How to Embellish a Basic Sweater with Two Stitchescomments (47) January 28th, 2016
Embellish a ready-to-wear sweater with lazy daisys
I often find myself longing for beautiful boutique sweaters, but their $100, $200, and sometimes $300 price tags stop me in my tracks. Here's an easy way to turn a basic sweater into a fabulous find. I bought a new sweater with a wide, scooped neck, but you can use this technique on any sweater you find. It's a great way to spruce up a thrift find or something you already have in your closet. It's also a wonderful gift idea for that fashionable friend on your list.
Supplies you'll need:
- A sweater
- Yarn - Make sure your yarn is the same material as your sweater. If you're stitching on wool, use wool; on cotton, use cotton, and so forth. My sweater is a washable wool blend, so I used washable wool yarn.
- Large tapestry needle
I don't use a hoop when working on knitwear because it stretches out the fabric far too much. I use my fingers to add any tension I may need while stitching. You can use any stitch you wish when working on knits, but I liked the idea of a bunch of lazy daisies densely packed on one shoulder and then scattering out down the front and back of the sweater.
How to make a lazy daisy with a French knot center
The first petal of a lazy daisy is just a detached chain stitch. Start your stitch as you would a chain stitch, bringing your yarn up through the sweater and down into the same hole, making a loop.
Once you have one daisy done, it's just a matter of time before you have dozens. I didn't have a pattern for where the flower placement; I just stitched, then looked, then stitched some more. Don't be afraid to work this way--there are no mistakes. If you don't like how something looks, just take it out and stitch it somewhere else.
Have fun with your work. The joy will translate to your work and you'll have the happiest sweater in town!
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