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Old 01-28-2010, 06:12 AM   #1
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Fabric knitting ? Advice please
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 ...

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


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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.
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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?
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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-Eas...4691722&sr=8-5
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Thanks for replies
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

Will be fun finding some cloth to use

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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-Eas...4691722&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 ...
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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 that might work.


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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..
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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/ima...fabri_knit.pdf
http://thesheepystuff.blogspot.com/2...ic-strips.html
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