Finger Knitting Hula Hoop Rug DIY
Cut the t-shirt into 10 strips, approximately 1 1/4″ wide across the body of the t-shirt, under the arms.
Pull the strips across the hula-hoop in a spoke pattern, going progressively in between the spokes you’ve already added.
After adding the 10 strips stretched across the hula-hoop into 20 spokes, you’re ready to start.
You need to create an odd number of spokes to make the weaving pattern (over/under) work. Do this by pushing two of the spokes together. Even out the spacing on rest of the spokes across the hula hoop.
If you have an extra large ball of finger-knitting, you’ll have to squeeze the ball in between the spokes and re-space them afterwards. Every time you get back to the double spoke, check to make sure you haven’t missed any, you should be doing the opposite (over or under) of what you did on the last round.
They quickly got a hang of pulling the ball over and under the warp spokes and noticed quickly if something got off.
We found it easiest to do a bunch of weaving (over/under) in a row, as below, and then to pull the finger-knitting taut (not too tight!), such that it fits snugly against the circle.
I think the ball of finger-knitting was made for this hula-hoop, because it fit just perfectly. We wove until the ball was gone! Generally, you want to stop about 4 inches before the edge of the hula hoop.
You want the ties to be fairly tight because if the rug starts to loosen, it will start to curl into a bowl.
Continue to cut and tie each spoke as you go around.
When you get to the double spoke, cut it, and then . . .
. . .take one of the pieces of the double spoke and re-weave it over and under some of the finger knitting strands next to it, and then tie.
Voila! Finis. It’s slightly counter-intuitive, but if the rug is curling. Push the weft (finger-knitting) in towards the center of the rug and re-tighten the ties. This way the circumference of the circle is smaller and the strips of finger knitting won’t be pulling as much. You can leave the rug with the ties loose as below. I think this makes a striking center piece.
Or, to hide the ties, as in the first photo in this post, I chose the “right” side of the rug, by choosing the side I thought looked the nicest. I flipped the rug to the “wrong” side, and wove each piece of the tie into the back of the rug.
The back of the finger knitting hula hoop rug looks like this with the ties woven in:
The front of the rug looked like this: