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DustyDeeDee
01-28-2010, 06:12 AM
Hi everyone, :)
I'm new to knitting, but fancy trying knitting with fabric, perhaps make some cushion covers, or a purse etc
Does anyone know if i can buy a kit or yarns for this in the UK please? think it would be about 5cm wide

Asking before i buy fabric (really don't fancy all that cutting) just to see if i like fabric knitting ... :aww:

thanks, and do love this site and admire all you great knitters :yay:


Dee xx

Mirl56
01-28-2010, 07:51 AM
Sorry, I don't know about shops in the UK that might carry this. They do exist, though. Over the past 1 or 2 I've seen fabric knitting kits at our local Walmarts here in the States. Seems they were usually for smallish projects - purses and such.

Years ago I had 4-5 yards of a cotton weight fabric. I made a skirt and then cut several yards into 1/2"-3/4" strips and knit a matching vest.

cacunn
01-28-2010, 10:23 AM
Not having done any fabric knitting, or seen information on this techniques my thoughts may be out of line.

Would ripping be quicker/easier than cutting?

sandy57th
01-28-2010, 11:16 AM
This is a good book about it, and the price for a used copy is only a couple of pounds: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fast-Fun-Easy-Fabric-Knitting/dp/1571203036/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264691722&sr=8-5

DustyDeeDee
01-28-2010, 01:09 PM
Thanks for replies :thumbsup:
and the book link will have a peek .. x

cacunn, I never thought about ripping, sounds a good idea! will it go straight? guess i could try it would be quicker ...

mmm looks like i'm going to have to do it myself!
was being lazy, and more interested in the knitting part :X:

Will be fun finding some cloth to use :woot:

thanks again,
Dee xx

DustyDeeDee
01-28-2010, 01:17 PM
This is a good book about it, and the price for a used copy is only a couple of pounds: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fast-Fun-Easy-Fabric-Knitting/dp/1571203036/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264691722&sr=8-5
Sandy, thanks have just ordered a copy of that book got a 2nd hand one for 3.75 as it was in the UK ...
Dee xx

cacunn
01-28-2010, 03:30 PM
cacunn, I never thought about ripping, sounds a good idea! will it go straight? guess i could try it would be quicker ...

When I sew a casual kilt for myself I rip the 6 plus yards rather then cut it. Works fine, you might have to pull the material a little to straighten it but it still save a lot of time.

Or if you are going to do a lot Joann Fabrics has a Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat393855&PRODID=xprd1025269) that might work.

http://www.joann.com/images/37/44/9/xprd374495_m.jpg
On sale for $59.99.

DustyDeeDee
01-28-2010, 06:18 PM
Oh! i like that machine would make some great edges by the looks too,
will bear that or something like it in mind, if i enjoy and produce some items after a trail run..
many thanks

Dee xx

Mirl56
01-29-2010, 08:01 AM
When I made that sweater vest, I can't remember if I cut it with the grain or diagonal. Diagonal you would have to cut it, if you go with the grain ripping will work. I remember the edges of the 'fabric yarn' did have a bit of a 'fuzzy' edge as it it'd had been ripped, but that could have also developed over time by washing it. I made this back in the mid-70's and no longer have it.


http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art55994.asp
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf57812153.tip.html
http://www.unctv.org/foryourhome/images/psheet/2fabri_knit.pdf
http://thesheepystuff.blogspot.com/2009/03/in-progress-knitted-silk-fabric-strips.html