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« on: February 11, 2007 08:01:36 AM »

Can anybody suggest a suitable pattern for this yarn? I bought it in the sale in my favourite department store ages ago, but haven't found a use for it and it's sat in my stash bag making faces at me.

I have 4 x 50g of R2 rag yarn (basically cotton jersey cut into a long strip; each ball is 27yards (25m) long so I have 108yds (100m)). It looks like it'd knit at a chunky weight. I was thinking of making a case for my camera, but thought that might mean there would be some of the blighter left to mock me.

I was also wondering about making a bag of some sort, but was unsure as to how far 100m of chunky would get me (and nothing else in the stash would really go with it).

Please let me know if you've got any ideas- I don't want to be beaten by 200g of misfit cotton! Huh
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007 08:30:03 AM »

When I have a 2 skeins yarn that I like and want to make a bag but am unsure of how big it could be I start out making one handle about 1" thick and 12" long (Cast on, a few rows and bind off) out of the start of each skein.

Then I use a stitch I call "knit for life" (not sure if that is the right name) in which I start with 3 stitches and increase one stitch at the end of every row. I use one skein for each side of the bag and then stitch them all together.

If I have 3 skeins I use one for the front, one for the back and the third to make handles and gusset.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2007 08:33:51 AM »

Go for the camera case, and make a scrubby dishcloth out of the rest. Either that or just make multiple dishcloths, but don't worry about what to do with the leftovers!
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007 04:39:14 PM »

Maybe a nice squishy rug to stand on while doing dishes?  Or for near the shower?
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2007 09:18:13 AM »

I just got a HUGE (over a hundred balls) of this stuff that im completely perplexed on.....  i also got a few of the single patterns and the magazine. all of which are hideous, but if you wanted id be happy to do a little trade with you..
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2007 01:08:19 PM »

Washcloths and a bath mat are a good idea, but obviously you don't have enough for both. You could do a cute mini chunky tote-like purse. Just do a square for the front and back in plain garter st, a 1 to 2 inch gusset/bottom, handles, and sew it all together.

Or you could use smaller needles than necessary to make a tight gauge and make little square or circular containers for things like paper clips, cotton swabs, keys, jewelry, All those little things that get lost so easily. The tighter gauge will help them stand up on their own. If you crochet, you could do the same thing with a small hook.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2007 03:43:36 AM »

maybe a little clutch? here is how i make them:) co, knit few rows, then make a really large buttonhole for handles (like on this bag). then knit in whatever stitch you want untill you have just a little bit left. then make another large buttonhole, and knit few more rows, bo, and sew sides. you won't have any leftovers:)
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2007 06:56:49 AM »

Thank you for all your suggestions. I ended up giving it to my mum (chunky novelty stuff is far more her style than mine!) and she's knitting a bag with it (her current plan is to knit a rectangle, then add some bought handles to it). I don't know why I didn't think of that. Anyway, I've learned my lesson. Actually, no I haven't. But never mind.  Wink
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