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Merry-Go-Round Rug (Free Crochet Pattern) + Video Tutorial

Hello fellow crafters,

Have you seen the Merry-Go-Round Blanket yet? I really loved all the pretty colors I got to use for that design, and crocheting a large project seamlessly in continuous rounds was super therapeutic and fun to do!

Since I loved the Merry-Go-Round crochet technique so much, I decided to make another project with this stitch!  Behold... the Merry-Go-Round Rug!

This is a square rug that measures 24" x 24", so it's not huge, but it also took only 160 yards of yarn and a couple of hours to make!

I used 5 skeins of Chunky Luxe Big Yarn by Loops & Threads, in the color 'Cream'.  Each skein is 32 yards.

Let me tell you -- this yarn is so fluffilicious and soft... it's dreamy to the touch!

This is a Jumbo Weight (7) yarn as well, which is muuuuuch bulkier than what I'm used to working with, especially amigurumi!  Thus, instead of using my regular 2.75mm crochet hook for dolls and stuffies, I used a whopping 15mm crochet hook!

Look at the size of that hook!!

And here's a 15-second clip of me tackling that jumbo yarn with my monster hook...

Anyhow, for this design, I used the Merry-Go-Round crochet technique, which is demonstrated in the video tutorial part of the pattern (scroll down to see, or click on the link above).

It's a repetitive pattern that you'll get a hang of after just a few rounds.  What I love about that is being able to set down the project and pick it back up later on without having to look back at the pattern instructions!  Since it doesn't require intense concentration or any sort of counting, it's perfect for multi-tasking as well.  For me, that would be listening to music, watching television or videos, and chatting!


Scroll down for the free, written crochet pattern, as well as the video tutorial!  If you'd like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!

Copyright Notice -- © 2019 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.

The Merry-Go-Round Rug is a lovely design that is quick to work up with jumbo weight (7) yarn and a large, 15mm crochet hook! It's the perfect extreme crochet home decor project to add a beautiful touch to your room! Like a Merry-Go-Round, this pattern’s rounds go around and around, worked in continuous spirals without joining. The repetitive pattern is both fun and therapeutic to crochet, and easy to get a hang of in just a few rounds. The size of the rug can easily be adjusted to be however large or small as you'd like, depending on how much yarn you use.

Note: If you get stuck, check out the Merry-Go-Round Crochet Technique Video Tutorial on the Sweet Softies Youtube Channel. 

Finished Measurement: 
  • Using the materials below, my rug came out to be a 24" x 24" square.
  • The size is easily adjustable by adding or decreasing rounds! You can make this rug as large as you want. More yarn = bigger rug!  

  • Beginner. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below).

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • MR: magic ring (a.k.a. magic circle, magic loop)
  • Ch: chain
  • Sc: single crochet




Below is the video tutorial for this pattern's crochet technique.


Notes (Read Before Beginning!)

  • This pattern is worked in a continuous spiral! The only time you will "join" a round is at a corner of your very last round. 
  • The ch-2 spaces in this pattern make the corners of the rug.

R1: In a magic ring (MR): Ch 1, (sc, ch 2) x 4. Pull the MR to tighten and close, but do not join.

R2: In the first ch-2 space: sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1. (In the next ch-2 space, sc, ch2, sc, ch 1) x 3. Do not join.

R3: In the first ch-2 space (ch-2 spaces are the corners): sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1. In the ch-1 space: sc, ch 1. (In the ch-2 corner space: sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1. In the ch-1 space: sc, ch 1.) x 3. Do not join.

R4: In the first ch-2 corner space: sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1. (Sc, ch 1) in each of the ch-1 spaces until you reach the next corner. In the next ch-2 corner space: sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1. Repeat around. 

R5 and onwards: Continue working this pattern in rounds until it reaches the desired size.

Once you are satisfied with the size of your rug, you will fasten off in one of the corners. To do so, insert just ONE sc when you reach your last corner (it can be any of the four corners), and cut the yarn.

Fasten off and weave in the ends. 

That's it, you're done! 

Congratulations on finishing your Merry-Go-Round Rug!

If you enjoyed this free project and would like to make a donation to support my work, please click here!  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go towards the yarn and supplies I use to keep creating new designs!

Also, if you'd like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with large photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!

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Love the Merry-Go-Round crochet technique?

Check out the free Merry-Go-Round Blanket Pattern!

Want to make the little Owl Bean pictured on my rug? 
Check out the free Owl Bean Pattern!

If you made this project and would like to share photos, I'd absolutely love to see!  Here are links for sharing your finished creation:

As always, you are more than welcome to SHARE this post with any fellow crocheters who'd like to try this pattern!  Thank you for reading, and I wish you all a wonderful day! 

Best wishes,