As promised, I worked out a version of the "Twisted Loop Double Knit Reusable Duster" for T-Shirt yarn. In case you haven't heard of this yet, lots of people are making yarn from old t-shirts and using it for all kinds of things. As most of us have used a t-shirt or two for dusting, upcycling a t-shirt into the knitted duster cover seemed like a good thing.
dyed it first using a weak solution of Rit dye - sunshine orange. To get the streaking effect, I balled up the dry shirt and put it in the dye bath. OK - truth is, I totally forgot to wet the shirt first, per the instructions. but I really like the effect. I then cut roughly 1" wide strips by spiral cutting up the body of the shirt. Stretching the cut strip causes it to roll in on itself, forming the "yarn". This yields about 30 yards or so. The following duster used just about all the tarn from the shirt.
I used US size 15 (10 mm) needles (I had some double points that were just the right length). Gauge is not critical on this project - use a needle size that is comfortable for you knitting with this yarn. I found it hard to stay loose - a metal needle is probably better than wood or plastic.
See definitions and key to abbreviations in the original duster post below.
Cast on 9 stitches - I used long tail over two needles - a loose cast on helps with the next row
Set-up row: K1, Kfb2, K3, Kfb2, K1 (13 stitches)
Row 1: K1, TLS1, Sf1, TLS1, K1, TLS3, K1, TLS1, Sf1, TLS1, K1
Row 2: K1, Sf1, Kb1, Sf1, P1, Sf1, P1, Sf1, P1, Sf1, Kb1, Sf1, K1
Repeat rows 1-2 until piece measures about 5 inches - or you have about 0.5 to 1 yard of tarn left ending on row 2.
Finish Row - K1, K2tog2, K3, K2tog2, K1
Bind off all stitches knitwise.
Weave in ends. Slip the wand of the duster through the slip stitch loops on the back and dust on. NOTE - if using dyed yarn, wash separately or with dark colors as the dye can definitely run on cottons.
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