If you want to destroy my sweater…


I usually use the week of labor day as a deadline/reminder to start what ever knitting/crocheting projects I have planned for that year. It really works out perfectly as it gives me a couple of weeks to get a good work flow in what ever I am making. Then, I can finish the project or complete the bulk of it Conference weekend(First weekend in October) thus, completing my project by the time it starts to get cold.

Good yarn can be expensive and cheap yarn either doesn’t hold up or often looks home made(in a bad way). Good yarn at a specialty store can start at $12 an ounce and go as high as $80 and you always need a couple of ounces at least. I know what you are saying, “I can buy a sweater for less” Exactly!

A couple years ago I was getting rid of some outdated sweaters and found myself mourning over the fact that some of them had been my favorites. Suddenly I was struck with the idea of recycling the yarn in some of the good ones.


This years project will be for my girls. I found this picture of a bunny hat the other day and am using it as my inspiration.  I won’t do it exactly like the picture, but it will be close.  I decided to post this before I started so people could do the project with me it they wanted.

My girls told me they wanted “Pink” bunny hats so we went to good will for some yarn. Here is the sweater we found that seem to meet requirements.

Step One I washed the sweater and let it fully dry.

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Step Two I had to separate all the pieces, so I found where it was fastened off and started to unravel. This is usually the hardest part. The yarn used to sew the pieces together is usually half as thick as the yarn on the rest of the sweater and often breaks, so it can be tricky.

Step Three When the sweater is in pieces just start unraveling.

(Usually at this point I hand it off to my husband who loves to unravel the sweaters and he just rolls it directly into yarn ball. This yarn how ever is a little curly and can get tangled easily later on. That usually doesn’t bother me, but for those of you who don’t like that, I have steps Four and Five)

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Step Four Wrap the yarn around a book and then tie two small strings on either end of it to keep it from tangling.

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Step Five Soak the yarn in a bowl of cool water for a few minutes. DO NOT wring it out. Lightly squeeze most of the water out and then roll it up in a towel. (or you may throw it in the washing machine on JUST the spin cycle). Then lay it out flat to dry. I like to blow a fan on it to speed up the process. When dry, roll it up into balls.

This one sweater gave me a lot of yarn. I have enough yarn for two hats and then some, it cost me $2.99 and is a better quality than what I can find at the average craft store.

To start I will be knitting two basic earflap hats. I was going to add the pattern I am using to this blog, but I couldn’t find what I wanted so I am going to have to make it up as I go along. This is a simple project. If you want to follow along just find a basic hat pattern that you like. No ribbing or design. When my hats are don’t I will show then next steps.

Good Luck!

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5 Responses to If you want to destroy my sweater…

  1. Wow, quite interesting! As a student, I have many sweaters too but I have never tried that before. I should say you are more creative and active than I am. I will be willing to learn from you and may try to destroy my sweater personally.

  2. Tanya says:

    Wow, I forgot how to knit when my teacher moved LOL!!!

  3. oh wow! I am always so impressed, but this might beat all. I can’t wait to see the finished product 🙂

  4. I remember unravelling ‘old’ sweaters when I was a student. However, I think that you are far more creative than I ever was. I’m looking forward to seeing the hats.

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