It's hard to believe that just a few days ago this was a plain, grey, clearance rack sweater. Ever since I added the heart elbow patches to one of my old sweaters I have been dreaming up ways to transform other sweaters into something unique. Since most of the sweaters I like are either way too expensive or are time consuming knitting projects, it's great when I can use a little yarn to make a dream sweater come to life. Haha...dream sweater? Yes. I dream about sweaters.
I decided to combine my love of sweaters with my love of collars and make a cardigan look-alike. I have to admit, as the different parts of the makeover came together, I got really excited. When a doodle in my journal becomes a reality, in a small way, it is really rewarding.
I started by embroidering around the inside of the collar using a chain stitch. Then I measured the width of the neck and sketched a collar shape that I liked on a piece of paper. Next, I pinned the pieces of the collar to the sweater and embroidered all the way around, following the shape of the collar.
I crocheted the buttons by chaining 2 and then adding 6 single crochet to the second chain from the hook. I sewed the buttons down the front of the sweater. For the pockets, I simply knit two 4x4 inch squares and sewed them to the front.
I love how this project turned out! It is so fun to take an inexpensive sweater and make it my own.