Friday, July 24, 2015

Make Your Own Yarn from Old Clothes



After making a big crochet hook, I need big yarn to test it with. I don't have any big yarn so I made some. This is how I made some yarn from old clothes.



First is to select the colour and material of the old clothes you want to use for yarn. Here, I choose a yellow pair of pants, it is actually nice soft material, not sure what it is, but it's something I got cheaply from India seven years ago. Maybe if I cut the pants' legs, I can still wear this as a pair of shorts!


Anyway, here I just cut the garment into strips, remove the seam, then tie the strips together. The strips fray a lot but that's alright. The strips are of different width and lengths, but that's alright too. I'm too lazy to do this properly!


Then after making about two or three feet of hand-tied yarn, I tested it with the hook, just to make sure I'm cutting the fabric in the right width. It's good!


Because I didn't like it to be all yellow, I got another old piece of garment, a nightgown I had no intention of wearing. I cut the light pink sheer fabric and added that to the yellow strips. I tested it wit the hook and it looks OK!


So I made a ball of hand-tied pink and yellow yarn about this big, not a lot because I'm lazy and too excited to start crocheting with it!


I decided to make flowers with the yarn. Here is the work in progress. The yarn frays a great deal so it seems I've just made myself some eyelash fancy yarn!


I made more flowers. The pattern is simple and not all the same. It's: ch 4, sl st in first ch to make a ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in first sc to join. Ch 2, 2dctog in first sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc, ch 2, 2 dctog in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc, etc.


Here's a detail of one of the flowers. I like it and will use it for a project later. I have lots of old clothes and will make more hand-tied yarn. It's very easy.