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Topic: ugly fabric = pretty cool rag rug.....directions (mini tutorial) added  (Read 5655 times)
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« on: May 08, 2010 06:31:22 PM »

I made this for my partner in the frugal living swap....let me be the first to say.....
  
I am NOT a knitter ...not at all!!!..... i can do squares and rectangles.... so I took what I knew and expanded as well as I could....and was actually pretty happy with the way it came out......

its made out of strips of old, ugly fabric....and knitted with size 19 needles....don't ask me what stitch, I don't know, its just the only one I know how to do...









would love to hear what you think......and thanks for looking

 and because some of you asked......here are the added directions.....

the strips were about 1.5-2 inches wide,cut selvage to selvage, leaving the selvage on and totally cut freehand.... as long as they were "sorta" the same width they worked fine.
I cut little slits(half inch or so) in both ends of all the strips (about two inches from the end) ..... take two strips (strip A and strib B) put strip B through a slit in strip A, pull it through about 3 inches... then you take the long end of strip B and put it through the slit on the shorter end and pull.....repeating and repeating and repeating..... you can totally add more as you go.....and I have NO clue how many strips I used.

I cast on 22 stitches for the middle, and 8 for each of the sides.....22 is the most that would fit on the needles I had... and if i were to do it again.... I wouldnt do more than 18 for the middle.... 22 was kinda pushing it.....and then I just knit till it got to the length that I wanted.

I used a huge eyed sewing needle, with the same size stripsas i used to knit it, to sew the sides to the middle and to go around the edges.

if you have any other questions ... feel free to ask.... Grin

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2010 06:38:00 PM »

I love that, you did a great job! I could use about three of those in my kitchen  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2010 06:42:06 PM »

I love it! I love all the great things we can make with ugly fabric once it is ripped to shreds
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2010 07:37:22 PM »

I really really like this!  I love how the colours worked out especially with the 3 panels and the dark blue seams.  Totally wish I had one for in front of my sink!

What kind of fabric was it (ie., cotton, t-shirt, etc.)?
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2010 07:48:47 PM »

I really really like this!  I love how the colours worked out especially with the 3 panels and the dark blue seams.  Totally wish I had one for in front of my sink!

What kind of fabric was it (ie., cotton, t-shirt, etc.)?

it was just cotton... quilters cotton type fabric......and it feels really really good on bare feet......its squishy and bumpy at the same time....
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2010 07:57:20 PM »

I love this, it would go good in my bathroom lol.
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2010 08:14:09 PM »

Love! And want to yoink your project. Tute please!!

i.e. how wide were the strips, how did you join the new strips to your work, how many stitches did you cast on?

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2010 08:55:35 PM »

Love! And want to yoink your project. Tute please!!

i.e. how wide were the strips, how did you join the new strips to your work, how many stitches did you cast on?



forgive me if this makes no sence.... remember Im not a knitter...........

the strips were about 1.5-2 inches wide,cut selvage to selvage, leaving the selvage on and totally cut freehand.... as long as they were "sorta" the same width they worked fine.
I cut little slits(half inch or so) in both ends of all the strips (about two inches from the end) ..... take two strips (strip A and strib B) put strip B through a slit in strip A, pull it through about 3 inches... then you take the long end of strip B and put it through the slit on the shorter end and pull.....repeating and repeating and repeating..... you can totally add more as you go.....and I have NO clue how many strips I used.

I cast on 22 stitches for the middle, and 8 for each of the sides.....22 is the most that would fit on the needles I had... and if i were to do it again.... I wouldnt do more than 18 for the middle.... 22 was kinda pushing it.....and then I just knit till it got to the length that I wanted.

I used a huge eyed sewing needle, with the same size stripsas i used to knit it, to sew the sides to the middle and to go around the edges.

if you have any other questions ... feel free to ask.... Grin
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2010 06:52:50 AM »

Thank you for the tute! That's such a great way to avoid ugly bulky knots!
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2010 06:47:55 PM »

This turned out awesome. I've been kicking around the idea of doing the same thing, but now I might take the plunge. I hope mine turns out as well.
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