How to Make a Basic Sweater Something Special

comments (23) January 9th, 2014     

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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A spray of lazy daisies turns a bargain sweater into a great boutique find.
Before: This sweater has a great shape and I love the color, but it lacks personality.
 
After: With some yarn, two stitches, and a little time, a $20 bargain becomes a whimsical sweater worthy of the finest boutique.
A spray of lazy daisies turns a bargain sweater into a great boutique find.

A spray of lazy daisies turns a bargain sweater into a great boutique find.

Photo: Erika Kern

  Use a French knot as the center of your flower. Holding your yarn tight, wrap the yarn around your needle two times.
  Keeping the yarn tense, insert your wrapped needle into the sweater.
  Pull the needle through the sweater, still keeping that tension until the knot is flat against the sweater.
  A finished daisy is ready to be joined by many more.

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 flowers went; 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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Comments (23)

jinkarten writes: i like this design
Posted: 5:35 am on October 24th
munezlaine writes: i am your big fan
Posted: 11:21 am on September 11th
fosterlaine writes: marvellous
Posted: 2:36 am on September 11th
sandylaine writes: coooooooooool
Posted: 10:01 am on September 10th
sunnylaine writes: nice stuff
Posted: 1:37 pm on September 7th
montylee writes: nice fabric
Posted: 2:46 am on August 27th
mmarcks writes: Being a person who uses bleach to clean stuff and therefore have had a few splashes of bleach on sweaters and tee shirts and I have used this method to "fix" the problem. It works well.
Posted: 4:57 pm on August 22nd
Yareena writes: I did it I love love love it !! Are there more flowers to knit ?

Posted: 3:30 pm on January 10th
Yareena writes: I like it .. i love it... so totally. So here am I trying to make a daisy ... But I am not able to make the first picture.. can anaybody show how to make it ?

Love Yareena from Holland
Posted: 3:27 pm on January 10th
TexasRanchGal writes: To keep the knit from stretching when embroidering, baste wash away stablizer larger than the size of your hoop over the top of the area you are sewing and when you put it in your hoop the knit will not stretch. Also try drawing your embroidery design onto the stablizer and then rinse the item once you have finished the project.
Posted: 2:33 pm on November 22nd
sophiecai writes: it really looks great on you.....you are so talented to make a plain sweater so special.....and thanks for sharing
Posted: 9:49 am on February 17th
Macu writes: I like your sweater very much, now I want try if I can do it, despite I dont know nothing about embroidery and that stuff!!
Sorry for my english. Greets from Argentina!

Posted: 11:10 am on October 18th
Macu writes: I like your sweater very much, now I want try if I can do it, despite I dont know nothing about embroidery and that stuff!!
Sorry for my english. Greets from Argentina!

Posted: 11:05 am on October 18th
Macu writes: I like your sweater very much, now I want try if I can do it, despite I dont know nothing about embroidery and that stuff!!
Sorry for my english. Greets from Argentina!

Posted: 11:04 am on October 18th
Macu writes: I like your sweater very much, now I want try if I can do it, despite I dont know nothing about embroidery and that stuff!!
Sorry for my english. Greets from Argentina!

Posted: 11:04 am on October 18th
glamspoon writes: so simple, but so elegant!
Posted: 4:06 pm on October 3rd
Minakshi writes: This is so preety and simple, would love to make it!!
Posted: 1:11 am on September 17th
ringelpunkt writes: At last - i did it!
Posted: 12:28 pm on September 12th
susanstars writes: That is awesome, Erika! I want to make one too... :)
Posted: 8:15 pm on December 6th
LindaPermann writes: I made it! (If you enable the "patterns and designs" tag I'll post in the gallery-- for now here's a link: http://lindamade.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/and-the-winner-is-2/). Very fun!
Posted: 4:41 pm on December 6th
erika_kern writes: Thanks! It's so easy to do too.
Posted: 1:08 pm on November 26th
LindaPermann writes: oooh, i love it!
Posted: 12:35 pm on November 26th
kaytet writes: this is just lovely! and it looks great on you!
Posted: 12:23 pm on November 26th
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