Friday, September 21, 2012

How to make "yarn" from fabric scraps


  From denim to t-shirts,  almost any fabric can be turned into yarn for crochet. Whether its old clothes or fabric scraps from your sewing, fabric yarn is simple to make, and a great way to recycle!
  You could sew fabric strips together as for bias strips, or I can show you the easy way! This method works on most fabrics. To start you will need your fabric scraps and scissors.

  If you are using a recycled item of clothing and it is tube shaped (t-shirt, legs of jeans), I recommend cutting in the spiral method, as for plarn. See here:
 http://crochetistheway.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-09-14T18:57:00-04:00&max-results=1&reverse-paginate=true
  Regardless of the shape of your material, you will want it cut into strips anywhere from 1/2 inch to 2 inches wide, depending on the bulk of your fabric. A quick tip: A pair of good, sharp scissors will be a lifesaver. Trying to cut fabric with dull scissors is a pain.

See patterns using fabric scrap yarn:
Recycled fabric necklace
Fabric scrap chair pad

  Here I will be using an old t-shirt which I cut into about 1-inch strips. 

Once you have your fabric strips cut and ready, its time to join them. Cut a slit in both ends of each strip to be joined.

















Run one end of strip 1 through slit in strip 2 so that the slit is past where you inserted it.





Pull opposite end of strip 2 through the slit in its other end.


















If tails stick out, trim them as closely as possible.





Keep pulling through until snug.




Continue for as little or as much as you need! Here is the results of 3/4 of a men's medium t-shirt. The upper back was unusable. At 1-inch thickness, it made 25 yards.




Tip:
  Test your yarn! Keep in mind the bulkier the fabric, the more space it will take up in your project. I once thought I was going to crochet a rug from denim strips, only to find I had cut them too wide. Not only could I use a hook no smaller than a size P, but had I made the project, I would have had a rug about 2 inches thick! (Which would have been cool, if it wasn't also as stiff as a piece of cardboard.) When you get at least 1 strip cut, work it up to test your gauge. You may just save yourself from having a pile of unusable denim.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free Pattern: Can Cozy

Plarn Can Cozy



  












After trying a few different patterns, I find this one seems to have the most flat bottom.
  The main pattern fits a standard 12 oz. can. Directions are given to extend pattern to fit a larger 16 oz. can for all you energy drink lovers. Both are made slightly larger than the can, with a decrease at the top for a better fit.

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Plarn from about 10 bags, 2 colors, cut about 2 inches wide
Crochet hook, size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle
Permanent markers (optional)

Gauge:
11 sts in 4 inches across, 1 row of sc plus one row of dc = 1 inch high.

Note:
Use permanent markers to color bags before cutting to obtain any color combination you wish, or simply use different colored bags. If you color your plarn, expect some of the marker to rub off while working. Use isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to clean this up.

Directions:

Round 1: Color A
Ch 4. In farthest ch from hook, make 11 dc. Join with a sl st in top of ch-4. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3. Dc twice in next st. 2 dc in each st around, 1 dc in last st. Join with a sl st in top of ch-3. ( 24 dc)

Round 3: 
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Using color B, join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 4: Color B
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st.(24 sc)

Round 5:
Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color A, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 6: Color A
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 7:
Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color B, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 8: Color B
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 9:
Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color A, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 10 : Color A
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 11 for 12oz can:
Ch 1. Sc 2 tog. One sc in each st around.  Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (23 sc) Bind off, weave in ends.

Round 11 for 16oz can:



Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color B, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 12: Color B (16oz)
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Using color A, join to ch-1with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 13: Color A (16oz)
Ch 1. Sc 2 tog. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (23 sc) Bind off, weave in ends.

It is recommended that you wash the finished project in warm, soapy water before using.


Abbreviations/stitches used:
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc  2 tog - single crochet 2 together

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