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Topic: Easy Cabled Cowl from Thrifted Sweater  (Read 3163 times)
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« on: January 11, 2011 10:11:12 AM »

This is somewhat a recon, but I posted it here because it required knitting skills and I think it would be of interest to other knitters. I purchased a sweater from the thrift store that was in a high-quality cotton yarn and a beautiful cable pattern, but the sweater was in a short style that wasn't "me". I removed the sleeves and unravelled the sweater from the shoulders down to a point where the sweater measured about 12 inches from the bottom ribbing. I picked up the stitches onto a circular needle and joined them to work in the round. (You do not have to join them. You could work on each side separately and then sew the side seams, but I prefer to work in the round). I used the unravelled yarn from the neck and one of the sleeves to knit a ribbed border that matched the bottom of the sweater. The result is a cowl that can be worn in a number of ways. It was made from a large-sized sweater, so it can be worn over the shoulders in a shawl style or draped in front as shown in the "after" picture.  I like to reclaim beautiful knitted garments that are no longer in style but deserve to be seen and worn. I would love to hear your comments and to hear from anyone else who is doing this type of thing.

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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011 10:58:09 AM »

It looks great!! I hadn't ever tought of upcycling a sweater like that!. Good job!

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011 11:19:46 AM »

Ok, now that is an awesome way to get a quick cowl with just a bit of work instead of days.  I looks like something off the runway too!  I saw a sweater the other day at the thrift that I liked the pattern on but not the style I think I might have to make a trip back there to grab it up  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011 11:23:18 AM »

this is truly awesome and i'm totally jealous. you are such a recon-master. i bow to you Wink it looks so pretty! it's inspiring (and inspired!)

« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011 11:28:45 AM »

That's what I'm sayin'
And don't pass up the smaller sizes (even the kid's sizes) for a smaller cowl that "stands up" around your neck or fits just inside your coat collar. Sometimes all you have to do is pick up the stitches and bind off. Other times you may want to copy the pattern. I will post some other styles when I can get the pictures taken. I would love to see yours too if you try this.

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011 04:08:09 AM »

Oh you are clever! That looks so great!

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011 09:46:16 AM »

I LOVE this idea!!!

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2011 01:02:26 AM »

It is pretty - and such a good idea!

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2011 08:21:11 AM »

Awww, what a great way to breathe new life into a sweater! You did a fantastic recon on this!
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2011 07:19:18 AM »

This is a BRILLIANT idea!! I love it! Wisting!!

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