Monday, July 18, 2011

Tarn: Making the Print Show

Most of the time, tarn curls in on itself to show only the wrong side of the t-shirt fabric. This gives a nice, workable "yarn," but it doesn't allow the t-shirt print to show when you knit or crochet with it. Showing the print is a great way to add visual interest to a tarn rug, like the Tarnation Rectangle Rug.

There are two ways to solve the problem. My usual solution is to turn out the print side when I get to it while I'm working with the tarn. This takes some extra time, and it's a bit tedious--but with the way t-shirts are normally printed, you only have to do this for a few stitches, then there's a long stretch of unprinted tarn.

(The second way to solve this problem involves using a zig-zag cutting technique.)

Here's how to turn out the print while you are crocheting. Do this for every loop of the printed stitches. For example, for an sc (US term) stitch you will make 2 loops, each being made with a new turnout.

1. Fold the working tarn longwise so the printed side is showing.

2. Hold the fold in place with your non-dominant hand, and hook the tarn, keeping the fold intact under the crochet hook.

3. Carefully draw the loop through, making sure the printed side of the tarn is still showing.

You can find more tips for the Tarnation Rectangle Rug and Tarnation Oval Rug patterns in the following posts:
How to Make Tarn
Choosing Fabric for Tarn
Saving Your Hands and Arms When Using Tarn
Allover Print Tarn
Mending a Tarn Rug

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