Water Lilly Carpet by Magic Carpet Studio
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Water Lilly Carpet

December 2016
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
10.0 mm (N/P)
984 - 1017 yards (900 - 930 m)
110 cm in diameter
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I made the ‘Water Lilly’ carpet to share its pattern with my blog readers as part of a crochet-along countdown from December 1st until the Christmas Eve. If you’re curious, you can check it out here – it’s in Polish:

Part 1: http://magiccarpetstudio.blogspot.com/2016/12/kalendarz-a...
Part 2: http://magiccarpetstudio.blogspot.com/2016/12/kalendarz-a...
Part 3: http://magiccarpetstudio.blogspot.com/2016/12/kalendarz-a...

I have been inspired by beautiful works by user “amichen99” I found on the Chinese site weibo.com. Since I was unable to find the pattern, I decided to make my own version.

This carpet measures roughly 110 cm in diameter if you use a 5 mm thick cotton string. If you use a string of smaller thickness, the dimensions will decrease, but I can’t predict by how much.

To make this carpet you will need:

  • about 500 meters of undyed cotton string, 5 mm thick – it’s better to order a bit more string, just to be on the safe side,
  • about 100 meters of olive cotton string, 5 mm thick
  • about 300 meters of light-green cotton string, 5 mm thick
  • a crochet hook 9 or 10 mm thick – in the US: size N/P,
  • about 10 hours of your time :)

Of course you can use any colors you like. No matter what string you use, remember one important thing: the crochet hook needs to be twice as thick as the string! Otherwise the carpet will come out crooked. For example, if your string is 3 mm thick, the crochet hook should be 6 mm thick (in the US: size J).

I use the same kind of string they put in sweatshirts to tighten the hood. It can be washed in an ordinary washing machine. I order my string from a factory in Poland:
but I have no idea if they are willing to ship small quantities of string overseas.

The whole pattern takes 33 rounds but it’s very versatile - you can make a cushion or a handbag with e.g. 21 rounds.