Oval Rag Rug Free Crochet Pattern

Step-by-step simple oval crochet tutorial

If you know how to crochet a simple circle then you can use that information to make a great crochet rug. But sometimes you want to take your skills to the next level; you could do that by learning how to crochet a simple oval and applying that to rug making.

In this tutorial, we show you how to crochet an oval rug using fabric yarn (for a recycled "rag rug") and a size K crochet hook. The yarn used here is recycled fabric yarn from Darn Good Yarn. You can also make your own recycled...MORE fabric yarn. You could also make this rug with worsted weight yarn, using two strands held together throughout, worked with a J or K crochet hook.

These basic crochet oval instructions will teach you how to make any oval. You can use crochet thread or yarn of any weight, working with hooks of any size, to create a variety of different types of crochet ovals. Play with this to make a great range of different items.

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    How to Crochet an Oval: Starting Chain

    Rag Rug Foundation Chain
    Rag Rug Foundation Chain. Kathryn Vercillo

    The most important thing to know about crocheting an oval is that you are going to work in the round but you are going to start that by crocheting down one side of the foundation chain and around the other, back to the beginning. This means that the longer your crochet chain, the longer the starting center of your oval. You can choose starting chains of various sizes for this reason, making them smaller for  a smaller beginning oval or larger to get a bigger oval to start with. 

    Note that there...MORE will be a slight difference in the subsequent instructions when you change the size of your starting chain: You will be substituting the number of your starting chain and the number of stitches you would be working along the straight sections accordingly. The increases on the end curves would still be done the same way.

    This example shows a starting chain of 22 stitches. The additional instructions are based on that (so you'll see in step 1 you work 20 stitches in a row ... that's the part that will change in number if you have started with a shorter or longer chain.) Don't worry; you'll get the hang of it!

  • 02 of 11

    How to Crochet an Oval: Round 1

    Working Around Starting Chain
    Working Around Starting Chain. Kathryn Vercillo

    Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in back loop only of next 20 ch; 3 sc in last ch, turn sideways and continue along other side of the foundation ch, sc in remaining loop of ea of next 20 ch, 2 sc in first ch of this rnd, sl st to first sc. Turn.

  • 03 of 11

    How to Crochet an Oval: Round 2

    How to Crochet an Oval Rag Rug
    How to Crochet an Oval Rag Rug. Kathryn Vercillo

    Ch 1, sc in same place as sl st, 2 sc in ea of next 2 sc, sc in ea of next 20 sc, 2 sc in ea of next 3 sc, sc in ea of next 20 sc, join with a sl st to first ch. Turn.

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    How to Crochet an Oval: Round 3

    Crochet Oval Rug, Round 3
    Crochet Oval Rug, Round 3. Kathryn Vercillo

    Ch 1, 1 sc in same place as sl st, sc in ea of next 21 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times, sc in ea of next 20 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) twice, join with sl st to first ch. Turn.

    Continue to 5 of 11 below.
  • 05 of 11

    How to Crochet an Oval: Round 4

    Ch 1, 1 sc in same place as sl st, sc in ea of next 2 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) twice, sc in ea of next 20 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times, 1 sc in ea of next 20 sc, join with sl st to first ch. Turn.

  • 06 of 11

    How to Crochet an Oval: Round 5

    Oval Rug Free Crochet Pattern
    Oval Rug Free Crochet Pattern. Kathryn Vercillo

    Ch 1, 1 sc in same place as sl st, sc in ea of next 21 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) 3 times, sc in ea of next 21 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) twice, join with sl st to first ch. Turn.

  • 07 of 11

    How to Crochet an Oval: Round 6

    Ch 1, 1 sc in same place as sl st, sc in ea of next 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) twice, sc in ea of next 20 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) 3 times, 1 sc in ea of next 19 sc, join with sl st to first ch. Turn.

  • 08 of 11

    How to Crochet an Oval: Round 7

    Ch 1, 1 sc in same place as sl st, sc in ea of next 22 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) 3 times, sc in ea of next 21 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) twice, join with sl st to first ch. Turn.

    Continue to 9 of 11 below.
  • 09 of 11

    How to Crochet an Oval: Subsequent Rounds

    Continue in this manner, increasing 3 stitches around the curve on each round by placing one more stitch between each increase on each additional round (6 increases total per round). Keep adding rounds until you have the width and length you desire. 

    Here's a glance at the increases we have done so far so you can get a sense of the pattern, beginning with round 3:

    • 1 sc, 21 sc, (2+1)*3, 20 sc, (2+1)*2
    • 3 sc, (2+2)*2, 20 sc, (2+2)*3, 20 sc
    • 1 sc, 21 sc, (2+3)*3, 21 sc,...MORE (2+3)*2
    • 5 sc, (2+4)*2, 20 sc, ((2+4)*3, 19 sc
    • 1 sc, 22 sc, (2+5)*3, 21 sc, (2+5)*2

    So, you can see that the increases go up every time (2 sc, sc in next 2 then 2 sc, sc in next 3, etc.) from round to round.

    Odd numbered rounds begin with one sc followed by a group of them (beginning with 21 and increasing over the rows). Odd numbered rounds end with an increase.

    Even numbered rounds begin with a small number of sc stitches (3 then 5 and increasing so on). They end with the long group (beginning with 20 stitches, the length of the chain.)

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    How to Crochet an Oval: Bonus Tip (Varying Location of Increase)

    Your increases don't have to be all in the same area; the important thing is to end up with 3 increases around each curve. You will actually end up with a more nicely rounded curve on the oval when varying the places where you do increases on the curve as opposed to all the increases being lined up in the same area.

    For example, if you are on a round where you would be putting 7 stitches in between each increase, you can vary the stitches in between the increases so that your increases...MORE won't be all lined up in the same place, like so: instead of 7 sc between increases on that round, do 5, 11, 5. In other words (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc). Or instead of 7 sc between increases on that round, do 6, 9, 6. In other words (sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc). You can vary it any way you want. (Whatever number you subtract from the first or third number, add that to the center number.)

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    How to Make Your Crochet Oval a Basket or Bag

    If you want to turn your oval into the base of a bag or basket, all that you need to do is stop increasing. Simply crochet one sc into each stitch around, join with a slip stitch and repeat on the next round, over and over until you have the height that you want.