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.


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!


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.


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! 🙂


  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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