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le vikki
« on: December 28, 2005 10:24:03 PM »

So, my boyfriend has this sweater that has these distressed patches in in, with another sweater layer underneath that shows through.


seeing as he won't let me steal it (smart man), i need to make my own, and HOW! i may make it into a long sweater/tunic/skirt thing, actually.......hmmmmm

any ideas on how to rip up an old sweater to do this awesome shredded sort of look without unravelling it to the core?
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2005 12:22:08 AM »

Lend it to your boyfriend for a while?

« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2005 05:35:22 PM »

Lend it to your boyfriend for a while?

haha that made me laugh! Maybe you could put it in the dryer??
le vikki
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2005 02:34:08 PM »

i'm thinking i might just gently snip out some of the threads and use sandpaper to rought it up a bit. we'll see, i'll post results.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2005 02:53:19 PM »

Yes, please, post results. I have an old purple sweater that would be a whole lot more amazing if it looked like that.

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2005 05:10:47 PM »

point of view from a knitter:

looks like the minisweater i made!

the close up is definatly dropped stiches i'm not sure your can recreate that with out doing it down the whole sweater (unless you can knit and pick up stitches which i'm assuming you can't) but maybe you could get that look if you snipped a thread and let the stich droped on one side then sewed above the stitch so the top doesn't unravel too

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2005 05:44:57 PM »

the thought of sandpaper on wool is way too much for my sensitive teeth to handle!!  Shocked

anyways, good luck with the sweater! I expect to see pics after the attempt.
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2006 05:38:29 PM »

it looks to me like it was just knitted like that, dropping stitches and picking them up again, so you could just knit the whole sweater....i would go with wokeupafraud's idea of cutting a thread and dropping stitches but you'd have to be pretty careful not to let it unravel too much horizontally, you would just want the stitches to separate vertically. i recommend sewing/tying/somehow connecting the cut threads as soon as you let one stitch go before it unravels too much.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2006 05:19:34 AM »

Its laddering like you get with tights(panty hose).
You need to snip a stitch and pull sideways to get it to ladder.
I guess if you sewed your backing fabric onto the sweater first all around the area you want to ladder and then do the laddering,the stitches holding the backing on would stop the laddering from spreading in any other direction so thats what I would do.
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