Old Sweater Made New

I recently unearthed from the attic a bag of old wool sweaters and other wintery items from my days in Chicago.  Some pieces went directly in the donation bin, but a few sweaters made their way back into my closet or onto the studio table for a re-examination.  This white sweater still fit for the most part, but I never did like the long, narrow cowl on it, so I chopped it off and gave the neckline a crochet trim using chocolate brown wool. It didn’t seem fair to leave out the sleeves or the bottom, so they got reworked too.  The sleeves were always too long on me, so I just cuffed them over and crocheted them to the arms and then decorated the bottom with a simple scallop edging.  I didn’t really follow a tutorial for the edging, just sort of modified a basic scallop design. It curls out just a little more than I would like, but it still looks flattering enough.

And I couldn’t just toss away that old cowl…of course not!  Folded in half, it turned into the perfect size neck warmer for Levi.  Trimmed in single crochet  in a few fun colors, it came out quite nicely.  Now the trick was…would he wear it? Jackpot!! Not only did he ask to put it on, but he gave it the two thumbs up AND said it was pretty and warm. Now that’s what I call success.

I’ve been working on so many different projects lately, but this was the first that actually got finished.  I could make several posts on all that I have “in the works”, but I find it more satisfying to blog about a completed project. Although, that being said, I might only make one blog post a month if I followed that idea, so I will probably show off what’s in progress sooner than later.

What about you? I’d love to hear about or see what you have been working on…keeps the inspiration flowing!

  One thought on “Old Sweater Made New

  1. Donna Nemeth
    November 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    These turned out super cute!!

    • daraweyna
      November 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks, Auntie D! XO

  2. November 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

    you’re so brave! I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but I’ve been too chicken to cut into a sweater. I love the result!

    • daraweyna
      November 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Abby…the trick is to use a sweater that you’re not too attached to. It’s so liberating…give it a try. I’m sure you could whip up something really cute!

  3. November 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Oh my goodness, the sweater is beautiful with the brown trim, and the beautiful cowl is so cute on Levi! You are one creative, talented lady! I can’t wait to see more of your projects.

    • daraweyna
      November 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks!! XO

  4. November 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    So great! That is one gorgeous picture of Levi. The cowl is perfect for him.

    • daraweyna
      November 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks…he is pretty handsome, isn’t he?

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