How to Recycle Yarn from a Thrift-Store Sweater
October 4th, 2008 Email 62 users recommend When you're done ripping, you'll have hundreds of yards of brand-new yarn for knitting! Lee Meredith This example sweater is bulky yarn, so it'll be easier to see what's going on. Sometimes the edge will be machine sewn closed, so you'll have to make more cuts to get it started. Photo: Lee Meredith The most classic handmade holiday gift has to be the knit sweater, which is also one of the most ambitious. You'll Need: Thrifted sweater to unravel (details below)Seam ripperScissors (embroidery scissors can be helpful)Dish soap or shampooThese will help if you have them: niddy noddy, swift, ball winder Your first step is to find a sweater (or two) to unravel. Yardage: If you find a fantastic yarn but are not sure it'll be enough to complete your gift, I'd recommend finding another yarn of the same weight that could be added as a stripe in your sweater if needed. Seams: To get usable yarn, your sweater must have sewn or crocheted seams, not serged!