The before and after.
However, it is just me or are great cardigans harder to find than great jumpers? Especially when trying to find them in charity shops.
For a while I have been thinking about how to turn jumpers into cardigan. I had a go with a jersey sweatshirt and it turned out great just cutting in the middle. However, that was a dense woven jersey that doesn't fray. But cut into a knitted jumper and it will start unravelling faster than you can think "Shouldn't have done that".
So I consulted my best bud Google. And it came up with something called steeking. That involves some skills with a crochet hook, so let's face it, I wasn't going to do that. Time for some good ol' trial and error. (If somebody knows of a proper method of doing this, please get in touch!)
I found a gorgeous salmon pink jumper in a charity shop opposite my dentist last time I was there. But weird, weird shape. Like it was knitted for somebody with a looong torso, broad shoulders and tiny little arms. Perfect for this experiment! Read on.
- Binding (not pictured)
- Felt tip pen (not pictured)
- Sewing machine (not pictured)
- Needle and thread (not pictured)
Right, I seem to have lost my process photos (and which others I wonder?!), so all you get is a description. Luckily this is supersimple.
- Mark out the middle. This bit won't show on the final item, so I just used a felt tip marker.
- Zig zag a couple lines on both sides of the middle. The aim is that this will prevent unravelling. Cut between the zig zags.
- Sew on binding on each side. This can be bought ready made or be made. I made mine from left overs from this project.
While this is supereasy take care to not stretch the jumper when sewing. I did ok with one side, but the other definitely stretched, Ah well, still wearable.
Also, buttons. Personally, I don't ever button my cardigans unless they are very fitted, so didn't bother to think of a way to add buttons. However, if you want to, I guess you could make the binding wider and sew button holes through the binding. It's a guess, let me know if you try it.
I feel like Ferdinand the Bull in this photo.
My dream life: living in pastels, wearing pretty shoes, smelling the flowers and reading books.