Have you ever had a thread of yarn dangle off a sweater and start to unravel the garment? If you have a perfectly good sweater in your closet that hasn’t seen the light of day for a while, why not grab a tread and start to pull?
I’ve been going through my closets to free up precious storage space. My closet weeding dug up a pile of old wool sweaters and unfinished knitting projects. One of the sweaters had a hole peeking off the cuff. I started to pull, and soon found it immensely satisfying to keep ripping. As I watched the yarn mount up, I realized I could reuse the yarn to knit a new sweater! Once the sweater was transformed back to its original material – a skein of yarn, I’ve been reusing the yarn to make small knitted projects – hats, socks, scarves and bags.
How To Rip Out a Sweater and Reuse The Yarn:
Snip the bottom of the sweater. It will unravel as you pull. When you rip out a knitted garment, the yarn may be stretched out and kinky. The yarn will need to be wound around something. The easiest way to do this is to use a yarn swift or a wool winder. If you don’t have either of those, tie an end to the side of a chair and wind the yarn around the chair as it unravels.
After you’ve enjoyed the liberating feeling of pulling apart a sweater, soak the sweater in cool water (don’t agitate in washing machine or the yarn will felt) with a small amount of mild eco-detergent.
Hang the hank of yarn to drip dry on a towel or clothes rack, or even place it over a showerhead (keep your floors dry). If the yarn is still kinky, when it is almost dry, wrap the yarn around a chair with a little tension.
Wind yarn into balls, grab your needles and start knitting!
Check This Out: Here is one of the most incredible videos I have ever seen on the subject of unraveling yarn!