Daily Outfit: St Patrick's Sweater

Once, a long time ago (about a year and a half)  I knit a green deep-v-neck sweater. This was before I discovered the joy of seamless knitting.  Or learned how to make sweaters in shapes and lengths that flatter.

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Since then, my knitting has greatly improved, and I really wanted to have a nice, comfortable, flattering cotton blend sweater.  Being thrifty, broke, and resourceful, I decided to re-use the yarn in this sweater to create something new that I would enjoy wearing.

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That image would be all of the yarn from that sweater, frogged and turned into hanks.  Using Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Seamless Raglan formula from her book, The Opinionated Knitter, I put together a new sweater from these remains.  And here it is, in all its lovely grass green glory.

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I knit this at a nice, loose gauge so it would have lots of drape.  There is gentle waist shaping to add more flattery.  I made the sleeves 3/4 length because that really is my favorite sleeve length.  The cuffs, hem and neck are all done in seed stitch.  This sweater was a lot of fun to knit, and I love that it can be dressed up or down.  Now for the rest of my outfit.

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I’m trying to challenge myself to wear at least one piece of jewelry each day that isn’t in my standard repertoire.  These pink pearls and bracelet did the trick today.  I would have loved to have some brass earrings as well, something like these maybe.

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Those shoes are my new Clarks Rime sandals that I got on serious discount from 6pm.  I’m worried that the straps may give me blisters, so I’m breaking them in today, keeping moleskin on  hand.
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Sweater: Hand-knit by me
Cami (underneath sweater): Old Navy
Capris: Erik Stewart
Shoes: Clarks Rime
Purse: Morelle Oyster
Necklace: Rummage sale
Bracelet: Thrifted

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9 Responses to Daily Outfit: St Patrick's Sweater

  1. academichic says:

    Um, wow! I’m impressed on so many levels – that you made a sweater to begin with, that you decided to reuse the yarn to make a better one, and that you ended up knitting a really awesome item of clothing! Looks really flattering on you and I love the color and the 3/4 sleeves too!

    well played. well played. S.

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  2. Sal says:

    I am SUPER impressed! Way to recycle, and lady, way to knit up a fantastically flattering sweater!

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  3. The new sweater looks great! Did you have extra yarn from the first sweater? I would have been sweating bullets wondering if there was enough yarn to go from sweater A to sweater B.

    great job!

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    • Diana says:

      Thanks for all the compliments! As for the amount of yarn, I wasn’t too worried about having enough since I decided to make the sleeves shorter in this version of the sweater and eliminate the seams. I also have some extra yarn in the same color, but a different dye-lot, that I had available just in case

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  4. Jen says:

    You look bright and green 🙂 I almost forgot it was st patricks day until i saw people in the street all dressed in green!!

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  5. lekkercraft says:

    Wow, great remake! I have a few sweater awaiting the same fate – to reclaim the yarn for better projects…

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  8. Daniel Bax says:

    I am SUPER impressed! Way to offer, and child, way to knit up a unbelievably becoming sweater!

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