Sweater to yarn to shawl refashion

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I have just finished what I think must be the ultimate refashioning project (at least of those I have done). I took a knitted merino sweater, frogged it, plied the very thin strand of yarn together using a Navaho 3-ply method, stretched it, washed it, made it into neat balls of yarn and finally knit a shawl with it.

The shawl was the first I have ever knitted. I joined Historic Crafts Echo Flower Shawl Knit-along where we were all knitting the same Estonian Lace pattern by Jenny Johnson Johnen. This has been my most successful knitting project so far and I love the result. I have already started my next lace shawl project, which if you are on Ravelry you can see here. If you want to read a bit more about Estonian Lace knitting have a look in the Historic Crafts archive.

I posted about the green merino yarn and my other yarn making project too.  If you are interested in making yarn from recycled sweaters I have written an introduction for this here on Grey Duckling.

13 Responses

  1. Eddie's Room
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    Thank you :-)

  2. e-supelek.com.pl
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    Beautiful shawl :)

  3. March knitting
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    […] given me the inspiration to do a knitting refashion again. This time it is not a complete ‘frog the sweater and knit a shawl of it refashion‘ but more a slight change to a handknit pullover I bought a while back from People Tree. I […]

  4. In the Hammock Blog
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    wow!! i’ve unraveled a sweater before to recycle the yarn, but it was way chunkier yarn than that is and even then I got so frustrated, I haven’t done it since!

    • eddieduckling
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      I’m sorry to hear about your frustrating experience with unravelling. I hope you feel like getting back on the horse and have better luck.  Eddie

  5. ida
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    imponerende… specielt at du orkede de indledende manøvrer… !!

    • Eddie
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      Mange tak Ida,
      Ja når man ikke har råd til at købe alt det garn så kan man jo blive nødt til at finde det på anden vis.

      Knus Eddie

  6. Cry
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    WOW-WOW-WOW!
    Beautiful
    do you sell these by any chance?
    I am amazed at your art of yarn!
    you should be so proud of yourself

    • eddieduckling
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      Thank you so much!

      I don’t sell them at the moment because the ones I am making now are from other people’s patterns. But I have been toying with the idea of making my own shawl pattern and knitting shawls to sell.

      But with the work included I recon I would have to sell them for £100 – £150 or something like that.

      What do you think?

      Eddie

  7. Jeanette Frump
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    That is a wonderful idea! The shawl is absolutely gorgeous, I really MUST learn to knit!

    • eddieduckling
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      Thank you Jeanette,

      You might not knit but you do some cool stuff none-the-less. I’m still in love with your embroidered bird on card.

      Eddie

  8. Cecile
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    And what a lovely drape on the finished shawl!
    I’ve decided I need to reblock my own Echo Flower from the same KAL, but need to stop wearing it long enough to do it…
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    • eddieduckling
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      Thank you Cecile. Your shawl is so cool too! I can’t wait to see it re-blocked.

      Eddie