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This is an Instructable on how to make yarn out of used bicycle inner tubes- perfect for everybody who has ever thought that their jumpers aren't rubbery enough.

Dead bike inner tubes are in abundance, ask your nearest bike shop or community bike workshop to give you some.

Not only can you knit (or crochet, sewing or whatever-else) for free, but you are reusing a waste material.

It is inspired by my favourite Instructable by Marcellahella- Knit With Inner Tube Thread

I have a few adjustments though, I feel my method makes the yarn a bit stronger.

You will need:

1 dead bike inner tube.
Scissors. (Not your best ones, this will blunt them rapidly.)
Piece of scrap cardboard.
Wooden knitting needles. (Preferably wooden but not essential.)

Step 1: Cut the Air Valve Out of the Tube.

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Start with an intact inner tube.

Cut the air valve out of the tube by snipping straight across the tube either side.

You don't need the air valve now.

You are now left with a long tube of rubber.
 
JulieD81 month ago

Decided to start knitting again after many years since I am laid up with a broken leg for awhile and seen this project. I know what I will be trying for my next project now! Thanks!

I dig this. I wonder if you could do something really interesting with it, like a seatcover or a top tube protector or something....I like where this is going.

Snotflower (author)  craftclarity1 year ago

Thanks- I am trying to knit hammocks for an outdoor event in a few months. Work in progress!

sabu.dawdy1 year ago

I like the idea of this

sursula1 year ago

do you have a picture of a finished project? that would be awesome!

apart from that, nice instructable!

Snotflower (author)  sursula1 year ago

No finished project as yet, I'm making lots of yarn for a yarn-bombing project, who are knitting an entire fish and chip shop. I am making tiles for the roof out of these. I'm far from an amazing knitter so I'll have to get practicing with this... I fancy a knitted rubber dress though.

Very cool! I would love to see a finished project too :)