(knitting would also work)
So here’s how it goes:
1) Start with some tights / footless tights / stockings that you don’t wear.
- a pair of berry-fuchsia tights (which I’ve worn for several years, but now are starting to come apart)
- a pair of dark purple knee-highs which were kind of okay but cut off my circulation
- some light grey stockings which I love but throughout the day they creep downwards which isn’t a good look
- … and two pairs of leggings – metallic purple and metallic dark grey – which turned out to be just a tiny bit too short and a tiny bit too translucent for me to be happy with them (but then, I bought them on sale for about £2 each, so that’s okay).
2) Get out your nice, sharp fabric scissors, if you have some! Sorry, I’m quite excited about mine. These were a present from my parents for Christmas 🙂 and this is the first time I’ve had occasion to use them. Sharp scissors make such a difference …
Start snipping tights into loops. It’s easiest if you can fold everything up so that you make a whole loop with each ‘snip’. You’ll have some big loops, from round the waist, and some smaller ones from the legs … it doesn’t matter, it all works :). I say make them about 1cm wide (they’ll roll up a bit). Like this:
I did this whilst watching Glee. Good times.
3) Once you have a big pile of loops, you want to start chaining them together – like in this e-how (which is showing how to link rubber bands together). Roll them up into a ball as you go along:
4) Now – you’re ready to crochet! I started by tying a knot in the end of the end loop and using that instead of making a slip knot – means I didn’t have an end to tie in:
I then went online and looked up single crochet as I couldn’t quite remember how it went … it’s easy enough to find tutorials; e.g. here’s one. I used the largest crochet hook I could find.
(That’s why you can see the corner of an iPad in this photo – I was using it to look up crochet advice)
When I started off I had half an idea of making a bit of a rug … because the material you create is dense and springy. But I realised that I wouldn’t have enough to make a decent rug from what I had here, besides which I didn’t really need one … and then I realised that I could make a neckpiece from it instead.
Like a collar, rather than a scarf, because I wouldn’t have enough for a scarf (and I wouldn’t want a scarf this dense and springy anyway, I think I’d hit things with it) but asymmetric and chunky and neat.
(The asymmetric kind of happened halfway through when I realised that I’d been accidentally decreasing a little bit by not working into every stitch on every row (hey, I’m a beginner at crochet …) and then I realised that I thought that worked). So I just kept going – deliberately decreasing, after I worked out that that’s what I wanted to do – and then ended a row with about 8 inches of tail, which I then used to sew up the end.
So now I have an enormous stretchy collar … and I think it’s cool. Definitely something I’ll wear. Look:
The nice thing is that because these were all tights that I bought and wore / really intended to wear, colour-wise they go with lots of my wardrobe … plus I have big fabric / leather / felt flowers that I can pin onto it to change it up a bit :).
What do you think? Do you have old tights / stockings lying around that you don’t want – I’d love to take them off your hands and make stuff, this could get addictive … would you have a go at this yourself?