It’s not every day you see a literal piece of artwork translated into a popular craft project. Interdisciplinary designer Johanna Hyrkäs created her “Light Carpet” design over a decade ago, but it wasn’t until a young student named Carmen Jorissen discovered the unusual piece on Pinterest that it went from “frequently shared image” to “doable craft project.” The best part about this project is that it’s actually simple enough that a total beginner can make their way through it, while more advanced crocheters can add their own flourishes and variations.
The concept is straightforward: add an LED light rope to a spiral-crocheted rug. When working out her own version that has inspired so many others to take this on, Carmen decided to keep things basic. Using only a magic ring, single chains, and single crochets, it’s about as easy as a circular crochet project gets. She decided on these simple loops to allow the rope light to be more visible. We think it was a pretty good idea!
This is the original image that launched a thousand crochet projects!
To get started, you’ll need your preferred yarn. Carmen went with a natural-looking white textile yarn and ended up using only one skein!
You’ll need to make a large magic circle to fill the space inside the initial LED coil. Carmen used eight single crochets to make hers.
According to Carmen, the trick is to crochet very loosely, which helps show off the lighting effect, and also ensures that the rug will easily lay flat.
Carmen’s pattern results in a beautiful, simple design.
Others, like Bauta Witch, got a little fancier in their endeavors.
This classic lace pattern really puts a formal spin on the concept, and the wider spread of the lights results in a pretty magical rug!
Etsy craft shop Zelda’s Delights offers made-to-order versions with embellishments like woven ribbon.
Their specialty is this Christmas-themed model, which has an expandable center hole that allows it to be used as a tree skirt! That’s a brilliant idea that shows just how out-of-the-box people have gotten with these novel floor coverings.
We love the showpiece quality of the extra bright lights on this one. Talk about an eye-catcher.
The clothesline rope she used is also a neat touch.
But we also love the subtle look on this one. It’s a pretty cool concept that would make a great alternative to a nightlight!
P.S. This one is solar-powered, to boot.
It doesn’t even need to be a rug!
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