I love string lights. They add a nice ambience to your living room or a festive atmosphere to your patio. They're just so versatile. But awhile back, an artist from Finland took some string lights and incorporated them into a rug so they could enjoy these beautiful lights on yet another surface. Is it a lamp? Is it a rug? It's both and you can use it in so many ways.
Drawing inspiration from this light carpet, Carmen from Crafty Queens set out to create her own version. After picking up some quality yarn, she made sure to get some LED lights. Now it's crucial to get LEDS because they're energy saving and, most importantly, they don't heat up. That means there's no fire hazard when you wrap them in yarn. Once she had her supplies, she got to work.
Once you see what she created, you'll understand why people are going ga-ga over these DIY rugs.
Carmen writes on her blog:
"I’m not a total crochet noob, but I had some difficulty figuring this out. Soon enough though, I got it right! I’m sharing this tutorial with all of you, to spare you some trial-and-error of your own."
“I understood that I would have to crochet in the round a few times, until it would fit the inside of the lights.. um.. cord? Anyway, because the cord is very stiff, it would not curl up small enough to work it into the crocheting from the beginning. I crocheted 8 SC in a magic circle, and then 2 SC in every SC, before I could start working with the cord.
The lights cord I used was 6 meters long.”
“It’s kind of tricky, but you’ll get the hang of it. For the first few rounds, keep crocheting with *1sc, 2sc*. Crochet very loosely! After the 3rd round, I noticed that if you just crochet loose enough, you don’t have to increase that much. When you do need to, just chain 1 in between stitches. ( I did this every 6 stitches) I found that doing 2SC covers the lights too much. It would still shine through, but I thought it was nicer to leave larger gaps. If you need to increase in the last round, however, use 2SC instead of chains, as it makes for a nicer edge.
When you’ve come to the end of the cord, crochet some SC without the cord in it, like in this picture.”
“Then, crochet 2 slip stitches (1 per stitch), to make a nice circle.”
“Weave in the ends. You’ll need an extra large needle for this. If you don’t have one, maybe a crochet hook will do the trick too.”
Wow! Just look at how pretty it is when it's all lit up.
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They'll brighten up your house and light up your feet.
Plus with all kinds of fun colors for LED string lights, you can really up your color game.
And most importantly, if your house is anything like mine, Fido has to like it.
I'm definitely making one of these. Are you? SHARE this fun DIY project with all your crafty friends.
H/T: Little Things | Crafty Queens