Nov 9, 2012

On the Needles Friday- Extreme Makeover Edition

Last year I made this pullover, called Banstead.

I liked the pattern, and loved the yarn.  But I hate this sweater.  It is too big and horribly unflattering.  I wore it a couple of times last year, and then I wore it on Election Day. I was in denial because I had put so much work in, I wanted to be able to wear it.

So yesterday as I was driving around drinking a giant Wawa coffee, I formulated a plan for Extreme Sweater Makeover, the Banstead Edition.  I would shorten the  sweater, and make it into a cardigan.

I put in some basting stitches where I planned to cut, then I sewed 2 lines with my sewing machine just in from the basting .  Here is the sweater after I cut it:

So now I am knitting garter around the bottom edge, then button bands, and I'll have a new cardigan!
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Beth said...

What a fantastic idea!! I can't wait to see it when the makeover is finished!!

Judy D in AZ said...

Great save!!! I look forward to seeing the finsihed product.

Mary said...

Great idea for a makeover. I love cardigans.

Carolyn said...

You're so clever. I was thinking about some sweaters (store bought) that I gave away a few years ago because crew neck sweaters didn't give the heat from the hot flashes a place to escape. :) It occurred to me last week that I could have saved them by doing this!

Judy D in WA said...

OMG, you are a brave woman! I would never have the nerve to do that! I'm so glad you are able to save it because it is a fabulous sweater and oh so much work went into it. After the holidays, I'm going to tackle a sweater for myself again.