Win a Free Copy of Sweater Renewal

posted on August 15, 2008

UPDATE: Here are the winners! Please email your address to Congratulations!

  • Nephele
  • TheSockKnitter
  • Gloria Smith
  • Alice
  • Monica Davis

Gather your old sweaters, start your washing machines, and sharpen your scissors …

With this guide to redesigning, recycling, and renewing your wool sweaters, you’ll transform knits that have been felted-intentionally or otherwise-into fun, colorful, and eco-conscious sweaters, bags, and accessories.

In Sweater Renewal, Sharon Franco Rothschild goes green in full color, showing you how to rescue your old woolen knits and give them renewed life as felted creations. With little or no knitting experience, you can refashion blankets, sweaters, scarves, or even hand-knitted pieces into vibrant clothing, accessories, and home decor. The only requirement is that they are made of wool.

The 25 colorful, cheerful projects in Sweater Renewal incorporate a diverse range of skills-including felting, applique, crochet, sewing, and embroidery-and range from Short, Sweet & Simple Projects using felted sweaters, such as a cell phone holder and a Fair Isle digital camera case, to Knitted, Felted & Fantastic Projects that you knit and then felt, such as a purse and a felted scarf. Most can be finished in less than a day, some in a few hours.

Now is the time to go through your attic, basement, and even your closets to look for old blankets and sweaters to create beautiful clothing and accessories.

The book arrives in stores August 19. But why wait? We’re giving away five FREE copies. Just leave a comment below and tell us your favorite article of clothing to knit for babies. We’ll pick five and announce the winners on the blog this Friday.

Good luck!

— Shawn

Comments will be posted after review by blog moderators

Baby hats are definitely the most fun to knit.

Posted by: Mary at August 12, 2008 12:40 PM

I love making booties. There cute, quick and they always get the best reactions from the moms.

Posted by: Nephele at August 12, 2008 1:10 PM

My favorite article of clothing to knit for babies just has to be little cardigans. I adore a little light weight cotton cardigan that looks almost like a "swing" coat for a little girl. They're just perfect for a windy summer day, a warm fall day or any great day in between!

Posted by: monica davis at August 12, 2008 1:45 PM

My favorite thing to have knitted for babies so far is the Dragon Skin Wrap by Angela Hahn. Result was beautiful and it was interesting and challenging.

Posted by: May at August 12, 2008 2:17 PM

My Favorite item to knit for babies is to Crochet something from one of Candi Jensens books, or my own designs ( so far my knitting has been confined to blankets etc but am More than willing to learn & this bookis a great way to start because it's another GREEN book.

Already recycle everything anyone would accept and lets face it there are all those clothes that don't fit anymore and have not yet gone to our local homeless shelter. In today's world and the economy another way to save, reuse or recycle is More than Welcome!


Posted by: Pattianne Madeo at August 12, 2008 2:24 PM

I've certainly got the stack of sweaters to work with, I never throw anything away!

Posted by: Kitten with a Whiplash at August 12, 2008 3:05 PM

I like knitting baby booties. They're not much of an investment in case the new parents don't have time to fuss with the proper care of a handknit item.

Posted by: edina at August 12, 2008 3:25 PM


Posted by: LINDA at August 12, 2008 5:22 PM

I love knitting little jackets & hats, especially for coming home from the hospital!

Posted by: Lisa C at August 12, 2008 6:37 PM

I love knitting little jackets & hats, especially for coming home from the hospital!

Posted by: Lisa C at August 12, 2008 6:37 PM

Definitely, hats are the most fun!

Posted by: Gwendolyn at August 12, 2008 6:40 PM

I wish I could knit - but I would have to say as a young mom, my favorite thing for my daughter that was knitted was booties as they were one of the only things that I could get to stay on her feet :)

Posted by: Jill at August 12, 2008 8:23 PM

Well, IF I could knit, I'd knit tiny little baby hats with big, floppy flowers :)

Posted by: Tami B. at August 12, 2008 9:25 PM

Definitely love knitting little baby sweaters.

Posted by: joanne at August 12, 2008 9:28 PM

Wee sweet baby sweaters!

Posted by: Teresa at August 12, 2008 10:02 PM

I'd say little baby caps. They're so adorable.

Posted by: Nicole at August 12, 2008 10:23 PM

I love knitting baby sweaters, using a variety of yarns and styles. I like new, different and intereting patterns.

Posted by: carolyn at August 12, 2008 11:08 PM

booties and hats!

(test as well, is this now allowing us to post again?)

Posted by: turtle at August 12, 2008 11:29 PM

Definitely sweaters - because it is so satisfying to say "I knit a sweater" but it didn't take very long. But stick to cardigans to avoid head fit issues.

Posted by: Janelle at August 13, 2008 8:40 AM

I like knitting hats & little jackets, especially for the baby's arrival at home.

