With all the holiday gift giving going on, you’re bound to receive a not-so-fabulous article of clothing. It will probably be from your Aunt Matilda who lives in another country and always sends gifts without receipts. Even though you’ve told Aunt Matilda countless times that you wear a size medium, she prefers buying you XXL sweaters. It’s impossible to get mad at Aunt Matilda. She did get you a present, after all. But when your knit sweater looks more like a sack of potatoes, something needs to be done.
It’s hard to see all the beautiful yarn go to waste. It might even be cashmere, for goodness’ sake! Never fear, Size Medium. That sweater can be salvaged. Well, the yarn can, at least. Welcome to the wonderful world of unraveling. With just a few snips, that buttery soft fiber can be spun into a tidy little ball of heaven. Never unraveled a sweater before? Me either!
It turns out Ashley Martineau has an awesome tutorial on how to unravel a sweater on her blog, Neauveau Fiber Art. It’s perfect for newbie unravel-ers and offers easy step-by-step instructions with clear images. I suggest you yarnies check it out. You can find Ashley’s tutorial here.
Once you’ve opened your mind to the possibility of unraveling, it seems like everywhere you look is a DIY project in the making. That adorable sweater you’ve since outgrown? Unravel it! That gorgeous silky knit top from your ex-boyfriend? Don’t burn it, unravel it! That weird sale item you came home with last week? Don’t return it, unravel it!
With a seemingly unlimited supply of recycled yarn, you’re going to need some easy knitting patterns to use it all up! Allow me to suggest a few:
Thrift Store Scarf Mittens – This adorable knit mittens pattern was taken from an old thrift store find. Scour your local Goodwill and see what treasures you can find!
45 Min Sari Ribbon Scarf – This beautiful knit scarf pattern reminds me of ocean seaweed – in a good way.
Resolution Lace Scarf – This gorgeous lace scarf is perfect for giving your outfit a little burst of color.
Silk Recycled Hat – This cute and quirky hat is sure to become your go-to unique accessory.
Blended, Not Stirred Cowl – My favorite part about this scarf is that it can look different each time you knit it.
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Do you have any knit sweaters you want to unravel?