BOB – An Upcycled Mat


When I declared the mat finished and that I would need to name it to write a pattern, my teenage son said “Bob. Name it Bob.”

Because Matt is too obvious?

Sizes and Materials List …
Size: 17” x 24” (you can make it as large as you like. This pattern makes a bath size mat.

US N (9.00 mm)

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Creme Cotton [100% Cotton, 120 yds/70 g skein/ball]
Colors &
Approx. Yardage

Country Green, 4 balls
Approx 80 feet of 3/16″ cotton clothesline

Notions Yarn Needle
Duct Tape
Non-skid material (optional)
Gauge: Gauge is not important for this project
Skill Level - Easy
Notes …

Ball the clothesline to prevent having to stop and detangle. For those looking for a more unique up-cycling experience you might try some old telephone extension cord or Cat5 cable if it’s flexible enough.

Stitches Used Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Abbreviations Hook (hk)
Repeat (rep)
Stitch(es) (st / sts)
Instructions …
Base Chain Holding two strands of the cotton together, ch 35.
Row 1 Take up the clothesline and make a sc over the top of the clothesline in the second ch from the hk. Carry along the clothesline under your sts for the rest of the row. (34 sc)
Row 2 Ch 1, turn, carefully wrap the clothesline up to the next row as close to the end as possible and sc for the length of the row, carrying the clothesline along as you did in the previous row.
Rows 3+ Rep row 2 until the mat is 27” long, carefully straightening each row to keep it uniform. Do not fasten off.
Stitch closeup


Create the binding for the mat by performing the same stitch pattern around the circumference, placing scs evenly along the sides and making 3 sc in each corner. Fasten off.
Corner closeup

Finishing …

Weave in ends. I used duct tape to hold the clothesline ends down to the back of the mat but you may have an alternative fastening method. Apply a non-skid medium to the bottom if desired.

Pattern and photos © Alia Smith