T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf

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Learn how to cut your own t-shirt yarn and arm knit an infinity scarf!

I love t-shirt redos because they’re always super cheap and rewarding. When I heard that you could cut strips of t-shirts to create your own “yarn”, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s quick and easy to create your own yarn, your cuts don’t need to be straight, nothing has to be measured, you can just go! I sat around with my t-shirt yarn for a while, wondering what I could make out of it. A lot of people crochet rugs or pot holders and I love the chunky look, but I wanted something to wear. Then, I found this video for arm knitting, and I thought this would be a perfect way to show off my homemade yarn:

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Simply Maggie

What You Need:

  • 2 XL T-Shirts (I used 2 of the same color, but you could mix and match for a colorblocked look.)
  • Scissors


Lay your shirt out flat with the bottom hem even on the front and back

Cut Hem

Cut off the bottom hem

Cut Strips

Start cutting a strip from one side about 1 inch thick


Keep cutting the strip until you are between 1/2 and 1 inch from the opposite edge


Cut another strip from the same side and stop at the same point, about 3/4 of an inch away from the opposite edge

Cut to Armpit

Repeat this step until you reach the armpit of your shirt. Cut that strip all the way across.

Open Edge

Open up the edge of the shirt that you didn’t cut. It should look like the photo above. Lay it as flat as possible.

Cut Diagonal

Starting from the top of your piece, even with where the cuts end on one side, cut a diagonal to the end of the cut at the other side.

Cut Next Strips

Continue along in the same pattern, cutting diagonally along the strips from one end to the other, along the dotted lines above. Once you reach the end, you should have one continuous strip of your very own T-shirt yarn! Repeat these steps with your second T-shirt. You can either tie or sew the edges together. Roll your yarn into a ball and you’re ready to follow the tutorial in the video above!

I decided that I wanted to wrap my scarf around my neck a couple of times for a more layered look since the yarn won’t be as sturdy as what is used in the video. I cast on 6 stitches and kept going until I ran out of yarn.

Sew the ends together and you’re ready to go!

T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf

After my yarn was done, the arm knitting took less than a half an hour to complete. You will literally be tied up for the duration of knitting, so make sure you have time set aside to only do this. Don’t put some cookies in the oven before starting!

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About Joselyn

I'm Joselyn, the Marketing Manager for CreateForLess. Though knitting is my true crafty love, I've been experimenting with all kinds of products and techniques for as long as I can remember. I also love my dog Kirby, baking, going to the beach, and creating all kinds of ice cream flavors. I'm a Portland native who loves the rainy Northwest weather that gives me an excuse to stay inside with my coffee, a bunch of movies, and my knitting.

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  2. Dorothy

    I keep seeing scarves made with T shirt yarn that isn’t…yarn-like. Mine is all wound up into balls, and as it’s wound, stretched enough that it sort of curls into itself, (a bit like loops for weaving potholders). My main issue, in any case, is that T shirt yarn makes serious lint, making it a really good project to work on outdoors. I’ve made dishcloths and potholders with T shirt yarn, or ‘tarn’ as some call it. The thickness varies according to the weight of the fabric and the width of the cut. Absolute favorite: old tie dyed T shirt yarn!! I made a crocheted bracelet from the last bits. I applaud your frugal creative nature.

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