Scissors, camera, action …

A family member “helped” with the washing and felted my pure new wool cardigan. **Sigh**

Made in Sirdar Eco Wool DK, the once-swishy cardigan had seen its fair share of wear over the years, so didn’t really owe me anything. Even so, I was sad to see it misshapen, shrunken, and no longer wearable.

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Felted mishap

For a while, it sat on a shelf, taunting me. Throw it out? Compost heap?

I decided to reach for the scissors and see what I could make from it!

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No going back now!

To get me started with a quick project, I decided to turn the sleeves into mittens …

The transformation begins

The transformation begins

As the felted material was relatively inflexible, rustic mitts seemed to be appropriate, so I embroidered a flurry of simple snowflakes onto the backs, along with a border of blanket stitch to add some bold decoration in keeping with the wintery style. The chunky red buttons add a splash of colour, courtesy of my button jar.

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Two sides

They may not be the most fashionable items for days around town, but they are perfect for clearing the car on snowy days!

If I can, I intend to make a bag with the rest of the cardigan … Watch this space …

Have you repurposed a knitted item? What did you make? I’d love to hear about it!

🙂

 

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Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!
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11 Responses to Scissors, camera, action …

  1. MrsCraft says:

    Great idea, they look awesome. 😊 My repurposing efforts always seem to fail but I’ll keep trying.

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    • yarnsmithery says:

      Thanks 🙂 It’s fun to practice techniques and ideas on things that would otherwise be put on the scrap heap – I feel there’s less pressure to be perfect! Go for it! 🙂

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  2. LBJKnits says:

    I’ve cut felted sweaters into coasters. They work wonderfully.

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  3. Brittany says:

    What a good idea! I probably would’ve thrown my hands up and put the sweater in the trash. I have repurposed the yarn from a thrifted sweater. It’s therapeutic pulling out knitting that I didn’t do myself.

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  4. swissrose says:

    Brilliant – look forward to the next project with this (sorry about the cardigan, though!!).
    I am inspired by Lene from Dances with Wool blog, who has reworked a couple of garments, so my idea is to repurpose a turquoise coat with cherry red knitted inserts and embroidery… 🙂

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