makes your heart feel quite warm and you also get a warm feeling as if you have peed yourself.
It is no way near as bad as going to the dentist which I so hate with a vengeance :)
The result of the second one showed that I had a valve that was spasming so then I had to go to another hospital for my third angiogram and for two stents to be fitted side by side in the same valve.
I am now fully recovered and have been back at work for the last two weeks. Initially I suffered a little from the fear of it all happening again, but that has now faded and I feel much more confident that all is well.
As for the heart attacks both times I felt clammy, could not settle, then my left arm felt heavy, my jaw and neck ached and I did feel a slight tightness around the chest, all this in a matter of minutes, so at least I know what to look out for. But once the ambulance guys had been and sprayed something under my tongue, and gave me gas and air, within minutes I felt that I could have got out of the ambulance and gone back in the house :)
The outcome is that I take lots of meds for just one year, after which I will only need to keep up with the aspirin.
Just a timely reminder of how precious my life, my husband, my daughter, my family and friends are.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My New T-Shirt Designs

Here are two T-Shirts which I made today, a literary quote from the wonderfully dark Wuthering Heights and a patriotic one. One was made by hand-writing straight onto the t-shirt and the other as a transfer.

I quite enjoyed trying something new and am quite pleased with the results :)

Monday, 23 July 2012

Sunday, 22 July 2012

My Zpaggeti Rug

After my last post I eventually realised I had forgotten to post an image of my lovely bathroom rug created using the fabulous Zpagetti yarn.

It is a pleasure to use and has a wonderfully solid but soft texture. Done in a gorgeous mustard colour.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

My lovely Zpagetti t-shirt yarn rugs

I recently discovered the fabulous t-shirt yarn called zpagetti from hoooked which I purchased from etsy.  It is a fabulously chunky recycled yarn where I get to use my ginormously big crochet hook. One batch of this was just enough to make a small rug.

Welcome to Dandelion Days

A new start and a new beginning. I love to be inspired and have many projects on the go. I can be inspired by the many beautiful things that people make and just have to try it out for myself. Nothing is nicer than parcelling up a gift for someone you love when you know that you have carefully made it yourself with love and consideration for the person it is intended for.