T-shirt yarn rug

 The Problem: A bare bathroom floor that gets slippery when wet. DUN DUN DUN. No actually, I am a klutz. Which means I will eliminate a good number of bruises if I can cover this thing up.

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T-shirts cluttering up my closet. Seriously. I have no idea how one person has amassed as many T-shirts that I have.  I have 17 that I have collected for this project, and they are merely the blue, black, and grey ones. SHEESH!

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The Solution: Creating a T-shirt yarn rug! or two… I have two bathrooms in my apartment…… Hmmmmmm

I have been super into recycling lately.  Imagine a world with no landfills– everything gets reused, either in creative ways or not.  This is one way that I can recycle my old T-shirts in a way that provides me with something that will make my house more comfortable!

Materials needed:
About 6 unwanted T-shirts
Scissors- preferably cloth
Tape measure
Sharpie/black marker/writing utensil that shows up on T-shirts
Crochet hook- size Q (or whatever you have that works!)

Ok so. The “yarn.” I cut each T-shirt into 1 inch continuous strips.  (This is easier than it sounds.)

I measured one inch increments all the way from the bottom of the T-shirt (making dots with a marker)- moving laterally and doing it again about 4 times.  It doesn’t matter if you cut the lines perfectly straight as long as they are approximately the same width it will work.
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Next, you just have to  cut along the marks, until about an inch away from the edge of the tshirt.

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Apparently I need to practice my straight cutting marks! 😛 Doesn’t matter much, it will even out as long as they are roughly the same.  The next step is how you make a continuous string of t-shirt yarn. You must cut alongside the uncut side diagonally, creating a spiral pattern up the side of the T-shirt.

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Once a long string of t-shirt is cut, you just have to pull it a little and it will curl up into yarn

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Crochet squares:
Chain 20
Rows 1-17: single crochet across.
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I made 6 such squares, and then stitched them together using a needle and thread.

Finished product:

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Here goes nothing!

So… I am doing a cannonball into this blogpost thing.  I thought that I would start from the VERRRRY beginning.  That means, going over basic stitches.  These stitches can all then be built upon to form different textures and materials (like infinity scarves to dish cloths).  In honor of Packer game Sunday, I am obviously wearing my Packers jersey. Go Packers!

I am demonstrating how I hold my hook and yarn.  This is what works best for me, but it might be different for you!

Right hand- how I hold my hook
Right hand- how I hold my hook
palm of left hand- helps keep the yarn at the right tension
palm of left hand- helps keep the yarn at the right tension
Back of my left hand as I crochet
Back of my left hand as I crochet

In order to start any project, one must learn the chain stitch.  It is super easy so don’t be intimidated! My mom has crocheted entire scarves solely out of the chain stitch, and they look pretty awesome.

Yarn tied around the crochet hook
Yarn tied around the crochet hook

Hi oscar 😉

How I hold the yarn and the hook
How I hold the yarn and the hook
Hook the strand of yarn and pull through!
Hook the strand of yarn and pull through!
20 chain stitches completed
20 chain stitches completed

Now that you have a row to build on, there are four basic stitches that are very useful that I am going to demonstrate today.  They are the single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, and half double crochet.  After learning these stitches you can make almost anything!

Completed chain stitch
Put hook through the second chain from the hook, grab the yarn
You should have two loops on your hook
You should have two loops on your hook
Completed single crochet
Completed single crochet
Completed row of single crochet (on the chains)
Completed row of single crochet (on the chains)

Currently, I am making a sampler blanket by making sampler squares of whatever stitch I feel like learning at the time.  I have a color changing yarn that I wanted to see in single crochet, and I believe that it shows the yarn off beautifully!

single crochet block
single crochet block

The next important stitch to learn is the double crochet.  It is very similar to the single crochet, just taller.

Chain two, insert hook into the second single crochet from hook
Chain two, insert hook into the second single crochet from hook

It took me FOREVER to figure this out.  But you don’t start a row in the last single crochet of a row, or the one that has chains coming from it.  Chain to turn, and then start the row in the stitch that does not have a chain coming from it! (That way, your project won’t slowly get larger.)

Grab yarn and pull through, there should be three loops on hook
Grab yarn and pull through, there should be three loops on hook

Grab more yarn, pull through two loops, and then pull through two loops again.  and THAT is a double crochet.

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so helpful…..
Row of double crochet on a row of chains
Row of double crochet on a row of chains

As you can see, the double crochets are taller than the single crochets. (Also Oscar is being very helpful

The treble crochet is the same as the double crochet, you just wrap your yarn around your hook twice before putting it through the piece and puling yarn through.

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The rest proceeds the same as a double crochet, grab yarn then pull through two loops (3x).

Row of single crochets, followed by double crochets, followed by treble crochets.
Row of single crochets, followed by double crochets, followed by treble crochets.

Single and treble crochets can be crocheted alongside each other to form knobs, which gives texture.

The last common stitch is the half double crochet.

It is the same as the double crochet, just instead of pulling yarn through two loops twice, you pull yarn through the three loops once.  Photo on 10-18-15 at 10.28 AM

This piece shows a row of half double crochets on the row of treble crochets.

Finishing off work is very easy, just cut the yarn and then pull the crochet hook so it undoes the loop.

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finished!
finished!

I found this graphic to be very helpful to understanding the crochet stitches, so I will pass it along to you!

Crochet Cheat Sheet from Oombawka Design

provided by: http://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/04/crochet-cheat-sheet.html

Presented byyyy

Caiti and Oscar!

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