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Topic: *ahem* Another question - how does one recycle yarn from a sweater?  (Read 1023 times)
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« on: July 17, 2010 07:03:06 PM »

Thanks in advance.  I keep looking at tutorials online, and I feel like my brain is pretty much damaged in regard to how to do this without killing/kicking puppies.

I bow down to the knitting gurus here!

The sweater in question is a cabled sweater from A and E.  It uses a crocheted join at the seams, and I'm so lost on how to unravel this stuff.  (I'm also not sure about the fiber content, but this sweater was part of a garage sale end of the day find...)
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010 09:44:57 PM »

Short answer.... very carefully.

Do it in the reverse order you put a sweater together. Take off the neck band first, then the sleeves and the body and sleeve seams. Sometimes you can find an end for the chain stitching that holds it together (not exactly crocheted, more like a slip st in crochet though), and if you can and unfasten it, they just zip off. Happens at the underarm usually. More than likely you will have to cut though, so take a pair of cuticle or embroidery scissors that have small tips to snip through one of the chains and it'll unzip or you pick it out, depends where you snip. Usually you can tell by the direction of the chain.
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2010 11:19:06 PM »

Thanks for the tips.

I'd tackle it tomorrow!
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2010 07:40:53 AM »

I've only recycled yarn once, but here are the tutes I found helpful...

http://www.neauveau.com/recycledyarn.html
http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/thrifty.html
http://laughingpurplegoldfish.blogspot.com/2008/10/recycling-yarn-from-jumper.html
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2010 03:24:51 PM »

I just used a seam ripper.
This is what I do:

Cut the thread along the seams. If it was yarn, cut the yarn.
Pull the seam yarn from wherever you cut. This exposes the edges.

Find the top of the knitting. Sometimes it is at the join of the sleeve. Sometimes it is at the cuff. Cut that area to expose the bind off. Then pull and pull and pull.
I use wool sweaters so that I could felt later on. So I don't worry about knots.
Or, I just knit two strands together overlapping, if one strand runs out.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2010 04:00:38 AM »

Ooh! I can help too!

Wind your yarn into hanks as you go, then tie them up neatly. I'm sure it has how to do this somewhere in one of the tutes. It will be all sproingy.

To get the sproings out, saturate your yarn in some water. Then hang them on the washing line until they're dry with something to weigh them and make them straight while they dry. I folded my hanks in half over the washing line and put a tin can in the bottom of them.

Also, if your yarn smells like wet sheep when you wet it, it's wool. Get a little bit of yarn and burn it, wool smells like burning hair, cotton smells like burning paper. Cotton will burn with a flame and leave a bit of grey ash. Wool will smoulder before forming a bead. Acrylic will form a hard black bead.
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