Sweater Makeover – New Collar, Crochet Buttons, and Knit Pockets

It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago this was a plain, grey, clearance rack sweater. Ever since I added the heart elbow patches to one of my old sweaters I have been dreaming up ways to transform other sweaters into something unique. Since most of the sweaters I like are either way too expensive or are time consuming knitting projects, it’s great when I can use a little yarn to make a dream sweater come to life. Haha…dream sweater? Yes. I dream about sweaters. 
I decided to combine my love of sweaters with my love of collars and make a cardigan look-alike. I have to admit, as the different parts of the makeover came together, I got really excited. When a doodle in my journal becomes a reality, in a small way, it is really rewarding.
I started by embroidering around the inside of the collar using a chain stitch. Then I measured the width of the neck and sketched a collar shape that I liked on a piece of paper. Next, I pinned the pieces of the collar to the sweater and embroidered all the way around, following the shape of the collar. 
I crocheted the buttons by chaining 2 and then adding 6 single crochet to the second chain from the hook. I sewed the buttons down the front of the sweater. For the pockets, I simply knit two 4×4 inch squares and sewed them to the front. 

We had our first freeze last night so it is definitely sweater weather. It looks like it is going to be a cold winter here in Texas. Maybe I should make a few more color combinations? 😉

I love how this project turned out! It is so fun to take an inexpensive sweater and make it my own.

  1. OMG, I love how you restyled this sweater. So clever! So very very clever!

  2. aw this is lovely, I love the colour choice too! x

  3. Pammy Sue says:

    So very cute and creative! Love it.

  4. Angelina says:

    Love it! It looks gorgeous! You are so creative! xx

  5. Amanda says:

    Oh my gosh you are the best! Loveeee!

  6. Ashleigh says:

    This is precious!! love, love, love how it turned out!

    xx Ashleigh

  7. Angel says:

    Wow, I love what you did with it. I too, have been dreaming about adding things t my clothing to make them better/seem new. The sweater looks great on you by the way! I love that you added a collar too. :]

  8. gladley says:

    This is inspired. Oh the things I could do with the sweaters I usually resist buying in thrift stores…

  9. Amanda says:

    That is SO CUTE! I’m aching to do lots of wintery crafty projects. Damn my job taking up so much time! Instead I just journal and make lists of all the things I want to do when I’m visiting my parents for ten days at Christmastime. My mom and I often curl up in my parents’ bed with the cat, cookbooks, old movies, and knitting (for me.) We have plans to go thrifting while I’m there, because everything in their town in Florida is so much more affordable and less picked-over than here in San Francisco. I should keep sweater make-overs in mind!

  10. Angie Bailey says:

    Eeee! You did a fantastic job, Meredith! So cute. 😀

  11. You transformed something ordinary into something extraordinary! So cute!

  12. eliza says:

    it turned out AMAZING! oh my gosh, i like it so much! what a good addition to your sweater collection!

  13. Elise says:

    Awesome! Loving the colour combinations too :)

  14. Helen says:

    this is so cute, it has a completely different look to the plain jumper, I wouldn’t have thought they were the same thing at all.
    Well done!

  15. Caleisha says:

    OMG! You are a crafty genius darlin! This is such a great idea, I am going to keep this in mind for my sweater collection ^.^


  16. Faith says:

    your so crafty and adorable!

  17. Kat says:

    OMG that is so cute! I am going to be on the lookout for cheap jumpers now so I can make one. Bummer it’s coming into summer here though.

  18. Mel says:

    Oh I love this!! I recently added a little fox to an old sweater because I didn’t want to spend the money on the ones from Target! :) http://thethingstheymade.blogspot.com/2012/11/made-diy-fox-sweater.html

    Definitely gonna try the collar idea soon!


  19. Meg says:

    very cute! great idea.

  20. Alessandra says:

    nice job!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  21. That is just about too cute!

  22. vintage grey says:

    So adorable! Love it! xo Heather

  23. youre so precious! love it lady :)

  24. This is so adorable! Very inspiring x

  25. megan says:

    I can’t get over how smart you are! I saw this on Instagram earlier and was totally blown away by your relentless creativity. I’m so jealous of your imagination! Keep on keepin’ on. :)

  26. tealeaver says:

    I love how you took a plain sweater, and made it awesome!!!! Love the color too, and I also love you hair. You look great!

  27. Sarah Dee says:

    It’s so cute! You’re such a creative gal :)

    xoxo missdottidee.blogspot.com

  28. yoojin says:

    Meredith, that’s such a cute idea! The sweater looks sooooo lovely!!! :) :) Great work! :)

  29. Anonymous says:

    Hey, I was wondering what the back of the jumper looks like now. Did you stitch along the whole collar or just the front? This is really a great idea and it looks fab. I think I will try it myself.

    Greets from Germany, Anja

  30. Laurie says:

    Well done! I think you just might have inspired me to try a sweater makeover… Oh, so many options, where to begin?

  31. Wow! That’s beyond adorable! Need to go find a sweater at Goodwill to do that to. LOL! None of my current one’s would work. Thank you for sharing!

  32. lindsi says:

    this is so cute! i love it!

  33. Kati says:

    So, so pretty!

  34. Oh, this is precious!! Love, love, love!!

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  35. alessandra m says:

    E’ bellissimo,sei bravissima e piena di idee come sempre.
    Ciao Alessandra

  36. Faith says:

    So fun! You’re a genius when it comes to sweaters.

  37. Oh my goodness, that is SO CUTE! I haven’t ever thought of doing a sweater makeover, but that doesn’t even look that hard! I’m definitely keeping my eye out for a sweater that I can do this with! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    -Jessica (Sew In Love)

  38. Moe says:

    Wow! This is super cool! I love the green and gray! Looking good!

  39. Joanna says:

    What a fantastic idea! I was wondering about doing (on a store bought sweater) some duplicate-stitch work but I might try this instead!

  40. kelli says:

    oh my goodness how CUTE!!!

  41. Allie says:

    Whaaat, Meredith?! This is so cute!!! You come up with the cutest projects, truly.

    Happy knitting (or crocheting)!
    <3 Allison

  42. lidia says:

    this is too cute! you did such a good job on this!!

  43. Sarah Offley says:

    What a brilliant make-over I love what you have done!

  44. Pauliina says:

    Oh I love your blog!! ♥


  45. Anonymous says:

    Really cute idea, but not flattering.

  46. Amanda says:

    This is adorable! I’m definitely going to try this.

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