Cardiganize An Old Pullover by Linda Permann

Cardiganize An Old Pullover

March 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4.0 mm (G)
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Whether you want to add a little breathing room to a too-small sweater or spruce up your clothing for another season, just add crochet! A simple cut with your scissors, some embroidery, and 2 crocheted button bands later, you’ll be ready to wear your “new” cardigan. I used this technique to revamp one of my favorite striped sweaters, but it would also be a great way to make kids’ clothing last longer, or personalize thrift store finds and hand me downs.


Old sweater
Tailor’s chalk
Ruler or measuring tape and straightedge
Large embroidery needle
Worsted weight yarn I used Berocco Comfort, 50% Super Fine Nylon, 50% Super Fine Acrylic in # 9713 Dusk. Necessary yardage will vary based on the size of your sweater, but one skein of this yarn should be more than enough for most sizes.
Eight 1”-1.25” diameter buttons
Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook