25 February 2015

T-Shirt Yarn

Is fun.  It's been around for a little while, but I'd never used the bought stuff.  Ever.  Confession: I'm a little bit of a yarn snob.

Prepare for boring information:  I prefer to buy and use 100% cotton or 'mostly-percent' natural materials like wool and linen etc.  Every t-shirt yarn I found was either 100% polyester or 100% un-determined fibers.  Yes, some yarn I find actually says that, they don't know what it's made of... so, I stay well clear of that.

It turns out that this particular t-shirt yarn was 80% cotton and 20% polyester so I bought some, with a coupon of course, I didn't pay full price - who does that?  I ended up with a big square - destined to be a cushion cover.

Then I bought another giant ball of t-shirt yarn... it was the same brand, the same Lot Number.  But it was different.  It was a slightly different white, ok, I can deal with that.  But it was thicker, about twice as thick and it looked way out of place and when I made another crochet square to match the first one, it just didn't work.

I decided to buy some knitting needles.  Circular knitting needles.  I needed a challenge.

Now for some, these aren't really a challenge.  I was taught how to knit by sticking one long knitting needle under my arm and using that to hold it while I yarned-around the needle.  SO, yes, this was a challenge because I was forced to knit properly.

It didn't take long to figure out after a couple of handy you-tube tutorials.  I found my own rhythm quickly and on the second day of owning circular knitting needles I finished the other side of my cushion cover.

Look at that texture!  I like it so much that I don't lean on the cushion, I just stroke it.  I love the way this knitting (knit one side, purl the other) is smooth.  I kept it garter-stitch at the edges to stop it curling.

Then I made a 2-inch button using some pretty yellow Skulpey (the same stuff I used to make crochet hook handles in the first picture).  I've joined the two sides together and now, I only have to sew in the ends and the button before I can show you a finished photo.

Until next time!



  1. where did you find the t - shirt yarn to buy

    1. Hi there, I bought this t-shirt yarn from Jo-Anns, but I have noticed that they don't stock it in my local store anymore. I think you might be able to find some at Walmart, or maybe though a Google Search.


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