Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Felted argyle hoodie

I have been saving the green argyle sweater for just the right project. It was just a little felted when I bought it at the thrift store, a little too small for me to wear as it was but just right for a sweater-collage. I think it's been sitting on my shelf for about a month, waiting for the right supporting sweaters to come along and inspire me. Yesterday, finally, I had the time, the inclination, and just the right materials to forge onward.

It's made entirely of felted lambswool sweaters (except the hood, which is cashmere), hand sewn with Persian wool yarn. The body of the sweater took me one day to complete; the hood took me another half-day. In all, I used four sweaters and have a fair number of scraps to be used, probably, in a wool blanket.

The hood was the hardest part to do because I had to draft a pattern, and my initial pattern was entirely too large; I had to un-sew my first hood, cut it down and re-sew it to fit my head. Then sewing it into the V-necked sweater was challenging, and when the hood is up it doesn't look particularly graceful. It doesn't look bad, but it could look better. It is unbelievably cozy and soft, though, so I'm leaving it in place and I will definitely use it.

I love this project because it is such an easy way to obtain a sweater that is just the right size and shape for my body, in a color and pattern that I love. I will be interested to see what other people's reactions are when I wear the sweater in public -- will they like it, or think it's curious, or shake their heads and smile at crafty Jennifer? I'll wear it anyway, because I like it, but we shall see.


  1. Your father-in-law will regret that he was ever persuaded to discard his green sweater from High School. Your projects just prove that he could have kept it forever and had it re-made again and again into something he would love to wear! (I'm not going to show this to him.) This really does look like you could take in beloved sweaters on consignment and make them wearable.

  2. That sweater has "Jennifer" written all over it, in every conceivable way. Nicely done!

  3. I don't think I've mentioned this before, but your comments mean so much to me. At a time when I'm really struggling to define myself as a crafter/artist/person, they really help to keep me going. Thanks so much!