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Title: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 17, 2015 06:09:15 PM
I altered a store bought sweater to make TheManFlesh a Krampus sweater!

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/KrampusSweater02_zpsrtavux2e.jpg.html)

I remembered a decades old Martha Stewart Magazine craft about stitching with a needle and yarn over the existing knit of a sweater and decided to give it a whirl to make a tacky Krampus sweater. I used an image of a sweatshirt printed to look like a sweater as a guide, some yellow thread to mark the center of the sweater, and went to town. It took hours and hours and was kind of a pain in the @$$, but I am really pleased with how it turned out! The photo below is probably the most accurate color.

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/KrampusSweater01_zpslubnjdnr.jpg.html)

I might end up giving it to him early since we're going to a party on Sunday night and his last day of work for the year is tomorrow and we are staying home in Montana for the Christmas.

Here is a close up of the stitches. I used a sock-weight yarn. I don't knit or crochet, so that's about all I can tell you about the yarn other than it's a cotton blend and the sweater is a wool blend.

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/KrampusSweater03_zpsz7hcfqo4.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: AmyLynn98 on December 17, 2015 07:07:49 PM
That is ridiculously cool! It looks like a knit pattern but you basically cross stitched it! :) Rock on with your Krampus self! :)


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 17, 2015 08:05:59 PM
That is ridiculously cool! It looks like a knit pattern but you basically cross stitched it! :) Rock on with your Krampus self! :)

Thank you! Yup, "V" stitches!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: rackycoo on December 18, 2015 06:11:22 AM
So much awesome in this.


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: Treemoon on December 18, 2015 06:17:55 AM
OH my the quality of this is out of the world. Do you remember the link to the martha instructions. I am curious to try my hand at this.... so many possibilities if you make your own.... LOVE IT!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 18, 2015 06:42:16 AM
Thanks so much, you two!

OH my the quality of this is out of the world. Do you remember the link to the martha instructions. I am curious to try my hand at this.... so many possibilities if you make your own.... LOVE IT!

I saw it in her magazine, literally 18-20 years ago, and just remembered it. It was basically use the yarn you want to stitch over the Vs of the knitted item's existing stiches. That is what I did. I think one could used a cross stitch or latch hook pattern to make a design, but in my case the Vs of the sweater are wider than they are tall, so a pattern for stitches are the same height and width would need to be altered to compensate.


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: kittykill on December 18, 2015 11:54:15 AM
It turned out so great!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: craftADDchick on December 18, 2015 07:47:53 PM
I had to look up what a Krampus was, but now that I know, I really like the sweater! And, I love the technique that you used and I'd  like to give that a shot. Maybe I could make one of those trendy (or tacky) silhouette sweaters.


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: anderlance on December 19, 2015 01:43:20 AM
Best Christmas sweater ever!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 19, 2015 07:15:24 AM
I had to look up what a Krampus was, but now that I know, I really like the sweater! And, I love the technique that you used and I'd  like to give that a shot. Maybe I could make one of those trendy (or tacky) silhouette sweaters.

Thanks! Fun tradition, isn't it. I have been considering some trendy/tacky options for myself!

Best Christmas sweater ever!

Thank you!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: Wulf on December 19, 2015 03:34:36 PM
I can usually spot your posts just from the thumbnails, MistressT, but I didn't get this one! I don't think it's tacky at all - really it's coolness personified. And the technique is amazing - I wouldn't have spotted it as fake knitting, even in the close-up photo.

God bless Martha!

Wulf


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 19, 2015 04:26:50 PM
I can usually spot your posts just from the thumbnails, MistressT, but I didn't get this one! I don't think it's tacky at all - really it's coolness personified. And the technique is amazing - I wouldn't have spotted it as fake knitting, even in the close-up photo.

God bless Martha!

Wulf

Thanks, Wulf!  I think in person it is convincingly knitted-looking, at least from the outside. The inside is a hot mess! Gotta love good ol' Martha!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: underthemountain on December 20, 2015 06:05:51 PM
Awesomeness all around.  Bet your hubby LOVED it!  :)


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: Naturefreak on December 21, 2015 12:52:37 PM
Krampus! My husband wants us to go to a Krampus parade next year. Perhaps I'll be making him a shirt too, but a sweater like this looks a bit too ambitious. I love it and especially with the German text.


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 21, 2015 08:19:44 PM
Thanks y'all!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: omnomcat on December 22, 2015 06:14:51 AM
OH my the quality of this is out of the world. Do you remember the link to the martha instructions. I am curious to try my hand at this.... so many possibilities if you make your own.... LOVE IT!

This technique is called duplicate stitch and is widely used in knitting! :) Here's a good video on the technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cfmjyaaAdw


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 22, 2015 06:52:29 AM
OH my the quality of this is out of the world. Do you remember the link to the martha instructions. I am curious to try my hand at this.... so many possibilities if you make your own.... LOVE IT!

This technique is called duplicate stitch and is widely used in knitting! :) Here's a good video on the technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cfmjyaaAdw

Thanks for sharing this information! I'm a little nervous to look and see all the things I didn't do "right." But since I think I want to try it again, I should look, because it will probably make it easier.

ADDENDUM: Holy moly! That method would be way faster and easier than the way I went about stitching all those Vs! Next time...


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: omnomcat on December 22, 2015 08:00:11 AM
OH my the quality of this is out of the world. Do you remember the link to the martha instructions. I am curious to try my hand at this.... so many possibilities if you make your own.... LOVE IT!

This technique is called duplicate stitch and is widely used in knitting! :) Here's a good video on the technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cfmjyaaAdw

Thanks for sharing this information! I'm a little nervous to look and see all the things I didn't do "right." But since I think I want to try it again, I should look, because it will probably make it easier.

ADDENDUM: Holy moly! That method would be way faster and easier than the way I went about stitching all those Vs! Next time...

Ah well, I believe the only benefit to using the duplicate stitch method is saving some yarn. :) The final result you achieved was wonderful, regardless of the method.


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 22, 2015 08:13:28 AM
Ah well, I believe the only benefit to using the duplicate stitch method is saving some yarn. :) The final result you achieved was wonderful, regardless of the method.

I am pleased with the result, but I love efficiency and will try to remember this method if I ever tackle a project like this again!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: rackycoo on December 23, 2015 08:40:11 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! (https://www.craftster.org/blog/december-23-2015-featured-projects/) :)


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: TheMistressT on December 23, 2015 08:43:46 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! (https://www.craftster.org/blog/december-23-2015-featured-projects/) :)

YAHOO! Thanks!


Title: Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him!
Post by: LunarxLulu on March 31, 2016 10:52:35 AM
Super awesome job on this - very cool.