I am so excited to be able to offer yarns that are not only from the USA, but also from New York State. CYS is proud to offer 3 yarns. They all have at least 40% of their fiber sourced in NYS (if not ALL) and are processed in NYS. Today I want to talk about Alpaca Bumps. Located in Jordan, NY, A+ Alpaca Fiber Mill is located at the Riverside Alpacas farm. I met Chris and her Mom on a recent visit to see my Mom.
These bumps are 100% alpaca fiber with a cotton core. Some are left in their natural colors and others are dyed variegations – great for weaving, knitting & crocheting those BIG stitch rugs. Chris says she has rugs all through her house. To clean them, she soaks them in the bathtub then “rolls” out the excess water and dries them on the line. Next time she may just hose them down!
Here is how I crocheted the rug. As you know I am not a great crocheter. I played a bit with the increases. The big yarn and hook are very forgiving, but you may need to add, subtract or rearrange your increase rounds. A more traditional way of crocheting a flat disc would be to make 2 SC in the next st then 1 SC in the next and repeating this combination for the round; adding one st between each increase every rd. I just “winged” it as the important aspect is to check periodically to make sure the rug lays flat. It’s definitely a quick and easy project and so soft and squishy for your bare feet!
Alpaca Bump Crocheted Rug
Using a U crochet hook Magic Crochet Ring (or sliding loop) 6 sts or chain 6 and join into ring
Rd 1. 2 SC in each st – 12 sts ( make 12 sts into the ring if that is the way you started) then mark the first st of the next rd with a removeable marker;
Rd 2. *2 SC in , 1 sc in next st; repeat from * around
Rd 3. * 2 SC in next 2 sts, 1 SC in next st; repeat from * around
Rd 6, 7, 8 & 9: 1 SC in each st
Rd 10: *2 SC in st, 1 in next 2 sts; repeat from * around
Rd 11: 1 SC in each SC