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« on: June 20, 2006 10:06:13 PM »

I made this rug from an idea I found in the book Mason Dixon Knitting. The "pattern" is called Calamari Knitting because you cut up old T-shirts into rings, loop them together and use that as yarn.

I used T-shirts that had holes in them, were stained, or were failed tie dye experiments, so no useful T-shirts were harmed in the making of this rug. I cut the loops between 3/4" and 1" wide, and used US size 35 needles. There are probably 20-25 T-shirts in there, but many of them were children's sizes so I think you could get by with less if you were using adult Ts.

It's so nice and squishy, and heavy enough not to blow away in storms!

Jen, homeschooling mom of 4
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2006 10:33:03 PM »

whoa! that is so cool. The last thing I need is another knitting book, but I think I need to buy mason dixon knitting.


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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2006 08:07:05 AM »

That is a really cool idea. And it turned out fab.

I'm a packrat though, so even though I definetly would have enough t-shirts that I dont wear anymore to do this, i couldnt bear to part with them.
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2006 08:50:18 AM »

that turned out great!

i love this book. craftykate- you should definatly get it.
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2006 11:59:55 AM »

That is the best idea ever! I have a copy of Mason Dixon on the way from Amazon and have a THOUSAND old T shirts (I am a HS teacher, a blood donor, I have far too many T shirts...), I see a rug in my future!
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2006 10:35:08 AM »

Yes, craftykate, I agree with alicesonmarie! Run out and get it!

The thing I like about it is that it's not so much about the patterns (although there are patterns in there) it's more about thinking outside the box and figuring out new ways of looking at knitting. So many books about knitting seem to be all "Thou shalt" and "Thou shalt not" and this one says, go ahead and try it!

Efferjen, I'd love to see your rug when you're done!

MostlyHarmless, I'm a packrat, too! But, I had a pile of Ts that were unusable. I just set them aside when they get a stain I can't remove, or a hole or something, and with 6 of us I had quite a pile of those Smiley

Jen, homeschooling mom of 4
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