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olga
« on: August 23, 2005 04:34:31 PM »

I've wanted to knit something without yarn for a while. I figured this challenge would get my ass in gear. I can't say this has never been done before, it's been done millions of times, and I can't say it's particularly unique, cuz a scarf is a scarf is a scarf. But for me it was an experiment, and I wanted to have something useful and wearable left over after I was done playing, (I hate to waste good product).

So out come my father's pants, from the basement,... get your minds out of the gutter. I shreaded them, not too well the first time, second try's the charm. Tied all the ends together. They are some sort of cotton blend, I'm assuming. The knitting was quick, but I had to redo it twice, it came out too short the first time. Now came the fun part...I know that I didnt technically knit out of the pearl beads, but I didn't see anything saying we couldn't embelish. So I sewed on all the beads by hand, one by one, it took a few hours of my life. And then came the fringe. I don't know if it shows up well in the photos, but the fringe is an assortment of things I found arround my house. There is ribbon, metal key rings, pieces of fabric from pants and a shirt, cord from some sweats, a zipper, and two old, old leather horse ties. My idea was to make it look like a hobo scarf, unkempt, a little old and matted looking, but with the contrast of the white pearls dotting it. No yarn was harmed in the making of this scarf.

Hope you like...(sorry for so many pics, I got overexcited with my camera)


















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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005 04:42:56 PM »

that is absolutely stunning!

i love the colour, the beads are the magic, and the zippers in the fringe- oh wow!

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005 07:13:42 PM »

i lvoe how "trashy" it looks... and as a plus you recycled a lot of stuff, yay for recycling!
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2005 07:24:54 PM »

omg that is absolutely gorgeous! even though you used junk that was laying around your house, i think it looks super swank!
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2005 07:39:05 PM »

This is my favorite. I submitted something for this competition and I think I'll vote for yours. That's how awesome it is.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2005 09:47:37 PM »

my favorite by far.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2005 11:18:15 PM »

Gorgeous! I would buy that if I saw it in a store!
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2005 06:41:03 AM »

It looks like something you'd see in Star
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2005 11:10:21 AM »

I'm gonna need a tute for this. I am in love with this scarf.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2005 11:16:44 AM »

Looks like something that would sell for megabucks. I love the pearls in contrast to the zippers and leather, etc.
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olga
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2005 12:08:58 PM »

Thank you everyone, your comments made me feel lovely.

Ok, now for the tute:

1. Steal a pair of your fathers nice work pants. I used a greenish gray color.

2. Undo the hemming, and cut from the bottom up in a spiral fashion. Cut in the thinnest strips possible. The first time I made mine too thick and even on size 19 needles the scarf was turning out too stiff and thick. I think the width I cut it down to in the end (the second time arround) was arround 1/2 of an inch. All the little pieces of pant fell apart from each other because of the two sewed sides of the pant leg. I just tied all of them together, some with larger knots, some with smaller, for variety.

3. I used size 19 needles, and just knitted it up in regular garter stitch, knit on both sides.

4. The beads, I got from Michael's. They are plastic pearls that came in a bad of three assorted sizes. Just grabbed a needle and thread and began to sew them on however I saw fit. It took maybe two hours. Just one bead at a time.

5. Then I searched all over my house for something that could be used as fringe and stood around pondering what looked better. Then I just tied/sewed/knitted/braided all the stuff to the ends of the scarf, and voila, the masterpeice is complete.

If I haven't been clear about something, please feel free to ask.
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2005 12:30:39 PM »

Thas so awsome i want one , somday i must learn to knit
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2005 12:32:37 PM »

It could be crochetted just as easily.
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2005 01:16:18 PM »

that is amazingly beautiful. i have found love.
you really think it can be crocheted? i think i will try- maybe my dad has some old pants.
it looks like something from a really expensive boutique.
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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2005 01:54:58 PM »

Yeah. Crochet it lengthwise instead of widthwise (is that a word?). Since it's just pants material, it'll still have the same sort of "dirty" look to it.
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2005 01:56:25 PM »

totally inspiring and amazing.
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olga
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2005 02:08:02 PM »

I bet it can even be knotted together, no knitting or crocheting involved. Sewing on the beads has nothing really to do with the knitted fabric, so knotting it together would be no problem. I would just take a bunch of the pant strips, tie them together, maybe braid some of them, twist others. and then knot the whole thing together, in pieces, or all in one go. Kinda messy and contemporary looking.

Maybe something resembling this http://www.junglephotos.com/plants/lianas/lianaknot2.html

Ok, that picture is bad, and has nothing to do with scarves, but it's the closest thing I could find on the net in 5 minutes.

Thanks again for the complements
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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2005 04:20:29 AM »

great now i must learn to knit and Crochet
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« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2005 07:35:04 PM »

I am usually NOT a beads person, but those beads really make it! Very very nice.
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2005 09:27:31 PM »

Thank you, I'm not a bead person myself, but felt this scarf needed a little something something.
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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2005 09:35:19 PM »

this is so so gorgeous!! i'm inspired!
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2005 10:34:23 PM »

I like it that you didn't stop with the denim and the beads, but used other found material.  It definitely adds character.
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2005 05:45:53 PM »

Oooooo! Thanks so much for sharing. This is GREAT! I can't wait for winter.
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