I use re-knitting as an umbrella term for a broad range of processes which can be carried out by individuals to alter existing items of knitwear. 

This resource comprises various re-knitting materials and tools that can be drawn on and combined in many different ways. 

I created this resource as part of my PhD research. You can read more about the project here.

About re-knitting

Find out more about the history and future of re-knitting.


The re-knitting process

This section describes the process of choosing, adapting and executing your re-knitting treatment, using the materials and tools in the resource.

There is a general description and more detailed 'how to' instructions for those new to design.


The re-knitting spectrum:

  • illustrates the full range of treatments that could be done to an existing item of knitwear
  • identifies the steps involved in each treatment


A treatment outlines a process which can be carried out to alter an existing item of knitwear.

There is a page for each re-knitting treatment, including...


Instructions for one or more methods for carrying out the treatment



Patterns to be used for the treatment



Advice on how to adapt the instructions and patterns selected for the treatment




Tools are factual things: calculations, tables and graphs. The tools will come in useful for most treatments, as they help you to figure out what yarn and needle to use, and to negotiate a change in gauge.


Steps are individual operations which are combined together to make a treatment. In this section you'll find advice on carrying out each re-knitting step. 


Tips and exercises

Tips on designing, gathered from a range of sources, are included here. The exercises help you to practise the design skills needed for a re-knitting project: mixing colours, altering stitch patterns etc. 



The gallery shows examples of completed re-knitting treatments.




Throughout this resource, I identify books with information that is particularly useful for the treatment, step or tip being discussed. These 'signposts' are indicated by the bookshelf icon!