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Has anyone tried it ...how did it go?
tgm and Kittys
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Date: 9/26/10 8:43 PM

I got some nice light weight knit fabric on sale that I want to cut into 1 inch strips & knit into a scarf. Has anyone done this yet? How did it go? I have #13 spn I plan to use & just cast on the usual 16 stitches...purl every row I was thinking. ....What do you think?
I plan to connect the fabric strips together just like my DH in hooking rugs.
Thanks for the input.

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She's my Baby & I'll love her if I want to, love her if I want to.... you would love her too she's the Baby ... the kins ...sung ..just one of her songs..
I miss you an awful lot my Baby ...Ab-i-gail she would come running when I would say her name like that...

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Date: 9/27/10 3:15 AM

I think it will work. I remember vaguely that somebody on the German sewing board I am frequenting did something similar with jersey strips, knitting a rug.
The one thing I would consider is the weight on the finished scarf as I would not want it to be too heavy because it might have a strangling effect. Maybe you could weigh the yardage you intend to use before cutting strips?
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In reply to DiePhem

Date: 9/27/10 7:12 PM

Oh that is a good idea. You think maybe cast on less stitches than you do with yarn? That would make it lighter too.
How many stitches would you think to cast on & start with?
Thank you!

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Remembering my most loved BFF (Best Furry Family, a very close friend, family)...The Baby my kins, my Abigail ..11/2/03 - 3/7/16

She's my Baby & I'll love her if I want to, love her if I want to.... you would love her too she's the Baby ... the kins ...sung ..just one of her songs..
I miss you an awful lot my Baby ...Ab-i-gail she would come running when I would say her name like that...

Lord please take care of my much loved kitty. +
Thank you Lord for loaning me the much loved Babykins. +

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In reply to tgm and Kittys

Date: 10/1/10 9:27 AM

Love your kitties!! If you haven't already you should consider joining Ravelry. There are many groups and forums to explore,
and while it is primarily a knit and crochet site there are people doing many exciting things with mixed techniques. You also, if you haven't already, might try Craftster.org as they cover just about everything there. Found a great way to knit (and sew) using plastic bags!! Of course it seriously increases time on the computer, but for a great reason.
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Date: 10/1/10 11:02 AM

Oh sorry, I missed your reply. I think I would start with a rather thick needle (15 or 17) and knit a gauge of 4 x 4 inches. You could weigh that, too, and then calculate which width and length would be acceptable for the scarf's weight.
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In reply to MrsMac

Date: 10/3/10 7:29 AM

Hi
I'm not a knitter but do crochet. I am a member of ravelry and thanks to you will take a look at craftster.org too. ( Hey housework is WAY over rated anyways! )
I have made totes crocheted out of the plastic bag strips. Making the ball of 'yarn' is the most time consuming part.
Now for my question, I love the idea of making 'yarn' out of stips of lightweight knit. How do you connect the strips of knit before attempting to knit/crochet something out of it?
Thanks for any help
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In reply to thirteenstitches

Date: 10/3/10 9:33 AM

I have not knit with fabric yet, but there is a group on Ravelry called "Fabric Knit and Crochet", with tutorials. It looks very intriguing and I may give it a go, thanks to you!! Good luck!
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In reply to MrsMac

Date: 10/3/10 6:47 PM

Thank you. I will have a look and see
Making the plastic bag tote was fun. I've actually made 2. Gave one to my daughter. She loved it. I'm going to be sure to check out the tutorials on ravelry that you mentioned.
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In reply to thirteenstitches

Date: 10/3/10 9:10 PM

Aft you cut your strips, you make small about 1/2 inch slits at the ends then you slide one strip into the other & pull gently it will look like men's neck tie knot where the strips are connected. Roll these strips into ball & away you go. I am going to try 1 inch strips or 1 1/2 inch strips. That is what my DH uses to hook rugs with...works very well.
We use rotary cutter & mat to cut the strips.

I must check out that Raverly & Craftster.org too.

There used to be a free Crochet site that sent patterns for free bi-weekly...sorry I cannot remember what the name is.
I would love to see one of your crocheted with bag items .... sounds neat!

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Remembering my most loved BFF (Best Furry Family, a very close friend, family)...The Baby my kins, my Abigail ..11/2/03 - 3/7/16

She's my Baby & I'll love her if I want to, love her if I want to.... you would love her too she's the Baby ... the kins ...sung ..just one of her songs..
I miss you an awful lot my Baby ...Ab-i-gail she would come running when I would say her name like that...

Lord please take care of my much loved kitty. +
Thank you Lord for loaning me the much loved Babykins. +

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In reply to tgm and Kittys

Date: 10/4/10 7:43 AM

Thank you for the explaination I get it now. I was thinking these strips needed to be sewn together
Sorry I'm not able to post any pics of my plastic bag 'yarn' totesbut there are pictures availabe at ravelry. To make that 'yarn' you cut the bags in 'bands' and loop them together. Kind of like we used to make the Chinese jump ropes. If you are familiar with that old child's game.
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