There is an easy way to upcycle a soft wool or cashmere sweater into a simple cowl/hood! I realize it’s still summer in most of the United States, but the end of the season is when I start pulling out the next season’s clothes and sorting out what to donate and what to keep. I actually wrote this post and took the pictures way back in February during a cold snap but by the time I had them edited I was already in a t-shirt and it seemed silly to post. So, enjoy the retrospective of my point & shoot camera, long hair, and fake white trim.
That is a whole lotta orange in the original sweater. Yikes! The steps are easy – you can glance at the collage below and I’ll spell it out underneath.
- Find a wool/cashmere blend sweater sized Small or Medium. Wash cold & hang dry! I don’t do dry-cleaning.
- Cut with sharp scissors or a rotary cutter in a straight line under the armpits.
- Fold, and wear! The knit fabric shouldn’t fray or unravel unless you really pick at it – the washing machine helps to felt it a bit. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could do a blanket stitch or serge around the edge.
This is another version I made a long time ago and have worn often. I like being able to pull it up in the snow!
So, pretty easy DIY am I right? I’d love to hear if you make one – maybe if we all start sewing for fall, fall temperatures will hit faster.