Sunday, October 4, 2009

IT'S CURTAINS...

Go here for the "IT'S CURTAINS" tutorial, pattern is on this page.
I took an old shower curtain and cut it into long strips going with the flow of the grain and then tied them all together to create a wonderful ball of fantastic fiber. I am now going to attempt to knit this into a bag.
Yarns suggested
Plastic Shower Curtain
“IT'S CURTAINS”
Thanks to someone with the capacity to utilize the left side of their brain sent this post to me:
Would this be a good time to mention that if you had cut within an inch or two of the side going from left to right, then cut an inch higher going from right to left to within an inch or two of the other side, then repeat going in a zig zag across the curtain to the end, you might end up with a continuous strip of plastic curtain?
This from another smart left thinking person:
The shower curtain, whether new or used, would be easier to lay out; with a good rotary cutter, one could fold and cut it with fewer passes.*
“IT'S CURTAINS”
I took an old shower curtain and cut it into long strips going with the flow of the grain and then tied them all together to create a wonderful ball of fantastic fiber. I am now going to attempt to knit this into a bag.
“PLEASE, DO ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME”
Make sure no one is taking a shower when you decide to reuse your shower curtain.

DISCLAIMER: I know this is not a new idea, but the plastic bags don’t usually come in all these great colors and the prep work when using a shower curtain is much less time consuming. The results are virtually the same. Hugs, Gail
  
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  1. 3 shower curtains or plastic tablecloths. (Fabric of either two will work as well)  two for knitting and one for the lining, depending on the size you are going to make your bag.
  2. scissors
  3. powder
  4. US 11 straights and US 13 circular knitting needles
  5. darning needle
  6. 1 stitch marker
  7. You will need to add straps one or two is totally up to you.
  8. grommets
HERE'S HOW:
With US 11 straight needles CO 50 stitches
  • Rows 1-10 Knit stockinette stitch. (Knit one row, purl next row, continue until you have 10 rows in all.)
  • Then you are going to change to your US 13 circular needles and pick up approx 100 stitches working from your stitch marker, P/U stitches completely around the base, which is now going to be the bottom of your bag.
  • When you have all your stitches picked up you are going to join as to work in the round. Continuing in stockinette stitch for approx  10"-12" depending on how big you want your shower curtain bag to be. Or depending how much shower curtain yarn you have. 
  • Once you have knit your desired length and or size of your bag BO all your stitches. 
  • Now for the top portion of your shower curtain bag you can use the top portion of the shower curtain that usually has grommets. That way you can make a drawstring closure for that extra touch. 
  • Straps can be made using the same technique as your bag or you can add whatever type of strap you please. 











6 comments:

HavetoomuchYarn said...

Came here from Ravelry. This is way cool! The colour choices available are limitless. That is one problem with the plasic bags, it is hard to find enough to make a contrast.

Hugs,
HavetoomuchYarn

STRJKTKNITTING said...

Thanks HavetoomuchYarn, I appreciate that. I can't wait to get patterned shower curtains. Hugs, Gail

Diane said...

liked this alot, i used the supermarket bags to make one but had to use 100 of them to make a medium sized bag and the colours are horrid, this is way better

Texicanwife said...

Just found you from Ravelry. What a GREAT idea! I've had to save for months to get enough bags to make everything I want... now I can get it all in one trip!

Ann said...

What a great idea! I have tried with the plastic bags, running into way too much work for the rather uninspiring results. This is a much better way to get there faster with less work, & hopefully have something interesting to carry!

redrumwriter63 said...

Although it does rather defeat the purpose of using plastic bags in the first place - to recycle them. Unless of course it is purchased from a thrift store or similar, then I suppose it would otherwise be thrown away.