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« on: December 30, 2011 03:40:46 PM »

About a year ago, I decided I wanted to try crocheting with tee shirt yarn, so I cut up a zillion shades of blue tee shirts (turning my snot blue, pretty rad). But then when it came to crocheting it up for a project, for some reason, I just lost interest. And then for some reason, yesterday I found interest. I crocheted this bath mat and it's super squishy and soft on my toes when I step out of the shower. It gives me a really good feeling every time I catch a glimpse of it.


And here it is in the bathroom, just beneath my latest thrift store find: a $1.99 Pottery Barn shower curtain.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011 04:30:38 PM »

Looks great! I love the colours. I'm just about to do one of these myself so I'm glad to hear that you are happy with yours.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011 04:38:27 PM »

Love the colors. I was working on one myself, then lost interested too.. I am tryin to finish up my other "long lost projects" first and do it when I can!! Yours looks better in colors than mine!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011 05:56:31 PM »

LOVELY! Want one Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011 09:34:54 PM »

squishy! looks fantastic and useful!
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011 11:14:31 PM »

Crochet with spaghetti yarn is great! Your bathmat looks the part, just that touch of colour in the white room.
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2011 01:07:14 AM »

Awesome colors!
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2011 03:55:54 AM »

Just beautiful.  I think I want one too.  Hope you don't mind my asking what size crochet hook did you use and what stitch?
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2011 07:14:17 AM »

I can't seem to find the hook I used right now but it was one of those big turquoise hooks about the size of a finger (don't you love precise measurements?) and the rug was done in all double crochet except one row of single crochet in the second row of light blue (because I was running out of yarn).
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2011 07:50:36 AM »

I sooo want to see how that feels under my bare feet! Looks fab!!
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2011 08:40:21 AM »

very cool!
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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2011 09:02:16 AM »

Cute rug!  Very inspiring for others with many t-shirts and t-shirt scraps
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2011 05:28:04 PM »

This is so cool. Colors are perfect for the bathroom!
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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2012 01:45:25 AM »

I can't seem to find the hook I used right now but it was one of those big turquoise hooks about the size of a finger (don't you love precise measurements?) and the rug was done in all double crochet except one row of single crochet in the second row of light blue (because I was running out of yarn).
Finger sized is quite good enough for me  Wink Thanks
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2012 03:57:15 PM »

That's really pretty! Did you stitch the same-colored strips of shirt material together into longer yarn, or just overlap the ends? I'm tempted to use some of my t-shirt scraps for something like this, but I'm not sure I'm up to sewing a bunch of ends together just now.
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« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2012 08:29:47 PM »

I made my yarn using a method like this one: http://www.craftpassion.com/2009/05/recycle-tutorial-making-of-t-shirt-yarn.html

Hope that helps!  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2012 08:32:42 PM »

Or, if you've already cut your tee shirt into short strips, you can try this method for joining into one long strand: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/39345/how-to-crochet-a-rug-out-of-t-shirts/page/2
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2012 12:57:09 PM »

 Wow, thanks! I'm so going to try this now! Grin
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2012 01:11:26 PM »

 Grin  That looks GREAT! Thank you so much for posting this, and for all of the information- just learning to crochet, and just bought one of those finger-sized giganta hooks- I neeeed rugs and mats at my house!!
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2012 08:13:26 PM »

This has been on my to-do list for a while.  Now I really want to try it!  Obviously the larger the shirt the more yarn you can get from it, but about how many shirts would you guess you used?  I know how many colors there are, but I don't know if you had any leftover yarn.  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2012 06:24:41 PM »

I don't really remember how many tee shirts I used for this rug.  I think it probably worked out that each stripe was one tee shirt.
Also, keep an eye out at thrift stores for jersey sheets. These can be cut into strips and then joined using the slip knot method. A sheet at a thrift store usually costs about the same that a tee shirt would and you obviously get much more yarn out of it. Each tee shirt, cut and wound up, makes a ball about the size of a softball. A twin jersey sheet, cut and wound up, yields a ball about the size of a soccer ball.
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« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2012 09:58:17 AM »

I am totally going to make one of these.  Thanks for sharing! Oh, and thanks for sharing those links too!
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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2012 07:37:56 PM »

oh I need to try that! great job it looks great
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2012 08:08:37 PM »

Great tip on the sheet!  That got me to thinking of using flannel sheets.  Hmmmm.....
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