The process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn or thread using a crochet hook is called crochet. Schuyler Ellers, who runs the Lord von Schmitt Etsy shop, has designed blazingly colorful patterned shorts out of recycled materials. He adopted every style he could learn. Most of his pieces of art are made of recycled crochet afghans.
Check Ellers’ Etsy shop to see his collection!
“When I first learned to knit in Barcelona, Spain, I wanted to create something different from what I saw as ‘typical’ knit or crochet.” Schuyler Ellers said.
“After knitting for hours every day for several years, I eventually flashed on the idea of using afghans as a pre-made crochet textile. Recycling vintage crochets allowed me to create crochet garments with a speed which I had never imagined. It was like I jumped a level in a video game.”
There are capris and pants, too:
“I get orders for all kinds of sizes, from seemingly remote parts of the country and planet!! All I can say is crochet is universal, and anyone can rock a pair of these at any time. I wear them to sleep, and I also wear them to parties.”
“Nearly all afghans can be recycled but of course, some do work better than others. Densely crocheted afghans in bright color schemes, southwest designs, stripes and zig zags make the best shorts!”
“I have never crocheted shorts myself, nor have I ever made an afghan. I prefer to recycle an existing crochet than to start from scratch. That way the garments are affordable and eco-friendly.”
These shorts are available on Etsy.