How to Knit a Half Round or Round Rug

Updated April 17, 2017

Few home decor items can equal the handmade comfort of a knitted rug. For DIY crafters, this comfort is accentuated by the pride of making something yourself to decorate your home. Instead of a traditional square rug, however, why not make a rug in a circular or semicircular shape? These rugs are an excellent project for practicing short-row knitting techniques. Knitted out of chunky yarn in garter stitch, they work up quickly. Knit several in different colours, for interchangeable decor options.

Cast on 20 stitches.

Row 1 and all odd numbered rows: knit all stitches across.

Row 2: knit 19 stitches. Do not knit the last stitch. Turn your work and begin knitting the next row, leaving the last stitch unworked.

Row 4: knit 18 stitches, turn. Leave last 2 stitches unworked.

Row 6: knit 17 stitches, turn. Leave last 3 stitches unworked.

Row 8: knit 16 stitches, turn. Leave last 4 stitches unworked.

Row 10: knit 15 stitches, turn. Leave last 5 stitches unworked.

Row 12: knit 14 stitches, turn. Leave last 6 stitches unworked.

Row 14: knit 13 stitches, turn. Leave last 7 stitches unworked.

Row 16: knit 12 stitches, turn. Leave last 8 stitches unworked.

Row 18: knit 11 stitches, turn. Leave last 9 stitches unworked.

Row 20: knit 10 stitches, turn. Leave last 10 stitches unworked.

Row 22: bind off all stitches to finish wedge shape.

Knit 5 total wedges for the half round rug, and 10 total wedges for the round rug.

Seam all wedges together along the long edges, matching the centre points of the wedges, to create either the semicircle or full circle shape.


For a nicely finished or decorative edge, consider picking up stitches and crocheting an edging, such as a picot edge, along the outside of the rug. To create a whimsical pinwheel look, knit wedges out of various colours.


Use a nonskid pad under your rug to prevent slippage and potential injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton worsted weight yarn
  • Straight knitting needles, U.S. 15
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
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Kelli Nottingham has been a freelance writer for more than five years, with published works on topics ranging from international travel to home decor DIY projects. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Colorado, Nottingham holds degrees in anthropology of religion, with a focus on religious ritual. She is also a recognized professional speaker with national experience.