A friend gave me, among many other things, a scarf in my favourite colour. The scarf was a light, knit pashmina made with the softest yarn. My first instinct was to unravel it for yarn, but knitting takes a long time, and I wanted to wear the finished product NOW. The scarf wanted to be a cropped sweater, and I said it would just have to wait. I stashed it, and dug it back out twenty minutes later after hearing it cry.
If a scarf wants to be a sweater that badly, who am I to say no?
I started by cutting a strip off one end. This would be my collar, and the rest the bodice and sleeves. The knit was delicate and fragile, so I had to work fast to keep it from coming undone.
When working with knits, use your serger, and a very short stitch length. It will keep the knit from unravelling. You'll have to treat the finished garment with a bit of care, though. No excessive stretching! Also, work fast with light hands.
I folded the strip lengthwise, and serged through the edge.
I marked the centre-point of the scarf, along with collar width. I wanted the collar quite wide, so it wouldn't feel constricting.
Cutting was really scary, opening the fold even scarier. The knit held better than I expected, but I tried to treat it as gently as possible.
I pinned the collar to the fresh wound with right sides facing, careful not to pull at anything.
After serging the seam, I got to try the project on.
While I was at it, I marked the width for hem. Turning a scarf into a shrug or a sweater is quite simple: fold it over, and sew long ends together, leaving an opening in the middle. Cut a hole for neckline, and you're done.
I shaped the sleeves a bit to avoid the shapeless "too baggy"-look.
At this point, a sweater I no longer care for decided it wanted to play, too. I cut off the long cuffs which were pretty much the only thing I liked about it.
Attaching the cuffs to super-wide sleeves seemed a bit impossible. With patience and a lot of pins, I got the two to sit nicely together.
Adding long cuffs gave me reverse puff sleeves, which I don't have enough of.
The entire project took less than an hour. and the finished sweater is so good I want to wear it all the time.
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