Try as I might, I can’t just throw out knitwear that doesn’t fit any more. If it’s in good condition I might donate a piece to the op shop, but if it has felted I end up keeping it in the hopes I can refashion it into something else.
In the last few weeks I’ve transformed two pieces. First this origami bolero:
It was made up of rectangles, which I pulled apart. I widened a narrow piece with garter stitch, then attached all but one piece into a strip with some garter stitch ‘gathering’ to make a long, chunky scarf:
Close up of the garter stitch areas:
This cardy, which I dyed a little while back, was inspired by the above bolero. It too was made of rectangles:
The sleeves were too tight, so they’ve become a scarf:
The rest was knit from machine washable yarn, so it hasn’t shrunk:
So I’m thinking of replacing the rectangle that had formed the arms and back with either some ribbing knit on the Bond, or a looser sleeve/back piece of woven fabric. Inspired by this book, which arrived in the post last week: