Making a rag rug with old t-shirts and a crochet hook:
Tighten the slip knots: Wind into a ball:
After you've wound your t-shirt yarn into a ball, begin crocheting.
I made a chain of about 40-50 with a size N hook and then began
single crochet. Whenever I would run out of a color on the yarn
ball, I would simply attach another yarn ball with the slip knot and keep going. I have included a close up shot of the single crochet t-shirt rug, as well as the work in progress at my feet. The strip of red is from one adult medium size sleeveless t-shirt, so one shirt does not go very far!
I ransacked the closets for t-shirts that are never seen on bodies in this house. I did not ransack my own closet, because I only hang in my closet clothes that I actually wear. When the man came home and found me happily cutting up shirts, he immediately went to the pile of folded t-shirts and began to protest. "This is a good shirt. Look at it! No holes or stains on it. Why would you want to cut this up?" When I showed him the rug in progress, he was instantly ready to head to his own and the boy's closets to gather more t-shirts, including ones that are still in wear rotation. He was amazed and transfixed by the process.
It is slow going, as one t-shirt does not go very far in the rug growth process. What lays at my feet is four t-shirts, one of which was long sleeved and I was able to get more loops out of the sleeves. I can tell you that my hand hurts like all get out from the cutting of t-shirts!
I did pick up Ingenue today. With all the crochet that I've been experimenting (badly) with lately, fun though it be, I needed to feel smart and accomplished and choose my more proficient art form. The body is now off of the needles with arms ready to start. I plan to get the arm stitches on the needles tomorrow.