Fearless knitting student Gillan wasn’t happy with her first attempt at the GAP-tastic cowl. She’d used a lighter-weight yarn than the pattern called for but hadn’t adjusted the number of stitches cast on. The result was a cowl that was too short and too snug when she doubled it.
She wanted to rip out the project and start over again but asked, “Will the yarn be shot?” No, indeed. While ripped out yarn, especially wool, will hold the shape of stitches, it needs just a bit of care — a soak and some careful drying — to help it recover and be ready to use for a new project.
Wind the ripped out yarn around your elbow & hand so you have a large loop.
Place the loop of yarn into a “bath” of tepid or cool water and let it have a good long soak (at least 20 mins).
Lift the loop out carefully (so it doesn’t tangle). Place on towel and roll to squeeze out water.
Allow the yarn to dry while it’s lightly stretched. To stretch, hang the loop from a hook or arm of a chair and place a can (soup, beans, tomatoes) in the bottom “sling” to stretch the yarn.
Let it hang until dry.
Here’s Gillan’s refreshed, rejuvenated yarn, ready for the second attempt.
And the finished product — lovely!