If you are like me and you can't stand to waste even the tiniest pieces of yarn, you'll surely appreciate this suggestion: make a ball of yarn using up all those little pieces, or not so little pieces. You know the tiny bits left over, or in my case the scraps that you cut off after weaving in the ends. Sometimes that pile of ends that you've just cut off your project can be quite large, and really, a shame to just toss in the garbage! Now if you happen to think that I'm quite possibly off my rocker, then fine, I totally understand, use your time for something else, but if you identify with my query, then read on! (Oh and yes, if there are little scraps of t-shirt yarn to photograph that must mean some crocheting is going on? Yes indeed, hope to share soon!)
Last year I made a fun crocheted "shag rug" for some playmobile people (see below) by simply crocheting up a ball I'd made by tying together lots of little ends. And when I tied those pieces together I left the ends a bit long to that they would become part of the rug, fun right?Today I found myself with a pile of ends of t-shirt yarn, so rather than tie them together which results in huge unsightly knots, I spiced them together using a simple technique that all crocheters should know. And I have to say, I just love the look of this little piece, which I will add to over time, and use as a rug for a large doll, or maybe it will become a little basket, time will tell!
How To Spice T-Shirt Yarn Pieces:
- This technique is also used to join pieces of rags or sheets when making yarn from sheets, but it works especially well with knit fabric.
- Fold the end over onto itself and cut a small slit, but not to the end. You'll want a little hole. Do this to both pieces, A and B.
- Stick A through the hold of B, and then pull the end of A through its own hold, pulling snuggly.
Got it? Give it a try and you'll see what I mean, so simple and fabulous.
Note: If you are attaching say two balls of yarn, the hole made in one of the ends will have to be large enough so that the whole ball of yarn can be passed through the hole.