Monday, July 2, 2012

DIY stitched open knit sweater

take an open knit white sweater, 

add a Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2013 inspiration...

and DIY the perfect summer open knit.

For mine, I got lazy and didn't knit one myself
(although that was the intention and here you can find the how-to )
but I found the perfect candidate at 20$ on the TJMaxx sales rack.
A plain white cotton open knit 
that was begging to be refashioned!

picture in the center: Rebecca Minkoff Look Book - collage by moi

Than, yet, again, I got super-lazy and didn't cut several old plain white t-shirts, 
but bought t-shirt yarn at my local yarn store for 1 Euro. 
(I bought about 100 yr)

Dyeing the t-shirt yarn

Why I decided to dye the t-shirt yarn when I could have bought a colored one:

My sweater is white, and t-shirt yarn is colored with the same dye as t-shirts...
and bright colored t-shirts often bleed the color.
By dyeing my own color with fabric dye I'm 100% sure that my sweater 
will stay white, wash after wash.

Divided the yarn in 4 balls of 25 yards each

* I prepared the dye in a small plastic container using Pebeo Seta Color fabric paint: diluted 1 part of fabric paint with 10 parts of water;

* then I soaked the t-shirt yarn into the dye;

* made sure that the dye was deep into the yarn;

* once all the colors were ready, still very very wet, I put them on a piece of paper (outside on the patio in a shaded area) and waited to be dry (a heat wave helps to speed the process);

* the morning after, I press the yarn with the iron, to fix the dye.

For three out of four of my colors that was it.

I liked the inspiration one where one of the color is muting between black and yellow (although I wanted the yellow to be more predominant).

* After I fixed the dye with the iron, I spread the yarn onto a piece of paper, and prepared some watered black dye (always using the fabric paint);

* I used a chunky brush to splatter random black dots onto the yellow yarn;

* Waited to be dry, and press with the iron.

Here is the result of these operations: 
the yarn is now multi-colored, 
and I obtained the perfect tie-dye effect.

Stitching the sweater

I did some cross stitch, some needle point, and some straight in-and-out stitching, counting the spaces between stitches like a bigger scale of Aida fabric that is normally used for cross stitch and needle point.

... and I'm going to rock this sweater all summer 2012 !!!
xox, d.

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  1. This is super cute! This reminds me my ISabel Marrant like pull over that I made this winter!
    Thanks for sharing
    laure from

    1. thanks Laure! yes, I had the same feeling, reminded me of the IM winter sweaters :)

  2. Loooove your take on the RM sweater, and I didn't even know tshirt yarn existed, let alone your genius twist on it, super cute. :)

    1. Thanks Anita!! I've been seeing lot of t-shirt yarn lately, mostly used for crocheted baskets and handbags. it's cheap and ready to use... in my opinion much better than cut (and try to go straight) lots of t-shirts!

  3. Wow that looks amazing I love it. Awesome DIY

    1. thanks Darling!!! I'm being wearing this sweater for the past week (it's the only one I took on my vacation) and love it more every night!! xox, d.

  4. I love it! And I love you walk the talk ie. inspiration and realisation. Love that too. I bet some chain stitching would look good too.

    1. Thank you E! you can do pretty much any stitching, and there's no right or wrong... these are the best projects! thanks for the compliments!!! xox, d.

  5. moooolto bello ... e già ti vedo con la tua abbronzatura: super!! baci Paola

    davvero bellissimo!

  7. So cute. Yours looks better than the inspiration.

    1. Thank you!!! I wore this for a whole week and I'm not even tired of it!!!

  8. Excelent twin! I like it, I like it...Very nice and gooood idea! Genie!

  9. Oh wow! Love your new creation!! You are so talented.

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