I found a great idea for using up old t-shirts in a book called ‘Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft book’ – knit them into a bathroom rug. Yeah, I was a bit confused about how I could knit a t-shirt, but once you start doing it, it’s really simple.
Essentially you get a lot of old t-shirts and cut them into long strips, ie, by cutting round and round the t-shirt. You also need giant knitting needles. The book said 15 mm plastic ones, which is what I used. You cast on 30 stitches and away you go.
It’s pretty hard work. T-shirts don’t have any give like wool does, so you have to really work the needles to knit it into something. It also gets quite heavy once you’ve done most of it.
As you can see, some of the tops I used must have had lycra in them, which is why the rug has narrowed in the middle. I also found it was easier to cut the seams off the t-shirts, as they get far too bulky to knit with.
I tried to make another one for my mum, this time using muted colours and bigger t-shirts (any that my husband has lying round that my little brother hasn’t already stolen – he is growing quickly!).
I used some smaller t-shirts to break up the colours. I think I might try with XXL t-shirts in future, to see if I can get away with using just 5 of them.
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