Unraveling a sweater can take a lot of time and a lot of yarn can be wasted unless you know some tricks of the trade.
Send me your sweater and I will unravel it for you! I'll wash and condition the yarn and then hang it, unweighted, to air dry. This will remove most or all of the waves.
I'll wind your yarn into hanks or center-pull balls (your preference).
I can also create hanks (or balls) of uniform size, if desired. For example, you may want your yarn to stay just as it unraveled from the sweater in hanks of various sizes such as 302, 114, or 267 yards for example. Or, you may choose to have uniform hanks of 200 yards each. In either case, I will measure your yarn and you'll know exactly how much you have.
Many factors (such as size of sweater, weight of yarn, and construction methods) affect how much yarn can be harvested from one sweater. I typically harvest between 800 and 1800 yards from each sweater.
Please convo me before purchasing this listing. I can advise you if your sweater is able to be unraveled.
Here are some tips for finding sweaters that are suitable for unraveling.
1. The seams must be sewn together a certain way. Look for seams that have been chain-stitched together. If a seam has been serged or over-locked, it cannot be unraveled. You can see a picture of a good seam here: http://taddiebeeknitting.blogspot.com/2010/02/upcycled-knitting-projects.html
2. Pullovers will generally provide a greater harvest of yarn than cardigans. The fronts of cardigans are sometimes unusable. It's impossible to tell until you remove the zipper or buttonhole banding along the fronts.
3. Buttonholes, zippers, or pockets generally reduce the amount of usable yarn.
4. Name brand sweaters generally provide the best yarn, but some of my favorite finds have been unknown brands. If you like the look of the yarn, the color, and weight, you'll like the yarn.
5. However, if you like everything about the yarn, but not the color, you can consider dying it.
6. And if you like everything about the yarn, but not the fact that it is lace weight or fingering, you can double or triple the yarn to create a worsted weight yarn as you knit.
6. If the yarn has pilled from wear, your finished project will probably pill too. Look for yarn that appears to have good wear-ability.
7. Look also for felting. Any felted areas (such as in the underarm area) cannot be unraveled.
8. Remember to look in the men's clothing section. The bigger the sweater, the more yarn you'll have.
Now go out there and find that worsted weight cashmere sweater for $2!