There are plenty of other crazy knitting materials other than conventional yarn to knit with. We had a go with some at WW HQ and here's what happenned!
Lurking at the back of your kitchen drawer, string makes for a perfect knitting material. Long, of consistent thickness and smooth, it’s also incredibly strong and durable so the perfect choice for firm baskets and pots.
Thin beading wire is great fun to knit with, though a bit rough on your hands, with some lovely colours now being produced.
Use metal needles to save damaging any softer ones. Try threading on some beads before you start for added interest.
3. Tape measures
4. Video tape
Remember these? The tape inside is a videocassette is a shiny stretch of crackly Mylar, which knits up to make something completely unique. Make sure you don’t break open someone’s precious wedding video though, and be gentle as it snaps easily!
If you can resist munching the materials long enough to knit yourself something sweet (well there’s something we never thought we’d say!), tie strands of liquorice laces together. Knit with clean hands on clean knitting needles before devouring the finished item.
6. Plastic bags
Collect plastic shopping bags in some fun colours and slice each bag open so that it sits flat. Cut long horizontal slits from each edge to make long zigzags and knit away! Avoid using biodegradable bags or your knitting won’t last very long before it disintegrates.
Most fabrics can be made into crazy knitting materials. Cut into thin strips and allow for a little fraying at each edge or your work will become too fragile.
Fabrics that look the same on both sides work best for this.
There are even ready-made yarns now created from recycled T-shirts which save you the job of chopping them up yourself.
10. Glow-in-the-dark latex
You read it right! Not only are there a whole variety of rubber yarns now available on the market but also some of them glow in the dark! They tend to stick to your needles a bit, which is why they come with their very own lubricant (ooh-err!).
Waterproof plant pots, handbags and belts are great uses for this crazy knitting material.
This amazing technique actually involves knitting a model in wax which is used to make a mould for molten glass but the finished item is something very special indeed.
Most yarns are made from the hair of one animal or another, but did you know that you could knit with your own? Alternatively, save brushings from a beloved pet and spin into a yarn. It might take a while, though!
Leather thonging is usually produced in reels and has a suede side and a smooth side. As a result you can create some very stylish pieces of fabric using this crazy knitting material.
Give it a try yourself!
Our smart basket set is made from recycled T-shirt yarn. Download the pattern now at The Knitting Network or give our shop team a ring on 0800 024 1212 quoting product code WOWE14GY0002.