Posted by: Lisa C at August 13, 2008 11:05 AM

I don't knit much, but I crochet a ton. I love making blankets for the wee ones,

Posted by: Nicole Ferrara at August 14, 2008 1:42 AM

I love knitting baby hats, although Cat Bordhi's socks are a close second. Hats are quick and easy to knit for others, and can ususally be done using stash yarn.

Posted by: Maura at August 14, 2008 2:30 AM

I absolutely adore knitting booties or socks for babies! (but I bet you could have guessed that just looking @ my name, eh?)

Thank you for the contest! The book looks awesome!

Posted by: TheSockKnitter at August 14, 2008 6:02 AM

I like to knit baby caps, they are quic, i love the symmetry of working in the round, and the babies look so cute in them!

Posted by: Ryan at August 14, 2008 8:13 AM

I can't seem to make enough felted booties for all the babies that I know! The knitting is quick, the felting is magic and then I embroider tiny vines, flowers and french knots. Soft wool yarn makes them wearable on all but the hottest days. Several moms have told me that dolls are now wearing the booties and one special pair is hanging on the family Christmas tree as a special keepsake!
Thank you!

Posted by: Gloria Smith at August 14, 2008 9:29 AM

I like knitting baby cardigans with a single button or a simple tie closure.

Posted by: Andrea at August 14, 2008 10:33 AM

I love to make baby blankets (with matching booties and hats if I have time) they're traditional, not something the kid will grow out of right away (hey, everyone needs a blankie!), and they can be as easy or as difficult as you want them to be. I also love to knit toys since they're so much fun to make and give! Great question and contest, thanks!

Posted by: Lauren at August 14, 2008 12:27 PM

I love knitting for babies in any shape form or fashion. If I am knitting a blanket in the softest yarn....then that is my favorite. If I happen on a new yarn that patterns just a little differently and it becomes a hat....that is my favorite. If I happen on an interesting pattern of guessed it .....that is my favorite.

I live in a family that seems to produce new members at an amazing rate. But my favorite of all is knitting for the little one's that I have never or will never meet. Lately I have been knitting for the local hospital here at Ft Hood Texas. There are always babies coming in and lately someone in the same family is catching that plane that flies over my home on it's way to defend a way of life.

So I guess my favorite thing to knit for babies???......maybe just that little bit of love that goes into whatever happens to be on my needles.

always alice

Posted by: Alice at August 14, 2008 3:50 PM

I like knitting baby cardigans from old patterns and up dating them with new yarns and details. They knit up a lot faster than adult sweaters and then the baby has a custom item in their wardrobe.

Posted by: Rosemary at August 14, 2008 4:14 PM

bright colored, funky hats!!!

Posted by: wendy c at August 14, 2008 4:41 PM

My favorite knitting project for babies are "premmie caps" made with the softest yarn for the premature babies who are in the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit at our local hospital. Since these wee ones are born unexpectedly and are so tiny, they need special cuddley and warm caps. This is such a worthwhile project that I hope others will try it as well!

Posted by: Priscilla at August 14, 2008 10:13 PM

I love knitting blankets for babies - there is one I made that has become the blanket for her doll now that she is older

Posted by: Jeneane at August 15, 2008 12:16 AM

Bibs. Easy, portable and the new mommy can never have enough :^)

I just made a bakers dozen as a gift.


Posted by: Karen at August 15, 2008 10:54 AM

My favorite project for babies would be bibs knitted in the soft, pastel cotton colors and trimmed in white. Six or eight bibs makes a great gift! Love them!

Posted by: Kathie at August 18, 2008 8:05 AM

Too late for the giveaway, but I'll have to pick this up anyway. Now where did I pack away my old sweaters?!

Posted by: Marie @ Make and Takes at August 19, 2008 12:34 AM

Yay! Interesting.

Posted by: Pavliga at August 19, 2008 11:10 AM

My neighbor and friend makes the cutiest felted baby booties. Some are Mary Janes or even little piggies. She loves to knit and is very into felting right now. I love the idea of reusing old sweaters.

Posted by: Leslie at August 19, 2008 11:09 PM

Thank you very much for the great information-
Thanks 511 jackets

Posted by: 5.11 vest at August 29, 2008 12:01 PM

Booties -- Always gets Oohs and Aahs at the baby shower and they're small enough for my short knitting attention span.

Posted by: Aunt Betty at September 11, 2008 10:18 AM

I love to recycle sweaters, I deconstruct them back into yarn or use them as is. Fuzzy angora sweaters in natural colors make the cutest little bunnies. Knit a tight rectangle then sew and stuff with wool stuffing. They keep their warmth when babies hug them. They make a great shower gift. I have also made them for elderly friends who need a little extra love beside them when times are hard.
Thanks Karen

Posted by: Karen at September 11, 2008 12:15 PM

I love knitting, and it is so much fun making baby things. I have 14 great grand babies and 1 great great grand son. They keep me busy.

Posted by: Laura Immenschuh at November 14, 2008 3:48 AM