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« on: January 23, 2011 05:51:29 PM »

T-shirt yarn project

I was curious of the idea of using t-shirt yarn.
This site describes how to make yarn out of t-shirt. I have tons of shirts, but don't necessarily have the time to give them away at the thrift store, they are closed on sundays.

This was the test I made. I was very happy with it.


1 t-shirt made 20x16 square, therefore you'll need many many t-shirts to make something much larger. If you look up 'weave it' , you find many pdf docs on their old catalogs and nice stuff to do with squares.

2 Don't cut less than 1 inch wide strips, because too thin will break easily when wounding into ball.

3 It's suggested select a t-shirt with some color mixed in, such as a pattern. In this case there was some blue and brown.

4 Tight knit is 'strong' and not soft, would be good for household items such as rugs, coasters, hand scrubber, rather than for apparel.

The only negative I see at this point, when using a tshirt that had seams, the seams show on purl side somewhat.

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011 07:25:13 PM »

This is a cleaver use for old T-Shirts.  I would not concern myself with the seams.  The seams would give the item character.  I will have to try this technique with Crocheting.   Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011 08:37:47 AM »

Tshirt strips make up a pretty neat fabric! This is on my list of things "to do" but I don't really want to actually cut the tshirt into strips, I just would want to knit with it, lol  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2011 02:01:01 PM »

Thanks for the link!  I've tried to make dish scrubbers with plastic bag yarn before, but I knit pretty tightly, and broke the yarn a lot.  I'll have to give t-shirt yarn a go.  That would also make the scrubbers machine washable, which would be even better!

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011 03:44:56 PM »

Knit tee-shirts make a most excellent bath or kitchen mat -- soft underfoot, absorbant, super washable.
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011 05:43:20 PM »

Tshirt strips make up a pretty neat fabric! This is on my list of things "to do" but I don't really want to actually cut the tshirt into strips, I just would want to knit with it, lol  Wink

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