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Isla Rug

This rug is created using a 3-weight yarn that is tripled to make it cushy and quick to crochet. You’ll love how effortlessly this design fits into your home.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: approx. 20” x 64” rug

Gauge: 12 sts and 10 rows =4” [10 cm]


Light weight yarnYarn: Lion brand Mandala (100% Acrylic; 590 yards [539 meters]/150 grams): 201 Pegasus (8 cakes)

Hook: US size K-10.5 (6.5 mm).

Notions: Tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Extended hdc: Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up a lp, pull through the first lp on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

Foundation half double crochet (Fhdc): *Ch 3, yo, insert hook into first ch, yo, pull up a lp (3 lps on hook), yo, pull through first lp on hook to create the first ch st (optional: pinch this stitch between the thumb and forefinger of your non-hook hand to hold it open and make it easier to work into; it is the space below the first and 2nd lps on the hook), yo, pull through all 3 lps on the hook to complete the first foundation hdc st, yo, insert hook into the ch st you were pinching to begin the second foundation hdc; rep from * to complete 202 hdc.


Begin by making the yarn into an S-shape.

Pinch the center of the S to pick up 3 strands of yarn.

Make a slipknot onto your crochet hook, wrapping all 3 strands together.

Placing your fingers through the lp of yarn, pick up the single strand of yarn coming from the cake and pull it through the lp.

Pull a length of yarn off of the cake to make a long lp.

Then, pull the 3 strands of yarn together so that the single strand winds off of the cake to join the new long lp.

You can begin to crochet using all 3 strands.

Continue this chaining method when you reach the end of a lp; pull the single strand through the end of the lp to make a new long lp, and allow the single strand to pull off of the cake as you crochet along.

Row 1: Fhdc 202. Alternatively, ch 204, hdc into 3rd ch from hook until end.

Row 2: Turn, create a standing dc (or ch 3) to begin the next row, *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st; rep from * to end of row.

Row 3: Turn, create a standing dc (or ch 3), dc in first st, dc in ch-1 sp, *dc in next st, dc in ch-1 sp; rep from * to end of row, placing the final dc in the top of the standing dc (or ch 3).

Rows 4-46: Turn, create a standing dc (or ch 3), fpdc around the first st of the row below, fpdc around the next st, bpdc around the next st, *(fpdc around next st) twice, bpdc around next st; rep from * to end of row, ending with the final dc in the top of the standing dc (or ch 3).

Row 47: Rep Row 2.

Row 48: Turn, create a standing hdc (or ch 2), *extended hdc in next st, extended hdc in ch-1 sp; rep from * to end of row, ending with final extended hdc in the top of the standing dc (or ch 3).

Fasten off.


Weave in ends. Enjoy your cushy rug!

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  • Anne-marie B.

    I’ve been looking for the perfect thing for Mandalla that is not too complicated. Yay! Thankyou.

  • DoubleOO

    Absolutely, you can use a chunky or super chunky yarn instead. It will provide the cushiness that it strives to achieve.

  • Cynthia M.

    Could 1 strand of chunky yarn be used instead of 3 strands of light weight?

  • Gloryvee M.

    Isla Rug…i was wondering is there a video on how to do the three yarn method described above?


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