Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Turning tshirts into yarn

I I have a bunch of old kids clothes that are too worn to be hand-me-downs but I can't just throw them out either 😄. So I decided I'd crochet some rag rugs!  First step is turning the shirts into strips...

I got a cheap quilting tool set from Michaels (along with a mat) and got to work turning t-shirts into strips.  #1 cut the sides all the way to the end of the sleeves #2 make strips, DO NOT go all the way to the other side, work in zig zags, go all the way up to the top of the shirt including the sleeves #3 wrap it up into a ball

Check out my next post that shows you what you can do with this yarn! http://denknits.blogspot.com/2016/09/crochet-rag-rug.html

Crochet rag rug

Size Q (15.75mm) crochet hook (I tend to go up about two hook sizes when following crochet patterns, so you may want a smaller hook than I used)

Tshirt strips (I used 10 medium boys shirts for mine)

This is my 'recipe' for the rug I crocheted.  I hardly read crochet patterns, let alone write them, so please be kind 😊 

Chain 6, join the end to the beginning with a slip stitch

6dc into the circle

Ch2, 2dc into each dc from the previous row (12 dc)

Ch2, (1dc, 2dc) repeat around (18dc)

Ch2, (1dc, 1dc, 2dc) repeat around (24dc)

Continuing slowly increasing by working a dc in every 4th, every 5th, etc stitch until the rug is large enough or you run out of strips.

Need to learn how to make tshirt yarn?  Check out my previous blog post http://denknits.blogspot.com/2016/09/turning-tshirts-into-yarn.html?m=1

Saturday, August 27, 2016

DenKnits 4.4 Two parts

Made a couple videos today, mostly about #michiganfiberfest, but also just about #fiber... #denknits #knittingpodcast #michiganfiberfestival #garenhuisyarnstudio #michiganfibrestudio #fiberaddiction #wonderwhyfarm #bohochicfiberco #spinningmoonfarm #uniquelyyours #littlepatchalpacas #beyondthefleece #hotflashfibercompany #leadingmenfiberarts #siobhancrafts 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

DenKnits 4.3 WIPs, Tips and a FO

A somewhat usual podcast episode...  Gong shorter and without edits in the hopes that it is something I can keep up on! 

One of the reasons I haven't recorded is that my crafting had to take a back seat to wrist issues.  I've been working with PT and have a combination of exercises that have been working for me.  I'm sharing with you!

Friday, March 4, 2016

DenKnits 4.2 FINISHING

This month we talk about FINISHING!  I'll show you some of my recent finished objects; my favorite bind off; weaving in ends; soaking and blocking your finished items; adding buttons; and what do YOU do with all the finished things?

You can find me on Ravelry and Instagram as denmoma; join the group on Ravelry and Facebook, just search DenKnits; or subscribe to the YouTube channel.  My Etsy store is at etsy.com/shop/DenKnits

Saturday, February 6, 2016

DenKnits 4.1 Handspun

Welcome (back)!  This video begins season 4 of DenKnits and a new format.  Videos will be uploaded on a monthly basis and have a focused topic up for discussion.

This month we talk about HANDSPUN!  I'll show and discuss all the finished skeins from January along with finished knits out of handspun, other patterns good for handspun, fiber acquisitions, tools and tips!

You can find me on Ravelry and Instagram as denmoma; join the group on Ravelry and Facebook, just search DenKnits; subscribe to this channel or follow along at denknits.blogspot.com

Monday, November 2, 2015


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