Sadly it’s been a while since I last posted. But! I have been crocheting a lot and the patterns will eventually be Uploaded. For now I leave you with a T-shirt yarn tutorial and a basket pattern that’s highly adaptable And very practical. There are many other tutorials for t-shirt yarn out there, so why not show you how I did it. The basket was an accidental color play and besides being cute, it’s very sturdy. We use it to keep our remotes in one place, but it can have a million different uses.
t-shirt yarn tutorial
making t-shirt yarn is easy! It can be summarized in 4 different steps:
1. Cut the t-shirt below the sleeves so you have just a tube of fabric
2. Fold the t-shirt over itself leaving about 1.5 inches of seam and then cut the length of the tube in strips, stopping at the fold.
3. Unfold and extend the t-shirt and cut the strips diagonally to obtain a continuous strip.
4. Taking about a foot at a time, stretch the fabric strip so it curls over itself. Roll your ball and you’re ready to knit.
T-shirt yarn hanging basket
Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to make a circle
Rd1: 12 dc in the circle (12)
Rd2: 2dc in each dc (24)
Rd3-Rd7: 1 dc in each (24)
Rd 8: 1dc in the first 8 stitches, chain 10 and skip 8 stitches, 1dc in each stitch til the end of the round
This last round is to make the handle. Even though you skip 8 stitches, I recommend you chain a bit more than that so you can hang the basket from something other than a hook.
To sew the button I pinched the t-shirt yarn and put it through the holes of the button pushing with a needle. You can easily tie a knot to hold the button in place. The knot will be pretty much invisible and it will be in the wrong side of your work. Because this is done with t-shirt yarn and a big hook, the chains have enough room to put the button through them so you don’t need to worry about making a buttonhole in the fabric.
I hope you enjoy your hanging basket!