I first published this post about a year ago, but it’s such a great way to upcycle tees from the thrift store, I thought it worth re-posting!
One of our craft club challenges this summer was to upcycle an item into something to be used for a different purpose. Although knitting cloths from old clothes was not an original idea, it turned out to be a lovely little endeavor that I think I’ll stash away for a handmade Christmas gift for someone special.
I started with some tee shirts my son has outgrown (you Call of Duty fans, I hear you gasping as if I’ve committed blasphemy!)
The second step is to cut the tee shirts into long strips that can be tied together and wound into a ball. I followed this helpful tutorial on instructables.com. After some trial and error, I found that cutting the strips very narrow made knitting easier (I used a size 11 needle.) If you prefer wider strips, make sure you use a larger knitting needle (size 14). I also cast on 14 stitches instead of 10 suggested by the tutorial.
Cloths of any size and for any purpose can be knitted from old tee shirts, but I discovered a surprising use for these precious cloths – their chunky texture makes them perfect facial cloths that add a bit of exfoliation. Pair them with a luxury soap and they make a thoughtful and lovely gift.