Monday, October 7, 2013

How to Give a Plain Cardigan A Makeover

I have what might be referred to by some as a "closet full of cardigans".  And most of them are plain, simple sweaters.  Many of which don't get much wear.  Or they get worn so much that I start to get a little bored with them.  Sometimes this gal's heart desires something a little frilly... a little sparkly... a little more embellished.  It was time for a makeover!

Before: plain, simple... boring black cardigan
I picked out a black yarn with some sparkle, and some new buttons
Started by sewing a running straight stitch along the sides of the button plackets
Using those stitches as a foundation row, I worked two double crochet into each stitch
At the end of the row, I worked 3 chain stitches and turned, then worked 2 double crochet into each double crochet of the first row. Fasten off at the end of the row.
Remove plain buttons and sew on new, sparkly buttons.

**Repeat all steps on the other side of cardigan front**
Voila!  New girly black cardigan with a little more frill and a little more sparkle!


  1. What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I’ll be featuring you on this week’s hop, so please feel free to come grab a Featured button!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  2. That looks so cute. I have a couple of cardigans that need some sprucing up!!! Thanks for the tutorial!


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