FO Friday: the Criss-Cross bath mat

Warning: If you are my sister, stop reading this NOW!  I mean it!! 🙂

This project was previously referred to as The Bath Mat From Hell.  After I made my mother a cotton bath mat – way back in 2008, my sister requested one just like it.  She wanted hers in burgundy and black to coordinate with the bathroom she had at the time.  Well, I tried to make it.  Despite thinking I had the whole clock-wise vs counter-clockwise loopy thing figured out on the bath mat, I really struggled to make this one work.  I wasn’t sure if it was the difference in the yarns, but I just couldn’t make the loops stay.

Fast forward five years … my sister is now remarried and living in a different location but thankfully she still wanted the same colors I had purchased.  Then, this summer I learned that my mother’s bath mat didn’t stay as nice as when I presented it.  Half of the loops on hers pulled to the back side of the mat, despite all my efforts to make them “stick” on the topside.  *sigh*  I decided then and there if I was ever going to get this project finished I really needed to find a different pattern.

That was a struggle in itself.  I found one bath mat pattern that used two strands of yarn at a time but I thought it was going to turn out too thick to dry properly.  I tried using some stitch patterns I found but wasn’t really liking the result.  I resorted to looking through my stash of magazines and books to find something.  I ran across the Pinebark Scarf pattern from Interweave Crochet, Winter 2013.  It had this great criss-cross array of stitches that looked like it would help add some bulk but there was plenty of open space to help the mat dry.  I didn’t really follow the pattern exactly because truthfully I kept getting lost in the directions.  It gave me the general idea I needed though.

Criss-Cross Bath Mat full view

It could use some blocking before I gift it.  And a washing … cotton yarn seems to be a magnet for dog hair!  You can see the criss-crossed stitches clearly up close.

Bath Mat view through stitches

I’m really pleased how it turned out – the pictures don’t do it justice.  Here’s another view of the stitches with the border.

Criss-Cross Bath Mat edging

Because I was using two strands of yarn plus the criss-crossed stitches, it gave it some depth that should be nice and absorbent.  The edging was just a simple single-crochet / half-double crochet combination.

I had a helper this day that felt she needed to be in the pictures!

Bath Mat with a helper

(complete with a chocolate-face!)
Pattern: Criss-Cross Bath mat
Designer: my own design, based very loosely on a stitch pattern I found
Yarn: I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby
Colorways: Aubergine and Black
My Ravelry project page
Modeled by: Little Chick


3 Replies to “FO Friday: the Criss-Cross bath mat”

  1. Do you really expect your sister to OBEY you?

    1. no, I don’t suppose she will … but then it will be her own fault for not listening to me 🙂

  2. My sister never listen to me.

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