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Help - Wool Sweater!

post #1 of 14
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I have a beloved old wool sweater that is now full of holes and beyond repair. Can anyone think of anything I could do with it? I hate the idea of throwing it away...
post #2 of 14
You could felt it and use it for a pad under babies/children for bed time or nap time. Or cut it up and sew a cute bag out of it or something else like a head band, etc.
post #3 of 14
Felt it!! Mittens from felted sweaters are AWESOME! You just use the sleeves, the sweater cuffs become the mitten cuff, trace the hand to size. You can cut strips for a matching scarf too. One thing i've done and liked is to cut small squares from different felted sweaters and sew them together into a patchwork blanket or scarf. You can just hold the pieces side by side and do a zigzag stitch, so it's super easy.

ETA: in case you've never felted, what I do is run it on a hot wash/cold rinse once or twice. Just dry in dryer.
post #4 of 14
you can unwravel it and use it to knit something new I have a friend who does this instead of buying new yarn she buys them at good will unwravles them and uses it to knit with
post #5 of 14
The easiest thing would be to cut it to shreds and use them as stuffing. But then you wouldn't get to see the wool anymore because it'd be inside whatever you stuff.
post #6 of 14

Reknit it!

Most definently reknit it into another item. Try www.youknitit.com there is a totally cute beanie with a brim/visor pattern. Recycle!
post #7 of 14
My mom just made a beautiful afghan out of some old wool sweaters she unraveled. It was very inspiring
post #8 of 14
You can also felt it and cut it into potholders/trivets.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Passioknit knitter View Post
Most definently reknit it into another item. Try www.youknitit.com there is a totally cute beanie with a brim/visor pattern. Recycle!
If it's got moth holes though the yarn strings won't be very long. I vote for felting it and then see what it wants to be!
post #10 of 14
I love working with old sweaters, and use the small scraps not suitable for sewing as stuffing for little soft toys. They usually end up being the long shredded pieces I make when I'm shaping designs with my scissors. I just started setting them aside, and before long I had a whole box of stuffing!
post #11 of 14
I'd be tempted to keep wearing it as a layering item, depending on how big the holes are of course.
I walk my dog when it's COLD and nobody can see what I've got on under my coat, I'd give almost anything to trade WalMart sweatshirts for wool!
post #12 of 14
Another vote for felting it . . . but I'd cut out wool insoles for winter boots and shoes from it.
post #13 of 14
I'd vote for felting too if there are holes.

Take care,
El
post #14 of 14
The kids and I are in the process of turning a wool sweater I got at the thrift store into play food. So far, we have slices of bread, crackers/cookies, tortillas, pancakes, and spaghetti. The neck is a crown for my little one.
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