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#6 Amish Knot Rugs & Amish on Canvas
The "Amish Knot" or "Navajo Knot" is a basic rug making technique which is closely related to the Flat Wrap. The common names for this technique are something of a mystery since there doesn't seem to be any particular connection to either group. It is possible that the term "Amish Knot" resulted from a garbling of "Armenian" since the technique has common elements with Armenian lace. The Amish Knot can be made as a freestanding unit with radial construction, or applied on canvas for a very different looking rug.
Amish on Canvas
HALF-MOON SHAPE PATTERN SOURCES
Hello. I have recently discovered the joy of "Toothbrush" rag rug making. I am having lots of difficulty locating a half-moon rag rug. Your website is fabulous with every type of rug imaginable! I would love to know if you have anyone who has a pattern for toothbrush rug making. I have one to crochet with fabric, but I love the weaving. Also, I tend to get a wavy rug or bubbly look to it. What am I doing wrong, or is there something I can do to correct it? (I have only made two rugs so far, but I won't give up. It is a lot of fun.) Thank you for any help you can give me. Bee
Hi Bee,I'm assuming that you're speaking of the Amish Knot rug (it is made with a blanket stitch) which is sometimes called a toothbrush rug. There are several people who work just with this type of rug, and who have written patterns--though I can't say off hand if they have a half-moon, you'd have to contact them. On our links page are several of them.
The wavy look is caused by too much increasing-- the problem where the center puffs out means you aren't increasing enough in the outer rounds. A good set of instructions will help you with figuring your stitches so the rug will lay flat.
I'm glad you're keeping at it, rug making is great fun! Diana
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