Two new free patterns!

Treehugger Tutu

Hey moms (and dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents…!) Have you seen the FREE online knitting magazine Petite Purls?

It’s a really cute kids’ knits magazine edited by Allegra Wermuth of Fiddlesticknittng (who is also a designer, mom, and professional violinist!) and by Brandy Fortune of Pixie Purls (also a designer and mom!)

In this issue, I have two new patterns (1, 2,) both are gaugeless (meaning that you can use any yarn and come up with something that fits!) and both are knit using UPcycled Tshirt yarn! The first is the little “tutu” above, and the other is this little bib:

Tshirt yarn bib

This is Petite Purls’ GREEN issue, so all of the projects are knit using environmentally friendly yarns. There are also contributions by Vickie Howell and Betz White!

Here is a video that describes my projects:

And another one that shows you how to make your OWN Tshirt yarn:

If you’re interested in signing up for my ONLINE Upcycled Tshirt yarn class, it just started this week and there’s still plenty of time to sign up!

UP – cycled T-shirt yarn class
Learn to turn unwanted old (or new) t-shirts into a beautiful yarn that resembles expensive woven cotton tube-type yarns. I will show you how to create different weights of yarn, and to add effects to the yarn while you’re making it.

You will receive: A PDF booklet of four knitting patterns (click on More Photos under the mosaic above to see more examples of class projects,) as well as additional PDF handouts with further explanation and instruction as to how to create yarn from T-shirts, how to dye cotton yarn using natural and commercial dyes, and more.

Week 1 of the class will teach you to turn those old Tshirts, jersey bed sheets, or yardages of Tshirt-type fabric into yarn

Week 2 of the class will be “Dye Class.” You’ll learn how to use natural dyes like tea and coffee to give your yarn an organic, earthy feel. We’ll also see how to use commercial dyes like Rit and Dylon to add gorgeous bright color to the yarn and create special looks.

Week 3 of class will focus on projects for your yarns. Once you’ve created your t-shirt yarn, you’ve effectively RE-cycled your t-shirts, but our goal is to UPcycle. I’ll give you four patterns (leaf-shaped face cloths, lace wrap, lace triangle scarf, and lace shrug) that will use your new t-shirt yarn to its best advantage. I’ll even go one step further and show you how to package your knits into gorgeous gifts that any friend or relative would love to receive.

Week 4 of the class will be time for you to knit your projects and ask any additional questions, watch the videos, and generally finish up.
The class will be taught using a combination of pre-recorded video and PDF handouts. There is also a forum, in which you can ask questions at any time and meet other students who may be at a different point in the class.


More Tshirt Yarn projects and a video how-to

So we are well into week 2 of tshirt yarn class, and I’m really making a lot of projects!

Here’s a scarf that I knit, using a length of organic bamboo fabric that I cut into yarn. I overdyed it in tea! The tea stained the scarf in a really interesting way, and toned down the baby pink.

tea stained scarf

I also dyed this light pink yarn with tea:
tea-stained yarn drying

Here’s what it looked like fresh out of the dye bath:
tea stained tshirt yarn

It was light pink to begin with, and the tea added those darker tan spots. I can’t wait to see how this knits up!

Here’s a little video on how to use tea or coffee to dye things:

Find more videos like this on UPcycled Tshirt Yarn Class

How to join a new ball of yarn to your project (video post)

I’ve been so engrossed in “Fitted Raglan Shawl” class that I totally didn’t blog last week!

I was on such a video blog roll, too!

Well. I’ve got some stuff. I’m working on LOTS of videos for class, and I thought I’d share this one with all of you:

Find more videos like this on Fitted Raglan Shawl Class

We’ve been having some discussions in class about how and when to join new yarns. I was always taught to join at the edge of the knitting, but I think that if you use a splice (like the spit splice that I show you in the video) you can just join new yarn anyplace you run out and need to start a new ball. There are certainly as many ways to join / splice yarns as there are knitters, so if you google, you’ll find LOTS of techniques. These are the two that I use the most.

By the way, that’s Cascade 128 in a beautiful light blue, almost silver gray color. LOVE IT for this shawl. I use a bulkier yarn and bigger needles for the video examples so that everything shows up. I’ll add the directions for this bulkier version of the shawl to the pattern when I finish it.

Turn old Tshirts into yarn and FOUR great projects (video tutorial)

In the middle of preparing the “Mirth: A Fitted Raglan Shawl” class and pattern, I’ve had another idea for a class. I’m knitting along thinking of great spots to do videos, and then…poof! New Class Idea!

You know we just bought a house, and I’m packing and getting ready to move. I looked in my husband’s closet and found at least 50 Tshirts. Some of them are cool, like the “Black Flag: Loose Nut” Tshirt that I’ve commandeered for today (makes an awesome-looking preggo-belly!) Some, however, are really old and nasty, some are just lame free ones from various companies. I just don’t want to throw them all out! I’ve seen T-shirt yarn on Etsy, so I’m not the first person to think of this, BUT.

I made this video on the weekend:

I’ve decided to offer a class at

Making yarn out of old (or new) Tshirts is such an easy process in and of itself. I decided to show you how to do that for free in an tutorial. I see that there are already a few demos for this on YouTube… so now you’ll have my take on it! :)

(The video is also a description of the class that I’m offering.)

In class, we’ll go through how to not only make the yarn, but how to figure out what weight it is (worsted, DK, etc.) and then how to cut to get the weight of yarn you want, as well as how to cut so that you make “special effects” like thick and thin, fringe, etc.

In week 2, you’ll learn how to dye your yarn, using both natural and commercial dyes.

You’ll also get a PDF booklet of four projects so that you can actually USE your yarn! (It would defeat the purpose to just cut up the shirts and then have a bunch of yarn that you don’t know what to do with!) Week 3 of class will focus on tips and tricks for the four projects.

UPcycled t-shirt yarn class!
This is a great project to do with kids, as long as they’re old enough to work with sharp scissors.

And, like all of my online classes, you can work at your own pace. The material is available to you for three weeks, but you can go through everything all at once if you want to.