How to frog a half-done sweater in 3 minutes

I was so excited when Austen asked me to join the Classic Raglan KAL last week. But one thought kept nagging me as I pondered what colour and what type of yarn to pick for my new sweater. What about my Old Port?

This poor old girl was consigned to the Island of Misfit Knits about a year ago. I hadn’t been happy with her since Day 1. She looked way too small, the cast-on edge was a total mess (I’ve since learned the proper long-tail cast-on), and I definitely zigged where I should have zagged in many places.

The final straw came when I realized I had missed or added a stitch somewhere several rows back, thoroughly messing up my pattern repeats and my cables. So I decided it was time to say, “See you, Old Port. Hello, Classic Raglan.”

Frogging a half-done sweater like this is usually a headache. Hand-winding ball after ball of curly yarn is no way to spend a Saturday afternoon, so I decided to let (admittedly old-school) technology do the work.

How to frog a half-done sweater in 3 minutes

1. Place your wooly tube top over your yarn swift. Open the swift up a bit so the tube is taut but not overly stretched.

2. Attach the end of the working yarn to your ball winder. Start winding your little heart out.

3. Watch the swift spin and the tube top disappear. You may need to stop to untangle here and there, so spin the ball winder slowly and steadily.

4. When the first ball is big enough, cut the yarn and start a new one. You can make them whatever size you want.

5. Get ready to start something new. In my case, this pretty purple yarn is already turning into one very pretty, very simple new sweater.

Do you have another technique for frogging something like this? I’d love to know how you do it.