I have been wanting to try knitting something with t-shirt yarn since the day that I learned about it. Before I had never considered knitting with anything other than the yarn you can buy at stores, but you can pretty much use anything thats long and thin. You can even buy t-shirt yarn from some yarn companies now, but it’s usually sold as fabric yarn or jersey yarn. I didn’t have any t-shirts that I was willing to cut up to make my own fabric yarn, so I thought of either buying a piece of fabric or buying a sheet to cut up instead. I found this tutorial which shows clearly how to make yarn from a sheet, so I went shopping for a low cost sheet and I found one made out of jersey cotton, which is the same material t-shirts are made out of anyway. I followed the instructions that I just mentioned and I ended up with a giant ball of yarn.
I have so many ideas for this stuff, but the first thing I decided to do was make a triangle bikini top out of it. I love the way it turned out, even though if you wore it in the water it would probably take ages to dry. It’s super thick due to the thickness of the yarn, and I knit it with a very tight gauge so that it would be full coverage and nothing would show through!
The pattern for this top is available in my Ravelry shop. I didn’t include a pattern for bikini bottoms, because if I were to wear this swimming I would just pair it with any regular bottoms that I already owned. If you do try knitting matching bottoms for it then let me know, I’d love to hear how they turn out!