I have several of these cotton rib knit turtlenecks that are a few years old, and would have a lot more wear in them, if they hadn’t continued to shrink and lose their elasticity, as cotton sweaters seem to do. This one reached the point where I could barely pull it over my head, because the neck doesn’t stretch wide enough anymore. *Insert big head joke here.*
I liked it enough in the beginning, to crochet trim for the sleeves and bottom hems. So I don’t want to discard it just yet.
I decided to try cutting it down the front and making it a cardigan.
The ribbed knit made the cutting and stitching easier. All I had to do was identify the center rib, and follow it. I first stitched on both sides of the cutting line, using a wide, overlocking stitch. Then I cut between the two rows of stitching.
My red thread ran out before I had stitched all the way down the second side, so I had to switch to what else I had on hand–a variegated red. Not a problem; it will be hidden in the end anyway. But for now, the patch of light-colored thread on the left side allows for a closer look at the stitches.
I’ve been warned against using the stitch-and-cut technique with crochet, but I didn’t see any other option here. I think it worked out okay. Those ends will also be encapsulated in woven fabric in the next step.
I sewed a strip of woven shirting from top to bottom, and….ta-da!
I included a strip of lightweight fusible interfacing down each side.
For the front closure, I had picked out a card of budget-priced small black shirt buttons for down the front. But once I reached this point in the project, I decided the look calls for larger buttons. So, I need to return to the store to see what I can find. Also, at this point, I like the outcome well enough to invest in more expensive buttons if the look is right.
There is a reason why I chose the grey shirting. This is just Part I of the project. Part II is making a skirt from this fabric that has spent too long in my stash.
Part II coming soon…
On cardigans and skirts, and new beginnings, and maybe a trip to Paris someday.