Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Turned Tarn Rug


This rug is still a work-in-progress. I'm now far enough along to realize that if I use all of my shirts in this fabric for this rug, it will come out square, and I prefer rectangular rugs. So I turned it (conceptually) 90 degrees, and I'll add maybe 1-1/2 more shirts: the rest of the white, plus a navy blue shirt. Then I'll have 4 more shirts left to make a little oval rug out of: pink, red, gray, white. Okay, I can live with that.

You can download a free pattern for this rug from here:
Tarnation Rectangle Rug.

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12 comments:

  1. So how many rows do you get with each strip of fabric? I simply love recycling items to make something new and this one seems like a great one.

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  2. Actually, I haven't worked out the gauge yet, for this fabric and my hook. Will work on that.

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  3. I cut some t shirts into yarn. I need to cut up some shirts of different colors to make the rug I have in mind.

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  4. I just realized that if I did this, I'd have a black rug :( as the only T-shirts are DH's ...

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  5. Vivianne, if the t-shirts have any kind of print or design on them, you can use that for color... just turn out the tarn to the print side when you get to a section with print. It looks really cool against a black background. I think it would make an awesome rug.

    Here's a pic of my little tarn rug with some black that has the print showing:
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/pentalia/little-t-shirt-rug

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  6. It's looking really, really good! :)
    Do you have any idea when it might be done?

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  7. Wypad, thanks! I'm hoping it will be done in 2-3 days. Don't know if it will be ready for FO Friday this week, however. I need to get it into use ASAP.

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  8. That's looking very nice! I like the way the colors are coming out.

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  9. Looks great! Very smart to turn it. Sadly I wouldn't have thought of that. LOL

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  10. what a brilliant idea and a good use of old clothes. I feel a wardrobe cull coming on

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  11. Crystal, I figured out that one strip, which was flat-spiral-cut from the front of a shirt made 3 rows on this rug... that's 73 sts per row, in sc-back loop. When I produce the free pattern, I'll get a real gauge, but it's so variable for tarn--the weight of the fabric makes a big difference, printed sections, how wide it's cut, and of course, the hook.

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