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i started with a thrifted old navy sweater (70% cotton, 30% wool, you better believe i’m using the rest of that yarn…).

upcycled legwarmers

made for a friend who moved further north in the middle of the winter and was all the colder for it. i don’t know how much use she’ll get out of them now that march seems to have turned into full-fledged summer. (don’t get me wrong, i’m loving every minute of the gorgeous weather, but the fact that the seasons aren’t acting right does make me a little uneasy…)

upcycled legwarmers

i knew she was jonesing for some legwarmers (like this or this, or this), so i kept my eye out at thrift stores until i found the right grey cabled sweater. (there was one false alarm… the sweater was too pretty to rip apart…)

upcycled legwarmers

i pulled out the seams (except for the sleeves), which has gotten a lot easier for me since reading this tutorial, and unraveled the shoulder of the sleeve, until it joined in the round. i used my size 7 double pointed needles, and picked up all of the live stitches, and proceeded to knit 2×2 ribbing in the round until i ran out of the yarn.

upcycled legwarmers

for non-knitters, there’s tutorials for reusing sweaters and just sewing, like this one right here.

upcycled legwarmers

i need to buy a sweater shaver…

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