The first day of Spring is a little over five weeks away, but spring yarns are starting to arrive in store.
Boost your dreams of warmer weather by getting a start on your spring and summer knitting and crocheting!
In the southern part of the USA, where they don’t have two or more feet of snow on the ground, knitters and crocheters are falling in love with the new Tee Rag yarn from Euro Yarns.
Tee Rag is textile “yarn” created from strips of cotton fabric. As you can see in this picture from The Frayed Knot, a local yarn store in Savannah, Georgia, Tee Rag comes in both solid and print varieties.
A fun thing about this yarn is that it’s always a surprise what colors a store will receive, so if you see one you like you should snap it up! Your local yarn store owner might not be able to get it again.
Jennifer at The Frayed Knot tells me both staff and customers are excited about Tee Rag. “We have a large art college and they will be weaving with it and creating three dimensional sculptures,” she says. You can reach The Frayed Knot at 912-233-1240.
Tee Rag would count as a super bulky yarn, which makes for quick and fun projects. It also opens the door beyond knitting and crocheting.
Karen and I had a chance to play with some when some samples arrived in the warehouse back in October.
You can find the free pattern for the Tee Rag Scarf on our main website.
The scarves are simple to make by grouping strands of Tee Rag into pairs and creating a mesh with square knots.
The finished garment can be worn as a scarf, opened into a fun shawl, or wrapped around your waist for an interesting belt.
We’ve seen similar knotted scarves in stores for $90! It would be much more affordable to pick up a spool of Tee Rag at your local yarn store and make one yourself.
Tee Rag also lends itself to quick projects worked on big knitting needles and crochet hooks.
Sherri at Loops, a local yarn store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, crochet this great mini rug using two colors of Tee Rag.
She used the Mandala Rug pattern from Ravelry.
The Loops staff will be happy to help you select colors over the phone 1-877-LOOPSOK.
Check out this fun basket from The Needle Tree, a local yarn store in South Carolina. It works up quick on US 15 needles. They’ll be publishing the free pattern on Ravelry. You can reach The Needle Tree at (864) 235-6060.
Some of you might already use fabric strips for projects. Tee Rag allows you to go straight to the fun part of knitting, crochet, and weaving without the tedious task of cutting fabrics into strips.
Tee Rag is also a good choice for the arm knitting trend sweeping our community, as you can see in this picture from Papanana on Facebook.
If you aren’t in Georgia or Oklahoma to visit The Frayed Knot or Loops, give your own local yarn store a call to see if they have Tee Rag in stock.
What would you make with this fun fabric “yarn”?