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Holey Cowl

March 9, 2010

I mentioned a while ago that I was going to reknit a scarf which Melissa was given and had found too short to wear.  I figured there should be enough yarn in it for a nice cozy cowl.  It turned out that the 4 balls of yarn that made for an inadequate scarf were more than enough for this latest of neckwear trends, leaving a ball over for another project.

Knitting a cowl is easy, just cast on enough for a nice loose loop around your neck and knit in your preferred gauge, in the round, for about 14″ before casting off.  I landed up decreasing by 25% for the last 1″ so that the smaller circumference would keep closer to your neck for a cozier feel.  I used great big chunky needles which made the project really speedy.

Re-knitting is not a new idea — it just makes sense to carefully unravel a garment you don’t wear in order to make a new one that you will.  Now that spring is coming if you find yourself packing up your winter clothes and thinking: “I never wear that anymore…” you know just what to do.

If the unravelling part seems tedious, or if you don’t have any knitwear you don’t like you can often find sweater’s worth of yarn neatly unwound and balled back up for you on ebay.  If you don’t like to do the knitting part either,   one of our readers sent us a link to this great website reknit where Haik, a graphic designer, teams up with his mom to reknit your old and unloved sweaters into new objects of beauty.  They’re all sold out for march (nobody wants to set their mom up in a sweatshop) but there are great graphics and a gallery to browse in the meantime – and you can vote on what you want Haik’s mom to be knitting next!

–By Talia

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 8:28 am

    Love this- really fab yarn, too! Got to check out the reknit site- I tried unraveling a sari silk knit hat that I wasn’t wearing since it was too big, but the yarn was difficult to frog. I have a weird looking headband out of it, that I don’t wear in public…

    • March 9, 2010 2:12 pm

      thanks!
      Isn’t that sari silk yarn made from all sorts of odds ends of fabric, I bet that makes it really hard to deal with

  2. March 10, 2010 4:50 pm

    Lovely cowl — great choice of colors, they remind me of fall. Thanks for visiting my site. I’ve been browsing yours a bit — it’s fantastic!

    • March 10, 2010 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much: we’re so glad you like the site. And so glad to know yours, looking forward to following your posts — I put you in my feedly so I can keep track! t

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