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Upcycling Old Thrift Shop Knits

As avid knitters, there’s just something that always draws us to the knitwear section of any thrift shop or store, even if the piece there weren’t done by hand. There’s a part of us that wants to put every knitted garment to good use, even if that means changing its form. That’s why we’ve been considering upcycling some of the knitted pieces we’ve collected throughout the years that don’t get worn anymore, whether they were purchased or handmade! We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for all kinds of ways to upcycle old knitted pieces, from sweaters to scarves and beyond.

Are you feeling just as intrigued as we were, if not more, by the idea of turning your old kitted garments into something else? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!

1. How to recycle an old sweater into yarn

How to recycle an old sweater into yarn

Whether it’s an old homemade piece or something you bought, have you got an old knitted sweater that you adore the colour and yarn quality of but that just doesn’t fit anymore or simply hasn’t been worn in years? Well, what if we told you that you could quite easily turn that yarn into something else knitted that you might actually wear? Take a better look at this tutorial from A Common Sense Life for deconstructing knitted garments back into yarn balls that you can re-knit to see what we mean!

2. Sweater to cute lampshade

Sweater to cute lampshade

Are you the kind of knitwear lover who proudly displays your favourite hobby in your home whenever you can and would absolutely knit just about every piece of decor and furniture you owned if you could? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this sweater turned lampshade project outlined step by step on Amber Oliver a try!

3. Upcycled sweater Christmas ornaments

Upcycled sweater chrismtas ornaments

Is your favourite old wool sweater that never gets worn anymore actually made from more of a felted wool than a knitted one? Well, that’s useful for upcycling as well! We’d encourage you to take a look at how Swoodson Says made cut sections of their own old wool sweater into lovely little embellished Christmas ornaments in just a few simple steps.

4. Christmas wreath from an old wool scarf

Christmas wreath from an old wood scarf

Perhaps it’s not actually a sweater at all that you have to upcycle but rather an old knitted scarf that doesn’t get worn anymore but that you still appreciate the pattern and colour of? In that case, we think you might have better luck making something like this knitted door wreath featured in detail on One Fab Day! We like that you don’t have to cut into the knit and risk unraveling things to make this project happen; you’ll just do a bit of simple wrapping.