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« on: January 06, 2009 08:10:19 PM »

I made a dent in my gigantic fabric stash by making this blanket for my love.  I meant to give it to him for the holidays, but I ended up just finishing it today  Roll Eyes  I still need to sew up/weave in the random ends where the fabric strips are joined.


I just cut yards and yards of thrifted fabric (bought on the cheap!) into strips of an average of 2 1/2 inches in width, then joined them at the ends.  I knitted them on huge needles: size 35 (19 mm).  The knitting is moderately loose.  It's super warm, though, and it ended up being queen size.  Its recipient loves it so much that he keeps showing it off to everyone he sees, and he's curled up under it right now.

This is a closeup of the knitting:


One of our puppies wanted in on the picture-taking action.  He's actually a good way to gauge the size of the stripes; he's about 4 pounds so he's pretty small.


This is a view from above.  It's on our queen bed.  The yellow stripe, as well as the top two (dark blue and light blue with clouds) are all jersey bedsheets that were either torn or too worn to use as sheets anymore. 


I like how it came out, but it took sooo long.  I promise that I won't be attempting something on this scale again anytime soon!
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2009 08:34:55 PM »

Nice to see fabric knitted into something other than a bathmat or rug!  Nice job! 
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2009 09:06:55 PM »

Goodness that's huge!! I can't even picture myself casting that on. Great job on completing that!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2009 09:15:54 PM »


Nice to see fabric knitted into something other than a bathmat or rug! 


Haha, I definitely agree with you there.  I am totally guilty of knitting fabric into both of those things, but I'm especially happy with this project.


Goodness that's huge!! I can't even picture myself casting that on.


NO JOKE!!  On some rows (depending on the thickness of the fabric), I had to use two other needles just to hold the stitches in place.  My arms actually got a little achy when I worked on this for too long at once.  It got really heavy towards the end, too.  The cool thing is that I had no idea how big it was going to be; I just squished as many stitches as I could onto my needles and went from there.

Thanks for your compliments  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2009 11:56:14 PM »

So impressed. I had no idea knitting with fabric would look so good.
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009 01:14:17 AM »

This is so cool. My hubby didn't get it when I explained to him this was fabric and not yarn. LOL!
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009 04:26:02 PM »

Fabulous, and nice to know it is sooo well loved after much love was put into it.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2009 09:32:53 AM »

Wow! Now that's what I call a grand scale
I'd love to have a blanket like that
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2009 07:28:58 PM »

did it turn out soft? what kind of fabric did you use?
what a great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2009 08:50:07 PM »


did it turn out soft? what kind of fabric did you use?
what a great idea!


Short answer:  Yes, it turned out soft!  I used a variety of fabrics, but mostly cotton and cotton/poly blends (I'm guessing).

Longer, but more informative answer:
It did turn out soft.  I'm not sure about the fiber content of all of the fabrics, but my guess is cotton/polyester blends on most of them.  All I know is that I had to make sure they didn't fray when they were pulled on.  The jersey bedsheets and some other fabrics in there are 100% cotton, and had been well-loved before inclusion in the blanket.  Some of the fabrics knitted up more "stiffly" than the others, but I just cut the strips skinnier from those fabrics to kind of compensate.  On thinner fabrics, I cut wider strips.  It was a learn-as-you-go kind of project.  You might be able to get away with tearing your strips on some fabrics; I didn't try that.

If you attempt one of these on your own, realize that you're going to need a TON of fabric to make the blanket (if you're using the size 35 needles, like I did).  As an example, I recycled a king-sized sheet into a bathmat once and I barely had enough fabric to make it the size of a proper bathmat.  I already owned most of the fabric, but did have to go buy some to make the blanket long enough. 
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