Sooooo… I recently moved into an apartment that has more space, including an extra bathroom! (I’m for real grown now, y’all!) In my excitement about the move and wanting to share the experience, I invited my mom to come stay with me for a week and she agreed. In haste to get my mom to come check-out my joint, I’ve delayed, more like forgot, to actually supply the second bathroom with certain things… in short, I forgot everything outside of soap and TP.
I mean, who does that?!
I do. 🙂
My mom is going to be here in a few days, but I’m not worried because crochet has got me covered. Nope… I’m not making a shower curtain or towels (no one has time for that, so I will be buying those), but I am making a super cute bath mat out of t-shirt yarn!
What is t-shirt yarn?
Good question! To keep it short, it’s yarn that feels like a t-shirt. The kind I use is 90% recycled cotton and 10% other recycled fibers. It’s made by a company called Hoooked and it’s their lily white Zpagetti bobbin (they don’t call them skeins). I just want to let y’all know, I have no affiliation with the creators of Hoooked so all opinions in this post are my own. I do; however, get my Hoooked t-shirt yarn from my local yarn store, Yarngins, which is now totally online. You can get 10% off all t-shirt yarn products by using the coupon code Mac10. This affords y’all the chance to use this awesome yarn so you can experience what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
I like the fact that the yarn is soft like a t-shirt, but when crocheted, it’s solid enough to use to create a basket, pliable, but not hard. When it comes to cleaning it, you can throw it in the washer… like a t-shirt! I use a non-chlorine bleach and lay it flat to dry; however, I air dry most of my crocheted items like that to maintain their integrity for as long as possible. If you decide to put it in the dryer, dry it on a low heat.
This pattern was created to be simple enough for beginners, but once ReCreated, you’ll have a bath mat/rug that looks like it was purchased in the store.
Ready to get started? Sure, you are! You know you wanna make it…Let’s get to it!
Here’s what you’re going to need:
- 2 bobbins/skeins of t-shirt yarn (at least 262 yards;1 bobbin of Zpagetti is 121.233 yards)
- 16mm hook (I used a 20mm hook)
- Crochet needle – not pictured (wide loop – for sewing ends; I used a smaller crochet hook.)
- Row counter (optional)
Abbreviations you may need to know (All in USA terms):
- ch(s) – chain(s)
- sc – single crochet
- ea – each
- st(s) – stitch(es)
Gauge: 10 ch + 1 ch; 4 Rows sc = 9in x 4.5in
Finished Product = 29.5in x 21in
Note: This pattern doesn’t require a specific amount of chains to begin, so whatever you chain, add 1 extra chain to it before you start your first row.
Make your slip knot, then Ch 38 + 1
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Then 1 sc in ea ch across; this will give you 38 sts total.
Ch 1, Turn your work
Row 2: *1 sc in ea st across, ch 1, turn your work*
Repeat instructions in ** to Row 29 or to the height you prefer.
Finishing: Once Row 29 or your desired height is reached, ch 1, then pull the working yarn to tighten. Cut your working yarn at least 2in – 3in and sew in your ends of your working yarn and the tail from the slip knot.
Remember: you can get 10% off all t-shirt yarn products at Yarngins by using the code Mac10!
If you’ve ReCreated this pattern, post your pic in the comments section for all to see!