CAL Check-in: Clean Sweep Rug
Clean Sweep Rug crochet pattern: A top-down view of a rectangular multicolored striped rug in blue and green tones, with fringe on the ends. Layered on top of it to the right is a round multicolored rug in red/purple tones. A pair of yellow retro running shoes is sitting on top of the round rug.

Hi Crochet-Alongers! How are you progressing on your Clean Sweep Rug, our current WeCrochet CAL? If you’d like to join (or just get caught up on all the CAL details), go here to find the Clean Sweep Crochet Along information.

By now, you should have already chosen your yarn, selected a color palette, and gotten started on your rug! Let’s check in on our team to see how they are doing.

Heather’s Clean Sweep Rug

Heather Mann headshot: Marketing Coordinator

Heather (that’s me!) is the Marketing person on our team, and responsible for things like working with crochet influencers, posting on social media, and hosting the WeCrochet Podcast! I’m an advanced crocheter who loves to work with lots of colors in every crochet project, so the Clean Sweep Rug is a perfect CAL project for me to have fun mixing and matching colors.

I’ve also been keeping tabs on our community members who are participating in this CAL in its Ravelry thread.

Heather's Clean Sweep Rug yarn: Brava Mini pack and a ball of Chroma Twist Worsted in Wednesday

I had a package of Brava Minis in my stash (the Red edition, which is scheduled to be back in stock at at the end of May!), and paired it with another worsted weight yarn from my stash: Chroma Twist Worsted in Wednesday (a gray-black).

Getting started with the Clean Sweep Rug

There was a question in the Ravelry thread about the Row numbering in the pattern.

My advice:

Follow the pattern as written and ignore the names of the rows bc they’re wrong.

Tips for beginners:

  • Do the first 3 rows in the MC so you can establish the pattern. It’s pretty fussy if you switch colors during those establishing rows.
  • Make sure your slip stitches are not too tight or you’ll be annoyed the whole time when trying to get your hook back into the sl st on the next row.
  • The rectangular version MIGHT be less awkward than the round version but I haven’t tried it.
  • If you dislike weaving ends, go with the rectangular version because the ends turn into fringe!
  • After a few rounds you’ll get into a flow.
Heather's Clean Sweep Rug in progress

Because this version of the rug is crocheted in the round BUT there’s a turn on every row, I ran into some issues when I noticed I forgot to turn on a round (or two??) so now my wrong side/right side isn’t consistent. I’m not going to frog though!!

I use the first version of a project to work out all the snags, so I keep going instead of ripping out my progress (unless it’s a really devastating mistake). I’ve made lots of mistakes on this, want to hear about them?

  • As mentioned before, I accidentally forgot to turn the work at least once, so the center of this doesn’t match the outside.
  • I mixed up the MC with the alt color rows so this is gonna look very different than the original sample.
  • Because I mixed MC with CCs, I like the wrong side of the colors better, so now the wrong side is the right side (for me).
  • It’s also bulging out in the middle but curling on the ends. I hope that blocking will fix it, especially because I used a wool for the MC (a fiber which should relax once its blocked).

If you’d like to join us, or check other people’s progress, visit the Clean Sweep CAL thread on Ravelry.

If you share your progress on social media, use the hashtag #WeCrochetCAL or #CleanSweepRugCAL

Here are some we found on Instagram:

How are you doing on your Clean Sweep Rug? Share in the comments!