Toward the end of last week, I wasn’t feeling very inspired. Maybe it was the high pollen count? Maybe it was the non-stop conversation with my three-year-old? Maybe I just needed a little creative break? I decided a few days on crafty autopilot would be good for me, so I grabbed a sweater and started unraveling.

sweater unravel crochet blanket

Since I only unravel when my “helpful” daughter isn’t around, I still have some of the original sweater to show you. This is one of my trade sweaters. I usually don’t mess with acrylic, but this sweater was so pretty and soft. Plus, it’s super bulky weight yarn and it’s working up fast.

sweater unravel crochet blanket

I’m crocheting a petite afghan with a simple granny square pattern. The yarn is even more lovely after being unraveled. The kinks are falling out as I crochet, so I’ve eliminated that whole soaking and drying step. I’m curious to see just how big it will get.

Has anyone ever gone from sweater to blanket? How did it work up for you?

recycle: I wonder how many people we could keep warm if we turned all of the sweaters destined for the landfill into comfy blankets?

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4 Responses to recycling a sweater directly into a blanket

  1. I’ve always wanted to try making a recycled sweater blanket. Where did you get the pattern?

  2. […] info: Original sweater and pattern details. Tagged with: afghan • blanket • granny square • petite • sweater • […]

  3. […] progress: I’ve picked up the granny square blanket again. I’ll keep going until I run out of sweater yarn. I think it will make a nice, thick […]

  4. lc says:

    I only unravel into balls and the use for knitting and crocheting. I have never straightened in between. If I have to wash a thrifted sweater, I wash it before unraveling, let it dry, and then unravel. It always works fine!