I don't know about you guys, but sweaters are my go-to during the winter. Just slip one on under your jacket and you're ready to brave the cold. I have collected so many over the years, so I thought it would be nice to spruce up a basic sweater that I've had forever. I was inspired when I first saw this blog post by Dentelle + Fleurs, and I knew I could recreate it myself! With ideas from this braided sweater tutorial by Fashionrolla, I got started.
Just a head's up, my directions are quite vague because the design is really up to you! You can keep it simple and just have 1 or 2 straps, or you can go a little cray. Have fun!
- yarn (I used thicker yarn in a similar color, but you could also try a contrasting color)
- knitting needles
- yarn needle
1. Think of a general idea of where you want the straps to be on your sweater. This will help you figure out the width and length of each strap. I chose to do 6 straps: 2 that were 11" long, 2 that were 16", and another pair that were 23" and went around the sleeves.
2. Start knitting! For all of my straps, I cast on 4 stitches, and then knitted until I reached the desired length.
3. Take the extra skein of yarn left over from casting on and off, and thread through the yarn needle. Then stitch each strap onto the sweater. Knot the ends in the inside of the sweater, and trim the loose threads.
And voila, you've made yourself a new sweater! It's still basic and goes with everything, but there's a little something special now.
Thanks for reading!