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I love exploring different textile techniques. Lately I have discovered the possibility to knit with strips of fabric. Although I am not an advanced knitter by any means – I am far too impatient to become one -, I must say that I find knitting highly addictive.
Step 1 of making yarn: tear the fabric into strips
For knitting I use woven 100% cotton, like poplin. I turned the fabric into ‘yarn’ by cutting slits about 1,5cm apart across the selvedge of the fabric and ripping the fabric from each slit into strips. The benefit of woven cotton is that it is easy to tear it along the grain.
To get strips in different colours and shades, I dyed the fabric strips by hand.
Step 2 of making yarn: sew the strips together at the ends to make one very long strip.
I used a sewing machine to join the strips together at the ends. I do not knot because it will create bulk at the join.
I started knitting, using a needle size 10 mm
After winding the long strip into a ball, I started knitting, using a needle size 10 mm. I love the cast on method as shown above, because it lets me pick up the stitches easily and start knitting the other direction.
I find knitting highly addictive
When I was knitting, I found out a major disadvantage of using fabric strips: the enormous amount one need. Nevertheless, my first attempt became a cropped sweater.