Recycled Yarn. Deconstructed thrift store sweater by Adventures of a Pinner Blog
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recycled yarn – deconstructed thrift store sweater

I was over the moon excited to try this! I am a crochet addict and knitting newbie! I spend a pretty penny on yarn. You can check out my Etsy shop by following this link: LittleBlackDogKnits.

When I learned that you could collect yarn from deconstructed items I had to try it right away! I stopped by my favorite, local Goodwill and I found two sweaters made of nice yarn. There are three important things to keep in mind when you are looking for a garment to deconstruct:

1. Are the seams serged? If the garment has surged seams then you are not going to get a long strand of yarn. You will end up with many small pieces of yarn.

2. Does the weight of the yarn work for your projects?  It’s easy to overlook the yarn weight when it is nicely constructed into a garment. Make sure you inspect the piece to see if the yarn will actually work for you!

3. Are you happy with the type of yarn? On my mission I was strictly looking for 100% wool. At Goodwill prices this wool yarn is a steal! The garment tags are labeled so you can see what you are working with.

The sweater that I’m going to show is 100% Merino Wool and it only cost me $3.29! Fantastic!

Adventures of a Pinner Blog - recycled yarn - deconstructed thrift store sweater

Adventures of a Pinner Blog - recycled yarn - deconstructed thrift store sweater

Once you’ve found your garment to deconstruct you start at the seams. When you pull the seam you can see the tread connecting the two pieces.

Adventures of a Pinner Blog - recycled yarn - deconstructed thrift store sweater

Adventures of a Pinner Blog - recycled yarn, deconstructed thrift store sweater

 

When you have separated each piece of the sweater you can start unraveling! You need to find the start or end of each segment. It will look like this:

Adventures of a Pinner Blog - recycled yarn, deconstructed thrift store sweaterAdventures of a Pinner Blog - recycled yarn, deconstructed thrift store sweater

 

I was able to get three good size balls of yarn from this sweater! Once I use this yarn on a project I will share the finished product.

Adventures of a Pinner Blog - recycled yarn, deconstructed thrift store sweater

If you want further instruction check out the video below. This is the tutorial that I watched and she explains the process wonderfully!

Share your deconstruction stories with me! I love to hear about a great deal (: