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Tutorial: Refashion a sweater into a cardigan in 10 minutes!

Cardigans are fantastic for layering clothing during in-between seasons. Learn how to refashion a sweater into a cardigan with one simple cut and two strips of fabric in just 10 minutes! Super easy!

I really love cotton sweaters.

I do some knitting, so I should love wool like most knitters do, but I just love the way a cotton sweater feels (that is, not itchy), and also how much easier it is to wash them (that is, toss it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with no fear of accidentally felting it).

Cardigans are fantastic for layering clothing during in-between seasons. Learn how to refashion a sweater into a cardigan with one simple cut and two strips of fabric in just 10 minutes! Super easy!

So when I found this cotton sweater at a thrift shop a couple of years ago, I grabbed it up for just a couple of dollars, despite the size M tag on it (I wear L).

Cardigans are fantastic for layering clothing during in-between seasons. Learn how to refashion a sweater into a cardigan with one simple cut and two strips of fabric in just 10 minutes! Super easy!

And I of course never wore it once because, despite fitting my arms perfectly, it was a tad shorter than I like wearing my sweaters. And it sat in my bureau for two years until I remembered something.

That something is that, even more than cotton sweaters, I love cotton cardigans. I love being able to wear them open or closed, and how easy it is to layer clothing with them in in-between seasons, or even to toss in your bag when you go out on cooler summer nights. As far as I’m concerned, the knit cotton cardigan is the perfect spring garment.
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So I turned that sweater into a cardigan in about 10 minutes. And I’ve been wearing it pretty much constantly since then.

Cardigans are fantastic for layering clothing during in-between seasons. Learn how to refashion a sweater into a cardigan with one simple cut and two strips of fabric in just 10 minutes! Super easy!

The great news is that it’s ridiculously fast and easy to refashion a sweater into a cardigan! You can leave it open or add on snaps or buttons to keep it closed. (This will take you more than 10 minutes, obviously.) And you will be rewarded with an incredibly versatile garment that you will want to wear every day!

Do you also have an unused sweater (or jumper for you British English speakers) in your closet that you don’t wear? Well then, turn it into a cardigan! Let’s get started! Read more

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