How to Upcycle a T-Shirt into a Cardigancomments (35) November 2nd, 2012
I love layering. Since I have lived in space-challenged apartments in New York City for the past 18 years, rotating my wardrobe seasonally just hasn't been an option as there's been nowhere to put the off-season garb. Instead, I pretty much wear the same clothes year-round; I just wear more of them when it gets colder! Hoodies, cardigans, and wraps play a huge part in my cooler months' costume, and I'm always on the lookout for new styles. And because I can't get enough of the revamping of tees, I came up with this girly outfit topper for my weekly project.
- An oversized T-shirt
- Tape measure
- Sock-weight yarn
- A small crochet hook
1. Trim and reshape the shirt. Measure your bust, bicep, and armhole circumferences, or find a top or cardi that fits you well. Fold the tee in half lengthwise, as shown. Cut off the bottom at the length you wish your cardigan to be (I made mine 22 inches).
Set aside the piece you cut off as it'll become the cuff ruffles. Still folded, measure and mark a snug 1/2 bicep, 1/2 armhole, and 1/4 bust widths and connect with a chalk line to reshape the side and underarm seam. If that's too complicated, just fold your other shirt (the one that fits) the same way, lay it on top of this one, and trace the side and underarm seam. Cut on your line, through all four layers.