So, without further introduction … take it away, ladies …
For this craft you will need your fingers, a t-shirt, a pair of scissors or a rotary blade and a ruler (optional).
First step is to make the t-shirt yarn (tarn). Lay the shirt of your choice flat on a table. Smooth out any wrinkles and then cut across from armpit to armpit. We will use the lower part of the shirt for this craft.
Next fold the shirt almost in half, from one side to the other. Leave about an inch uncovered.
Using your scissors or rotary blade, cut the hem from the shirt and set aside. Then using your ruler, continue to cut across the shirt, from one side to the other but not cutting that last inch, about 1/4 inch thick strips.
You end up with this lovely pile of shredded shirt.
Open up the strips and smooth out the uncut portion. Using your scissors, make an angled cut from the center to the first strip.
Continue cutting across the center from strip to strip, until you have one long continuous strand to tarn.
Gently pull the t-shirt yarn between your hands, causing the yarn to roll up, from one end to the other. Now you are ready to knit!
Taking the tarn, hold one end by your thumb (shown here in the hand) then weave the ends over and under your fingers. Loop around the pinking and weave back to your thumb.
Each finger will have two loops.
Starting with the pinky, lift the bottom loop up and over the second loop and over the end of the finger, dropping the loop behind your finger.
Do this for each finger until you reach the first finger where you just pull the tail over and behind the work between the pointer and the middle finger. For all other rows just pull the loop up as normal.
Weave the tarn around your fingers again until you have two loops again, then drop the bottom loops over the top loop, over your finger and behind.
After a few rounds, you will have something that looks like this! Amazing!
Continue the weaving and dropping until you reach the length you desire.
When the necklace, bracelet, scarflette, whatever you are making is long enough we can begin finishing off. Don’t weave again, you will have just one set of loops on each finger. Take the loop from the pinky finger and pick it up and over to the ring finger. Pull the loop from the ring finger up and over.
Pull the loop from the ring finger up and over so there is only 1 loop on your ring finger. Move that loop over to the middle finger and repeat.
When you get to the last finger pull the loop over and up so you only have the one loop on your index finger. Trim your tail and pull it through the loop and tight to make a knot.
Weave in the ends. If you want it to be a loop knot your beginning tail and your ending tail together and weave in the ends.
A close up of the knitted necklace.
Kristina modeling her creations.
Kristina laughing at her mother for some reason. It wasn’t that funny really.
Hope you had fun learning a new craft with us today! Be warned making tarn and finger knitting with it can become addictive (and incredibly relaxing).
Thanks for crafting with us,
Kristina & Millie
Katie back … Thanks again to these ladies for a fun craft idea today! How fun! Stop on over to their blog and say hello!
As always … thanks so much for stopping by today! We’ll be headed home from vaca soon, but in the meantime, don’t forget to link up your fabulous projects in Cook It! Craft It! Share It! that went live last night! And … stop back tomorrow to see who our featured ‘Summer Spotlight’ blogger is this week (hint: she’s one of my faves!!).