This post is about an awkwardly constructed magic carpet that I made one time about four years ago, which would turn out to become one of my most requested custom items…
If you guys have ever had a project that you didn’t think was that great but it got a lot of online attention, then you know what I mean.
Here is the very first “magic carpet” I ever made. (Caution, blurry iPhone 3 photo ahead)
It was actually my first Etsy sale ever! After I posted that small blanket (it was for a cat!) I got a request to make one that looked like the famous one from Aladdin. I took it as a challenge and came up with this:
It turns out the reason one might want a magic carpet can be pretty neat! One of the larger ones was made for a guy whose boyfriend was a gymnast in a traveling stage production of Aladdin, and the tiny carpets are bottom right of the collage above were used to decorate tables at a quinceañera! So cute! Others were made as photo props or room decor, and others as lovies for wee ones. They were all a blast to make!
You can kind of see the slight differences I made in the design over time. There aren’t 34 in that collage because at one point, I felt like folks were growing tired of me documenting these identical pieces. But one thing is for sure, I got a zillion requests for the pattern over the years! Eventually, I wrote an extremely bare-bones guide, showing how I start with a granny, turn it on a diamond, square the corners, etc.
In about Summer of 2015 I officially stopped taking custom orders, but I do accept the occasional order, and today I received a custom order for a 40×50″ Magic Carpet!! I took the order just so I could officially write up the pattern for you guys. Maybe you can make use of it!
You can use any yarn. I have a high-variety stash that includes several brands of light worsted weight yarn – even a vintage Caron Simply Soft – acquired at a neighborhood garage sale! Oo la-la! But seriously you can use anything… the RugMan would be honored to be constructed with materials from all corners of the globe. All you need are 3 shades of blue, 3 shades of purple (I like red-purple for this project, as opposed to blue-purple), and a maroon.
……And then there’s the gold. 1-2 shades which really have to be a shiny golden yarn in order to complete the magic carpet look. A plain yellow won’t really work. Caron Simply Soft is very shiny, but I always use Yarn Bee “Soft Secret” for this purpose, which you can buy from Hobby Lobby. There are two shades that are absolutely perfect. Choose Haystack for a bright, soft yellow (my most used):
Get your yarn prepared, and stay tuned for the Magic Flying Carpet pattern release tomorrow, June 22! ❤️❤️
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