This elaborate contraption recycles old woolen items by taking them apart and re-purposing the yarn into alternate creations.

The National Center for Craft and Design has selected the un-knitting machine as one of the best student design projects of 2012. This highly unusual bicycle, designed to help recycle unwanted woollen clothes, unravels any clothing item back into its pre-knitted form.

Created by Kingston University’s Imogen Hedges, the student designer reveals the starting point for the project came from the discovery that some charity shops devote hours to unravelling home-knitted jumpers. The 22-year old from London’s Kingston University explains:

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