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Posted on: 2/26/05 2:44 PM
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Finding rib knit yardage can be difficult, especially if you are looking for an odd color, or a certain weight, fabric content, or a chunky rib. Most rib knit yardage for sale comes only in basic colors with narrow ribs, and can be fairly expensive. Instead of yardage, try looking for rib knit garments at the thrift store - cuffs and collars don't need a lot of fabric, so a single top will probably have enough fabric to use. You can work around stains or flaws, there are tons of colors available, and the cost is usually less than buying yardage. There are lots of interesting weaves in RTW, and you may be able to make special use of the knit hem (not available in yardage). Plus, you are sort of recycling.

I wanted some chunky brown rib knit as contrast on a corduroy jacket, and found about five different tops that would work at the local thrift store, for about $2 each. There were at least a hundred other rib knit tops in other colors, so I will definately head to the thrift store first the next time I am looking for contrast ribbing.

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AnneM said... (2/28/05 7:42 PM) Reply
Great idea, Nikki.
j222b said... (2/28/05 11:02 AM) Reply
so-so-sewer: I make the mittens you describe from old wool sweaters that have been tossed in the (hot) washer & dryer, too...I use them to dust. The old, felted, large mittens hold & capture the dust better than anything else, leaving more time to sew.
Astrostitcher said... (2/27/05 3:16 AM) Reply
Thanks for the good suggestion - you are so right about the dearth of choice in ribbings. I can add another use for castoff knits : I use the sleeves of shrunken or moth-eaten wool sweaters to make mittens for dirty winter work like fetching firewood - just stick you hand wrong way up the sleeve, cut the length needed, shape & sew it up; and panels from thick cotton sweaters make great square potholders that give you a better grip than the quilted ones - use two or more thicknesses.
j222b said... (2/26/05 6:52 PM) Reply
Thanks!! I'm always shopping at a thrift shop near my home and now I have another item to add to my "things to buy" list.
PVA said... (2/26/05 4:09 PM) Reply
Great idea, Nikki, I thank you for it!
Mary Stiefer said... (2/26/05 4:06 PM) Reply
What a great idea. I shopped thrift stores for some great buttons and some other items but I never thought about rib knits.
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