Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Over the summer I started recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters to use in my knitting. Although the process takes some time, I feel it is completely worth it when I end up with 1,500 yards of yarn for a couple bucks. If you've never recycled sweater yarn before there are a couple of tutorials online and I will probably do one in the future as well. First you need the right kind of sweater (seams not serged) and then you need to cut the seams and deconstruct the pieces of the sweater. Then each piece is pulled apart and put onto a knitty noddy to create the skein. The skein then soaks in water and is hung and weighted to dry.
This yarn was recycled from a sparkly gray and silver sweater that was very unflattering. It is a very soft yarn and is lace weight. I hung onto it for a few months trying to figure what to do with so much yarn, and then I found the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig and fell in love. It's called featherweight because it is knit with lace weight yarn on larger needles which means it is very light and soft. The pattern calls for a size 6 needle but I had to go up to a 7 to get the gauge.
Because of how thin my recycled yarn is there were many times that it snapped as I was unraveling it from the sweater, so there were more breaks in the yarn than I wanted. It took a lot of patience because there were many rows I had to un-knit back to the beginning so that there wasn't a knot in the middle of the fabric. I'm so glad I took my time to make it right because it is turning out beautifully! Right now I am working on the sleeves and then I just have to knit the edge and weave in the ends. I'm so close, but have had very little time to sit down and work on it in the last few days. I can't wait to wear it!