Crafties / Et Al

5 Refashioned Sweater Articles to Inspire Your Own Cute Cardigans

It is a cardigan day in the Ozarks! Spring is in the air, but it’s the dreary, is-it-gonna-rain cloudy day that leaves most of us wanting to crawl back into bed. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from my “Refashioning Old, Misfit Sweaters Into Cute, Crocheted Cardigans” post last week, and today I’m going to follow up with some resources I found helpful in this little adventure. I hope they’ll be so helpful, you’ll get crazy with some of your old sweaters, too! (And of course, share some pics of them! Hmm, if enough of you share pics, I might just link to you!)

  1. Refashioning Sweaters via This gal (also a Sarah) shares a few of her sweaters and how she improved them with some crochet, edging, and buttons.
  2. Refashioned Sweater into Cardigan via EricaMakesStuff. Another example of how a basic cable-knit sweater can be turned into a cardigan. For this one, Erica uses fabric to add a collar.
  3. Easy Peasy Sweater Recon via One Pearl Button. I love this one because not only does Alli refashion her basic sweater into a cardigan, she also covers up soy sauce stains with fun embellishments.
  4. Sweater Refashions via Pins and Needles. These sweaters are a bit more fabric and a little less sweater when Summerset is finished with them, but they still offer lots of inspiration.
  5. Refashioned Cardigan Sweater via Lulu Bliss. A sweater from a thrift store that was a tad too small turned into something fabulous.

A few people have wondered where I developed my crochet and sewing skills, and since I’m a country girl at heart, I must confess that I learned to crochet (definitely) and sew (a little) through 4-H. (Actually, most of my sewing skills came from my mom and Aunt Kathy.) If you’re looking for some beginner resources, I recommend the 4-H pages on the University of Missouri Extension web site.

As I said before, if you decide to venture into sweater refashioning, please post some pictures on your blog and leave a link in the comments. I’d love to share your work with others!