Monday, August 22, 2011

Fabric Scrap Yarn Possibility #1


Remember THIS fabric scrap yarn? I was wondering what to do with it. Remember? Okay. Well...

Fabric Scrap Yarn Possibility #1: Knit a vibrant scarf during long drives to visit the people you love!

To be honest, the scarf sheds quite a bit. But I think it might cease this delightfully colourful behaviour after washing. Maybe. I haven't actually tried washing it yet. I'll have to get back to you on that one...

And I thought the yarn might be tough to knit up, but it was not too bad at all. I mean it is exceedingly nubbly so the knitting experience is not without its challenges. BUT it was far better than I'd imagined. I cast on only 10 stitches, used sizable needles (8.0 mm/US 11) and a basic garter stitch so it knit up in a veritable flash!

Alrighty then. You have yourself a lovely day now, and I'll see you on Wednesday!


  1. Amazing! love the rich colour and texture.

    PS Is the photo on the dashboard from yesterday's sudden storm?

  2. Well this is unique and I love it!
    An ingenious way to use scraps (and very practical too) :)

  3. LOVE the scarf. So pretty! I really need to learn to knit!

  4. This is cool Michele! I knitted scrap natural and kimono silk after I returned from Japan. It was fun - I like your vibrant color - hugs Nat

  5. When I first saw your fabric scrap yarn, I thought it would make a great rug by knitting or crocheting! This scarf is turning out beautifully.

  6. I didn't read the post where you made the scrap yarn 'til now, but think it's a lovely idea. I bought a hank of silk scrap yarn from Etsy intended for use in tassel-making. Check it out:

    I'm thinking I might do as you did with other scraps of fabric. Great thinking on your part!

  7. Maybe the trick is to wash before knitting. It might be softer to knit with too. I have made rag rugs before but never thought of using to knit a scarf. Hugs Mrs A.

  8. That is just too cool!! I bet washing will make it super soft too!

  9. It looks like a lot of fun! I hope the shedding will cease with washing because it looks like something to be worn a lot! :)

  10. This is very very beautiful! Q: is the shedding just bits of threads or fibers, or do the actual scrap pieces come off? if the former, pooh pooh, who minds a little shedding?

  11. Oh wow... doesn't that look great....

  12. Michelle L.: The shedding is bits of fibers yes, so I'm hoping that washing will rectify this problem, fingers-crossed!

  13. Love it! I've been waiting to see what you'd do with that delicious stuff. :) Hope the shedding is fixed with the washing. It's too fun to not use.

  14. That’s so pretty Michele! I hope the shedding will be gone after washing!

  15. Loving this scarf Michele! Been wondering what you would make with this colourful 'yarn'. I imagine after a wash it might just stop 'shedding'. Looking forward to seeing what you make next with this fun yarn :)

  16. I bet washing it will make it soft and fluffy kind of like the chenilling process.

  17. superb ! How lucky you are to manage to knit during travels in car .... I have tried , but had to stop .... and I hate just sitting and not having my hands busy ...

  18. I have made many miniature rag rugs over the years using a similar technique that I found in a vintage stitching book from around the 30s I think it was.
    They used fabrics cut into long 1" wide lengths and whatever wool they had to hand.
    It was to make bath mats but it seemed a fine idea for knitting a rag rug and for miniaturising with scaled down strips of fabrics. I used finely cut Liberty Lawn, cut on the bias so it didnt fray very much at all. Infact I sent the idea and how to pictures, and they were printed in one of the dolls house mags of the day, afew years back. Wonder if Ive still got a copy, will look!
    Anyway it involved casting on a base line, do a second row in garter stitch...if you used double knit for example for a scarf.........with your fabric yarn in this intance...
    Cast on required number of stitches for width of scarf.
    Then knit a first row across, either in the back of the stitches for a neat firm edge or just regularly for a more loose edge, maybe best for a scarf edging.

    Start rows with a knit stitch or two, then lay the fabric yarn end between that stitch and the next stitch..leaving the tail end at the front
    ( RS).
    Then knit a stitch, bring the fabric yarn back to the front, knit a stitch take it back to the back.....leaving an inch or two looped at the front (RS ).
    Continue this way so loops form at the front....for a flat in a rag rug right?
    But loop both sides if you want a fluffier, thicker scarf effect.
    You can knit more stitches between each looping if you want for a thinner finish to the scarf
    ( or rug).
    You can also stagger where you put the loops to balance the thickness of the fabric yarn, if you follow me?
    You can also knit a row of garter stitches between looping rows, so you are then looping on alternate rows which again makes it a thinner textured end fabric.
    You might like to give this way a try?
    Plus I expect there'd be less stress on the stitched/pieced fabric, so it would less likely shed any pieces?

  19. Me encantan tus trabajos son preciosos.
    te felicito

  20. Hi Michele...............I've pinned this item on my Pinterest it......please tell me how you prepare the fabric for this scarf!! I'm anxious to "get knitting"!

    With thanks,

    1. Hi Susan,

      If you take a look back at the following post...

      you'll notice that I took all my little quilt scraps and sewed them together one after another with the sewing machine to make the "fabric yarn". I tried to ensure that the width of the fabric in the yarn is close to the same from start to finish. But there is definitely variation.

      Then I knit it into a scarf. The yarn sheds a ton when you're knitting it up by the way. But then I washed it, and from what I've experienced, the scarf pretty much stopped shedding once washed.

      I hope that helps. Best of luck!


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