Several weeks ago I posted about unraveling old sweaters for yarn, which is great fun! But now I have a warning to add. Check the side seams first… the seams that run from the armpit down to the bottom of the sweater… to make sure they are not cut!
I started to unravel a sweater only to find that the side seams had been cut and serged, rather than properly knit and sewn together. The result is that each row you rip out will be a separate piece of yarn. I checked a few other sweaters and, sure enough, I found more cut seams. So… learn from my mistake and check the seam first!
You can recognize the bad ones because there will usually be little ends of yarn sticking out all the way down the seam. They will also be serged rather than sewn. Here are some examples of the seams of sweaters that can and cannot be unraveled. But don’t let this scare you! Unraveling sweaters is fun!!