How to Unravel a Sweater to Recycle Yarn

comments (11) April 22nd, 2010     

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Video Length: 9:58
Produced by: Ashley Martineau, Neauveau Fiber Arts

I made a online photo tutorial on How to Unravel a Sweater to Recycle Yarn in 2003 and it was published in Interweave Knits magazine as well as other magazines around the world. Unraveling sweaters is a great way to use yarn and re-create something new.

Here is the short video version of the tutorial. Happy Recycling!!

posted in: wearable, green, knitting, upcycling, spinning, unravel a sweater, recycle yarn

Comments (11)

GetSewing writes: Interesting!Some good tips. Thank you.
Posted: 9:53 pm on February 2nd
sdavisbook writes: oh I wished I had read this before I went to good will last weekend. Fell in love with a couple of sweaters that were to small.
Posted: 3:55 pm on January 21st
Aisles writes: I would suggest unpicking rather than cuting as you can easily cut the wrong strand. Yes it take's longer but it's worth the time taken.

If you do come across a 'bad seam' you don't have to cut it off take your time and undo it.

Make sure when you make your balls you pull the yarn tight this will help pull the 'curls' out of the yarn. Then store it away for a few weeks. The longer you leave it the easier it is to re knit or crochet up again.

Remember also whatever grade the yarn was orginally ie Aran, Chunky, Double knitting, 4ply etc etc once it's been unravelled it will lose some of it's orginal thickness and usually equals the next yarn size down.


Posted: 7:10 am on July 27th
imhstrom writes: Instead of tossing the yarn to the birds, which I'm not against, you can use the bits to stuff small pieces like amigurumi.
Posted: 2:05 pm on November 23rd
omgwtfnoway writes: Great! Just great! Thanx so much!!!!
Posted: 1:00 pm on May 26th
KristenNicole writes: I have used your instructions numerous times. This has been a great way to save money and be eco-friendly. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial.
Posted: 12:24 am on February 15th
deltagirl82 writes: How do you wash it and get the old yarn look out of it?
Posted: 8:34 pm on May 3rd
lwagner53 writes: I like this video, I think I will try this. I need to find the right sweater.
Posted: 7:30 pm on April 29th
KnitKnoodler writes: Thanks, Ashley, for the great video! I've been wanting to try this with a sweater and wasn't sure how to start.

IggyJingles - I sometimes use unraveled yarn for my plushies' hair, too (from the misfit plush toys pile)...it makes great kinky, curly hair, doesn't it? :)
Posted: 4:26 pm on April 23rd
variation writes: This is awesome! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting! ;-)
Posted: 2:46 pm on April 23rd
IggyJingles writes: I use yarn for my Art Dolls' hair. Thanks for the tute.
Posted: 4:28 pm on April 22nd
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