Embellish Knit Month: Day 7

November 8, 2010

I saw this Anthropologie sweater and thought it would be fairly easy to replicate. It is a chunky knit sweater. I don't know what the term would be for this type of knit but it's definitely not cable or ribbed.
I simply took some complimentary fabric and sewed it to the front. See before. And see full tutorial below.
1. First I cut off the ribbing at the bottom.
2. And sewed it to the middle.
3. I then took a 5" wide fabric and hemmed the sides.
4. I also added mustard yellow trim to the sides.
5. I sewed it just under the ribbing, then folded it under the sweater to the wrong side.
6. I did the same thing above the ribbing. Then I pinned the fabric close the collar and topstitched.
7. Then sewed on buttons three inches apart.

39 {comments}:

ButterPeanut said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, that is so cool! This is my favorite one yet of all the ones you've done.

Looks like the knit on that sweater is a mix of ribbing and seed stitch. That's neat!

Wifey & Hubs said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Kathleen - long time reader, first time commenter. You've really outdone yourself on this one. I love it. And you make it seem so simple, which after reading your instructions, it is. Thanks for all that you share with the rest of us!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I just adore all of the knit makeovers you are doing! Cardigans are my favorite part of cooler weather, so I'm really loving it :)

banclothing said... Best Blogger Tips

You are awesome! Everyday I can't wait to see what you are going to do next. You have an eye for creativity and it definitely shows.

Cassie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my favorite embellishment yet!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing transformation!

petite josette said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this refashion. I'd atually spotted an Anthro cardi as well last week (not sure if it's the same one as you cause your link only goes to the main page), and thought it would be a good inspiration for a cardi refashion...

Freedom Kezos said... Best Blogger Tips

very cool!

happyfamily said... Best Blogger Tips

This one is my favorite so far. I think that I would add buttons to the other side for that double breasted look

Gail said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this post. This is an alteration that I'd like to try. A great way to use up small pieces of fabric.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't normally leave comments but I have to say...you are a machine! Thank you for posting all of these tutorials, I can redo my entire closet of sweaters for the winter. Thanks again! I can't wait for your book to come out. :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Way to save $178!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a bunch of sweaters I would like to repurpose, but I always get hung up on exactly how to sew them. Do you use a stretch stitch? Zigzag? Is there any tips you can give for how to sew chunky knits like that? I can't find any information about it. Are they serged? If so, are there alternatives for those of us without sergers? I am seriously jealous of that sweater, by the way.

Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips

This one is just so awesome. Even better than the Anthro version.

morgandkim said... Best Blogger Tips

you make it look so simple. haha. your very talented. kim

KJ@letsgoflyakite said... Best Blogger Tips

This one was screaming love me and you carried it off!

Jacinta said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love this one. Definitely my favourite so far. I was wondering if you sewed the fabric on first - as in, making two long panels, then sewed the knit strip on top, would that work just the same?
Thanks, keep up the great inspiration!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I sewed the knit strip on first because I had originally intended to do something else with it but if I had to do it again I would sew the fabric on first and then the knit strip.

mommy Orkid Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love this idea! Brilliant! Hmmm.. I am gonna have to dig into my closet and find something that I can maybe turn into something fab like this. Maybe! hehehe.. thanks for sharing! I love it!

Adin B

CarrieCae said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this is my favorite one so far - it seems like the most dramatic transformation.

You inspired me to visit my local Goodwill, and I need some advice on getting past wearing someone elses old clothes. I couldn't do it, but everything you do seems so fabulous.

tu-ki-mu said... Best Blogger Tips

this is cardigan thebest of 7days.
It looks perfect!

ATate said... Best Blogger Tips

I am completely captivated by this undertaking of yours. Your coolness rating has shot through the roof.

chchoo said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh! I really like this one. Great job.

Christina said... Best Blogger Tips

Your's looks way better then Anthro's! Great job!

gsvee said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks great! I think I might do the same but use a frog at the belt line instead of all the buttons...

sadie fox said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, this is my favorite so far! I just might have to try this one out myself. COOL!

Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

This is fabulous!! I know what I'm going to be sewing tomorrow!!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Kat White said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous refashion. Great tutorial too. Can't wait to give it a shot.

Leeya Engel said... Best Blogger Tips

that is absolutely ridiculously cute!

Creative Mind said... Best Blogger Tips

This is super cute.. smart idea..thanks for the great tutorial...

Adventures in Dressmaking said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute!
Love how you added the waistband.

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I looove this sweater. You are so awesome for posting these tutorials! I never knew you could do so much with old sweaters, i'm mad at myself for donating our old ones last year. Question - Did you finish the sweater at the bottom after you cut off the ribbing? I always though knit would unravel if you cut it? maybe this is a dumb question, but I would really love to know. I have really benefited from your vast knowledge of sewing!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you!

Yes, I did. I just folded it under like any old hem and sewed. If you're worried about having it unravel when you wash it you could fold it over twice just make sure it doesn't look to short after you're done.

Claudia Almandoz Gerbolini said... Best Blogger Tips

Now this is pure genious.... me encanta!

emily b said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this! You are amazing. Plus, yours is so much better than the anthro sweater!

Renee said... Best Blogger Tips

This is one of my favorite knit embellisment you have done. I so enjoy your blog. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.


brite said... Best Blogger Tips

I've loved your embellish knit series, and finally got around to playing around with some Goodwill sweaters last night. I tried this design (minus the front fabric addition) to a thinner sweater, and while I love the overall look, the thinner sweater seemed to stretch when I finished it with the bias tape. Down the middle is a little stretched out (doesn't lay smoothly) as is the hem. The hem might be able to fixed by making it wider (?) but I'm not sure what I did wrong. Ideas? Suggestions?

B.Cheniful said... Best Blogger Tips

ugh oh....Listen, I know that i'm a little late to the party, but, ohmyGEEZ, you may have a blog-stalker on your hands! :) I mean that in the non-creepiest way possible! Your blog is amazing and incredibly inspiring. Thanks for that!

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

I love, love, love this!!!...and it's so perfect for fall. Super anxious to give it a try. As a non-sewer it looks like I could still pull it off. I posted a link to your project on my blog dwellinthebliss.blogspot.com check it out! Thanks!!!

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