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Old 02-12-2007, 12:31 AM   #1
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Alternative Knitting Materials?
Having a bit of a quirky personality, and knowing a guy who knits some pretty cool stuff (mostly lace type knitting) out of kite string, I was wondering if there are any patterns or resources out there for knitting with alternative materials instead of yarn.

While at Wally World I was looking at fly fishing line and thought that it might make a pretty cool yarn to knit with. It would definitely be different.

I wonder what all one could use to knit with?
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Old 02-12-2007, 12:38 AM   #2
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In the book Weekend Knitting, by Melanie Falick, there's a pattern for a chair seat knitted from nylon cord. You can also knit with wire to make jewelry. I've even seen rugs and bags knitted from old T-shirts and plastic bags, respectively. I guess as long as it's a relatively long and flexible material, it's knitting fodder!
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Old 02-12-2007, 12:41 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by psammeadred
In the book Weekend Knitting, by Melanie Falick, there's a pattern for a chair seat knitted from nylon cord. You can also knit with wire to make jewelry. I've even seen rugs and bags knitted from old T-shirts and plastic bags, respectively. I guess as long as it's a relatively long and flexible material, it's knitting fodder!
Interesting. I used to do a lot of hand work with nylon parachute cord when I was in the service as I had free access to thousands of yards of the stuff and was pretty bored on long cruises. I used to craft keychain fobs, watch bands, and all sorts of silly stuff from it using nothing more than my hands and a sewing needle. It would make a handy knitting medium.

I'm going to have to look for that book.
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:22 AM   #4
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Mason, I think that Mason Dixon Knitting (another book that's awesome) might have some alternative materials in it--I know it has a lot of household type projects--not your typical garmet type stuff.

The DIY network has a show called Knitty Gritty and I've seen an episode on using plastic grocery bags to knit things and I know that there are patterns out there using hemp and similar materials...

Let us know if you find anything really cool!
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Thanks Cristy. I'm looking into hemp as I would like to knit myself a hemp shirt and maybe a pair of hemp sandals at some point.
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There are people who knit with wire too. And there are patterns out there for knitting with rafia.


btw... Mason Dixon knitting is at Michaels and they have that 40% coupon this week. In case anybody is interested!
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:36 AM   #7
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There are people who knit with wire too. And there are patterns out there for knitting with rafia.
Ok, I am feeling too lazy to google it. What the heck is rafia?


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btw... Mason Dixon knitting is at Michaels and they have that 40% coupon this week. In case anybody is interested!
You would have to tell me that.

I still haven't set foot in a Michael's yet. There isn't one here where I live and out on the road I just haven't yet had the opportunity. I am really looking forward to seeing one although my wallet cringes at the thought.
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy
Originally Posted by brendajos
There are people who knit with wire too. And there are patterns out there for knitting with rafia.
Ok, I am feeling too lazy to google it. What the heck is rafia?
It's a straw-like material, but I can't tell you exactly where it comes from.
http://mysticalley.com/berwick_ribbon_wraphia.html

Edit: Ok, this is what I found about it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raffia
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well as a farmer's kid, i would say the best description I could give it is that it looks like really long pieces of straw.... more flexible though.

people use it a lot for ribbons. I am pretty sure you have seen it you may just not know it.

http://mysticalley.com/berwick_ribbon_wraphia.html


Here like the straw lookin' stuff in this picture used as a bow on the wreath is raffia.
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lol looks like we both googled and found the same link first!
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