Cutting a knit sweater is a convenient way to reshape or resize it. It’s also how you’ll attach the sleeves, if you’re knitting a full sweater from scratch. … Don’t stress over it too much: Keeping a cut edge intact is a fundamental part of knitting, and there are well-established techniques for doing it safely.
Can I alter a knit sweater?
You generally can. Most wool, cashmere, and natural fiber knits can be altered in order to give a better fit. … Synthetic and wool-synthetic blends, on the other hand, often don’t lend themselves easily to the re-knitting process. Typical alterations include shortening the sleeves, hems, and turtlenecks.
How do you shorten a knitted sweater?
- Mark where you want your sweater to end. …
- Make two cuts across the bottom of your sweater. …
- Pin the bottom and top together. …
- Sew the two pieces together. …
- Trim the fabric between the top and bottom a little more so they match up.
- Overlock (or Zigzag) that raw edge.
- Press your new seam down with an iron.
What can you do with old sweaters?
15 Ways to Repurpose Old Sweaters
- Make a Pair of Mittens.
- Make a Snug Knitted Hat or a Slouchy Beanie.
- Make a Fuzzy Pillowcase.
- Keep Your Mug Warm With a Cozy.
- Make Some Fingerless Gloves.
- Make Some Boot Toppers.
- Make a Pocket Scarf.
- Make a Bum Warmer.
Can you cut a wool sweater?
A wool sweater can be felted and repurposed in other projects. If you try to cut a wool sweater, you’ll end up with a pile of unraveled yarn. … Felting knits the wool fibers together, shrinking the size of the sweater, so that when you cut it you’ll end up with a soft fabric you can use in craft projects.