bootJute Doormat – Free Knitting Pattern

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I decided to be completely crazy this week and try knitting up a doormat out of garden twine. It turned out much better than I expected. I am really happy with the result and I think it will make a great gift, especially for those people that don’t wear hats or scarves. While I was breaking rules I also decided to try painting the finished product. It was so much fun. I felt a little like a kid with his hand in the candy jar. It went against all my instincts but since I was using twine I had to go for it.

Pattern note – This turned out a little smaller than is ideal. I used  832 ft of twine but when I do it again I will use 1248 ft so that it is a bit longer.

This is pattern #7 of the 14 free weekly patterns I’m posting through December.
Read more about it here.


Yarn: twisted jute garden twine, 4lb load limit
Needle: Size 15 straight or circular (worked back & forth)
Gauge: 2 sts & 3 rows per inch. (2 strands held together)

Cast-On 32 sts

Row 1-4: knit

Diamond Pattern:

Row 1: k3, [p1, k11, p1] twice, k3
Row 2: k3, [k2, p9, k2] twice, k3
Row 3: k3, [k1, p2, k7, p2, k1] twice, k3
Row 4: k3, [p2, k2, p5, k2, p2] twice, k3
Row 5: k3, [k3, p2, k3, p2, k3] twice, k3
Row 6: k3, [p4, k2, p1, k2, p4] twice, k3
Row 7: k3, [k5, p3, k5] twice, k3
Row 8: k3, [p6, k1, p6] twice, k3
Row 9: repeat row 7
Row 10: repeat row 6
Row 11: repeat row 5
Row 12: repeat row 4
Row 13: repeat row 3
Row 14: repeat row 2

Repeat these 14 rows until desired length.

Work 4 rows in garter st.
Bind off & weave in ends.

After I finished knitting this up I painted it and then sprayed it with a clear glaze so that it stands up to people walking on it. It also took some reshaping to get it to lay right but it’s perfect after I reshaped and put the clear coat on.

You may use this pattern to create items for your own personal use but may not create items for sale
nor shall you include said pattern in a kit for sale, without the designer’s permission. Thank you!

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  1. Susan Fox says:

    What type of glaze did you use?

  2. N J Gill says:

    If you put glaze on it, isn’t it all slick now, and won’t really scrape off mud and crud from peoples’ boots & shoes, which I thought was the purpose of using jute in the first place? I mean, if you’re going to seal it up all shiny and slick, you could make it out of anything.

    • jenny says:


      Thanks for your question. Actually the spray glaze does not make the rug slick. It seals up the paint so that it won’t rub off on people’s shoes and helps it hold up to wear and tear a little better than it would if it was raw jute. The rug still has a rough jute texture. Perhaps if it was a painted on sealer that would not be the case but the spray worked perfectly for me.

      - jenny

      • Betty Richardson says:

        Hi Jenny did the twine not play havoc with your hands!! OUCH!

        • jenny says:

          Hi Betty!

          Actually my hands came away from this project unscathed. I didn’t wrap the twine around my finger like I would with yarn and I knit pretty loosely so there wasn’t a lot of pulling. Maybe that is what saved me. :) Are you thinking about tackling this pattern? It was a lot of fun and there was something so exhilarating about painting my knitting project. haha

          - jenny

  3. Jan P. says:

    I am thinking of using baling twine which I think is jute. Can the mat be washed or hosed off? Am looking for something for inside the door of our mud room in our log home.



    • jenny says:

      Hi Jan –

      I’m not sure about hosing off the mat. I would guess that it would hold because jute is pretty hefty stuff. Good luck! Hope you enjoy the pattern. :)


  4. fran-e says:

    i love this idea, i can tell you…i have a cabin being built and this would be so cool in there, i just can’t wait to do it…what a grand idea. thank you, you are so creative, you make my juices flow, i have am getting such ideas, bec now i know i can use more than just yarn, that is cool.
    thanx, f

    • jenny says:

      Thank you so much! Sounds like the jute doormat is perfect for you! I hope you enjoy the pattern as much as I enjoyed making it. ;)

      Thanks again!