How to Reuse Frogged Yarn

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects
Even experienced knitters can have projects go horribly wrong and end up frogging a substantial amount of yarn. I'm not talking about a scarf or a sock. I'm talking about frogging an entire sweater. Yep. I recently frogged an entire sweater.

Frogging: When you pull out a significant amount of stitches and yarn from a knit or crochet piece. Rip it! Rip it! Rip it!

When I was designing my Slipstream Cardigan, the shoulder did not turn out anything like I envision. It was horrible and here's the proof.

How to rescue and reuse yarn that you have frogged (ripped out) from a large knit or crochet project.

I knew I had to start over, but I couldn't just throw away eight beautiful skeins of yarn. That would be an epic waste. Instead, after a few tears were shed, I ripped out the entire thing.

How to Rescue Frogged Yarn

I hope you never have to do this because it is heartbreaking, but if you do, here's how I rescued my frogged yarn. This method would also work well if you were recycling yarn from a 2nd hand sweater for a knit or crochet project.

Materials

  • niddy noddy
  • string or scrap yarn
  • water
  • towel
  • drying rack
  • yarn winder

Directions

Start with the item you are frogging. In my case, here's the body of my sweater.

How to rescue and reuse yarn that you have frogged (ripped out) from a large knit or crochet project.

Find the end of the yarn and carefully un-knot it. Then start winding your yarn onto a niddy noddy.

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects

If you don't already have one, it's easy and inexpensive to make a niddy noddy out of PVC.

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects

When you reach the end of your yarn, secure both ends with pieces of string or scrap yarn.

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects

When you pull the yarn off the niddy noddy you will see it is very kinky. Knitting or crocheting with yarn like this will produce an unexpected results, so you need to make the yarn straight and smooth again.

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects

Simply soak the yarn in some tepid water. There's no need to agitate it, especially if it is wool and could felt. Just let the yarn absorb the water. Then, dump out or drain the water and gently press the yarn with your hands to get rid of some of the excess water.

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects

Lay the yarn on a thick towel and press out more of the moisture with your hands.

I hate frogging, but I love when I can reuse recycled yarn

Then, lay your yarn flat on a sweater drying rack and let it dry completely.

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects

After the yarn has dried, you can see that it has regained it's original shape and is almost ready for knitting or crocheting.

I recommend using a ball winder to cake your yarn.

How to rescue and reuse frogged or recycled yarn for knit and crochet projects

But if you don't have one, you can try my low-tech method for winding yarn by hand.

Finally, get out your hooks and needles because your yarn is ready to work with!

As I said earlier, a few tears were shed when I realized that I needed to frog an entire sweater, but I sure am happy that I did. Here's my Slipstream Cardigan after the redesign. I am thrilled with how it turned out. Definitely worth taking the time to redesign and re-knit this piece.

If you aren't happy with a piece you are working, don't be afraid to frog it and start over

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