From Whoops into Warm!

I recently found out what happens when you Disobey the washing instructions on a woollen top.  Whoops! It shrunk and felted itself into a small, matted mess.

However it was a beautiful Autumnal, rich deep red colour and a warm, soft texture and I can’t bear throwing things away, so I couldn’t resist keeping it to see what I could do with it.

This is how I re-imagined and re-loved my shrunken jumper…

IMG_1505The great thing about felted knits is that you can cut them without having to hem the edges.  So I thought I’d have a go at creating a scarf/hood type thing for myself.

IMG_1506I cut the sleeves off and around the buttons in a kind of pointy way, obviously, being me, there was no template, measuring or symmetry.  This is what I like to think of as a very organic (chaotic) way of creating!

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I tried it over my head and decided it needed another point so I used the off cut bit from the back of the jumper between where I’d cut the points and stitched it on.  It looks a bit weird played out like this but once it’s draped over my shoulders it looks ok.  I had a ball of wool in complementary colours so I added a crocheted edge.

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It was a bit tricky to get the crochet needle through the felted knit so I used a skewer to help.

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I added a scalloped edge to the other end (that used to be the bottom of the jumper and is now the edge of the hood).  I love the way this wool subtly changes colour throughout.

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This is the finished result, I’m looking forward to wearing this when it gets colder.  It’ll liven up my boring winter coat too.  I may crochet a matching flower corsage to pin to it.

I love it when I save something from going into landfill and create something useful with it instead.

Namaste x

 

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