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Date: 3/13/12 0:00 AM

Has anyone done any knitting with fabric strips. What type of projects have you made. Any tips or hints on knitting this way.

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Yards Sewn: 30.68

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YARDS SEWN - 52.8

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Date: 3/14/12 7:51 AM

I have knit a bathmat out of old tee shirts. I cut the shirts into about 1" strips and I used I think about a 19" needle. I knit garter stitch and it turned out great. If you check out ravelry.com, you will find lots of ideas. Plus there is a very good utube video about cutting up things like old plastic bags (which I translated into the tee shirts) so you get lots of (yarn) in one long piece instead of lots of little pieces. When I did my mat, some pieces were sewn together, and some were knotted. Just make sure if you sew a loop for cutting, that you sew several rows of stitching, because I didn't, and I did have trouble with the strips coming apart while I was knitting.

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Date: 3/15/12 12:03 PM

Thanks Jorgel,

I wanted to try using quilting cottons to knit a rug, just because I have so much of it and am not quilting these days. There is a forum on ravelry for knitting with fabric stips but hasnt had postings on it for quite awhile

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Yards Sewn: 30.68

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YARDS SEWN - 52.8

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Date: 3/15/12 7:14 PM

you might want to make bias or off-grain strips so that they have some give in them and so that they don't ravel too much. If you cut quilting cotton on-grain it won't have much give and it could be hard on your hands. There are assorted directions for folding, stitching and then cutting fabric to make long bias or near-bias strips for quilt binding that would also work for making fabric "yarn". (cleaned up duplicate line)
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Date: 3/4/13 5:11 AM

I had made a table cloth out of the old curtain but that was years ago. To knit jute rugs check out this link i had found it weeks ago http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/crazy-mom-quilts-one-way-to-knit-rag.html
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Date: 3/5/13 8:26 AM

It's not knitting, but what about making a chenille rug? You know, layer lots of the fabrics, stitch them together, then cut the layers? These always look so cute and soft to me.

I haven't seen it done anywhere, but another idea may be to ruffle a ton of strips, then sew them on a backing close together so they make a ruffle rug. Even if you don't sew it, it's fun to say!

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