Once I decided to unravel “Liesl,” I showed no mercy. As it was knit top down in one piece, the unraveling (from the bottom up) went quickly and smoothly.
I set up my old Louët skein winder, and, as I unraveled, I made skeins.
Unraveled knit yarn, as shown in the picture below, is rather kinky. (How kinky depends on the yarn, gauge and stitch pattern.) If you knit or crochet with yarn left in this state, both your gauge and the design pattern can be affected.
To do this, take a big stock pot, fill it up with tepid water and add a bit of mild liquid soap. (I’m partial to Eucalan.) After swishing the skeins around, let them soak and relax for a bit.
(Forewarned: If birds love to visit that tree, it could be unsafe to leave yarn drying underneath. I learned the hard way and had to rewash and dry several garments.)
Then onto my old Glimåkra umbrella swift the skeins went, and I wound them back into balls.