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Topic: Small sweater to larger sweater with crochet edging - recon  (Read 2554 times)
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« on: December 09, 2009 08:41:44 AM »


Completed recon sweater.



I got this alpaca sweater from my sister.  I loved the color and the pattern, but it was too short on the sleeves, too small across the bust and the collar was small and not flattering.



I got the idea of improving it by adding crochet trim around all the edges, and I made it longer on the sleeves and added needed inches in the front.


First I cut out the zipper.  Then I turned in the corners of the collar and machine-stitched them to end up with a v-neck collar opening.


I used Lion Brand Incredible ribbon yarn. The hardest part was the first row, to single crochet the ribbon into the fine knit, which had to be with a small hook -- size 4.  I hooked into every other knit stitch and did a single crochet. After that, with a size G hook,  I did 3 more rows of single crochet across the bottom hem and at the collar.  At the sleeves I did 5 more rows and at the front edges I added 6 more rows.  Then I finished all the edges with a simple scallop (chain 5 and sc into every stitch).

It looked much better after I steam-blocked the crochet edging.  Here it is before the steaming (but it shows the finished sweater better, I think):

I used an enamel brooch I had (Tarjee') for the closure.  I'm very happy with the end result.  And so is my sister, knowing her sweater has a second (improved) life.
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2009 08:45:16 AM »

I love this recon combining crochet and sewing!  What a great save--and much improved!  It is nice that you were able to also get it to fit better!

Amazing how you found the perfect yarn to coordinate with the sweater!

Beautifully done!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009 09:31:53 AM »

Thank you so much for posting the detailed instructions. I am rather large in the bust and never seem to fine sweaters that fit me. I am going to give this a try on one I have had forever.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009 10:59:39 AM »

WOW! The end result is so  beautiful and definitely looks like something you'd find in one of those 'high end' boutiques!
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2009 11:22:04 AM »

Alpaca III sweaters are very expensive to begin with.  I think adding the handmade trim not only saved the sweater, but gave it a more artsy look--they tend to be pretty conservative, classic sweaters for the most part.

This might be my favorite recon this month!

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2009 11:49:01 AM »

That looks SO great! Fantastic way to reuse the sweater. It's always tough to make a loved clothing item BIGGER rather than smaller, so it's nice to see a creative new take on how to do that!
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2009 01:05:59 PM »

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.  I was glad to contribute, since I've gotten get great ideas from craftster.org also.
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