Embellish Knit Month: Day 24

December 7, 2010

Is it that time of the year already?! Yes. I had to do a Christmas themed sweater! How could I not?! Peppermint is always the way to go. They are great colors to pair side by side and really seldom look appropriate but during this time of year.

I added a LOT of tiny knob buttons down the front of this sweater. AND made holes for each which was a little tedious but paid off in the end.
I loved the way the red and white twine looked like peppermints when rolled into circles. So I added a few to the neckline and then asymmetrically added them down the front next to the buttons.

I had this perfect red and white striped undershirt which I paired under the sweater to sort of frame the white as I didn't want it to look too washed out. The only thing better would have been a sheer red and white striped blouse with a bow necktie. If I could have found a sheer red and white striped material I would have added faux sleeves and bow tie but alas, I could not find any at JoAnn's. But if you were going to try and recreate this look that's what I would do. Maybe you could find some online somewhere.
 I also made a cute folded embellishment for the neckline and finished the raw edges with a blanket stitch. I think I might wear it for our Christmas get together later this month!

As for the 'before'. I forgot to take a picture of it before I cut it up the middle. But you get the picture. I looked like this, just not a cardigan.
1. Sew buttons down the front.
2. Sew button holes to match with the buttons. I used my hand buttonhole foot. See a tutorial on how to make buttonholes with a buttonhole foot here.
3. Then I made the rolled twine embellishments. To do this I cut a piece of circular felt and hot glued the twine in a sprial.
4. Then I sewed the spiral to the sweater and sewed the twin to the sweater and around the neck to the other side of the collar.
5. I went down to the bottom and added another spiral the same way I did the first.

I then added four more spirals the same way as I did the first two to the neckline of the sweater.
6. I then took a piece of red wool a little more than an inch wide and used a.....
7. ....blanket stitch to finish the raw edge. If your machine has a setting like #39 on my machine (see left picture) then you too can do a blanket stitch.
8. I then pleated it and sewed it down the middle.
9. Then sewed it to the neckline.


32 {comments}:

mommy Orkid Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

That is just so fun and so Christmasy! :) Love it!

Adin B

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

AH! Now this sweater is my favorite! I just love these posts ;)

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

So fun! Love this!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so incredibly cute!

Brianne said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all things peppermint! I'm not a huge fan of the pleated collar, but that's just because I'm crazy about having things stay away from my neck :)

PinkGranny said... Best Blogger Tips

Way to go! I can see the work you put into this project and it is so cute and festive. I think this is my favorite too.

twobutterflies said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the trim around the neckline!

banclothing said... Best Blogger Tips

SO beautiful for the holidays. I agree the buttons and button holes were well worth it although it must have been SOOO much work. I like this one because it's festive yet not in the least bit tacky.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

about how many yards for the twine??
this is to die for you are soooo smart!!

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MoveYourAsana said... Best Blogger Tips

i do love all your embellishments! my question is....when you hot glue something on to a garment, is it still washable/drycleanable?? or is it a one time wear?

shams said... Best Blogger Tips

I started reading your blog fairly recently but this is my first comment. OMG. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

Where do you buy red/white twine? I've never seen it.

Joanie Coyote said... Best Blogger Tips

Yay! This sweater makes me feel Christmasy...and a little hungry.

Ruhammie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I LOVE this one!! I have to go get me a white sweater now!!

Zinnia Cress said... Best Blogger Tips

hi! i've been following your blog for about a month and a half and must say- you are just too cute!!!

this is a great segment of redsigning your sweaters- so creative! :)i'm so swiping some of your ideas- hope you don't mind! heheh! :)

Maya Kuzman said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just gorgeous!!
Love the Christmas feel of it!

Tara-ComfyandPrettyBlog said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this embellish knit month series. You´re so creative.

Shelley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this one! I think this is my favorite sweater so far!!

Christy A. said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh! That is one pepper-minty sweater. Love it!

emzdot said... Best Blogger Tips

nice! when will you be doing another frock-by-friday? I'm still looking forward to the Madison dress...at least I think that was the next one on the list??

MJ said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute! very willy wonka :)

Casey said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't know how you keep doing it, but each sweater remake is better than the last!!! I'm a sucker for red and white together, and love how whimsical this one is! :)

♥ Casey | blog

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I rarely use this word, but that's just too darling to resist!

april's craft nest said... Best Blogger Tips

super duper fun! love the spirals. i do have a question though...i'm a newbie follower, so forgive me if it's been asked a million times before: i notice you use hot glue on your sweaters...can you wash them? that's a lot of pressure not to get them dirty after all the hard work!

Mary Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Really clever...to take it up and make this sweater everlasting Christmas, I'd use 100 percent wool felt (it won't shrink in the wash).

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Now that's FUN

jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Just curious, how do these sweaters turn out after you wash it?? especially with the hot glue.. will it stay intact? thank you

Girly said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it - I also would like to know where you got the red/white twine.

Terri H

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

You and your sweater are so adorable!

Peggy said... Best Blogger Tips

You are a genius!!!!

DesiLoop said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely transformation! Amazing! May I ask which sewing machine do you use?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great look!!! Love the darling yarn you used and those buttons all in a row-- just perfect!

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