DIY: Wordy Sweater


I've been seeing this trend in the fashion world a lot lately of letting your clothes do the talking, and I have to agree... if you have a lot to say, then why not wear it?? 

This is my sweet little DIY version. Ready to make your own talkative sweater? 

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:


A sweater

A lightweight yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool Ease in Blush Heather)

Pins

Needle and thread

(Note: It is important that the yarn you use is not too heavy.  At first I tried using a heavier cotton yarn, but it's weight and made the sweater sag so I switched to a lightweight wool blend.)


Method:

1. Crochet a length of chain stitch.  Mine was about a yard long to create the word 'love'.  The length you need will depend on the length of your word and writing style. NOTE: If you don't crochet, you could easily braid several strands of yarn together for the same effect.



2. Layout the word on your sweater.  It took me some time fiddling with it to get the letters to look how I wanted them to. Also, be sure to try on the sweater to make certain the word falls where you want it to when you wear it. Then, just sew the yarn into place.


That's all there is to it. Now, you have a sweater that lets you speak without talking. I'm thinking of trying this project with ribbon, cord and other trimmings as well. I'll keep you posted!


So, if your sweater could talk, what would it say?


63 comments:

  1. this is such a great idea! and is super cute :)

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  2. I like this idea of using crochet chains to spice up a sweater. I don't really like words on my sweaters but I recently got a bunch of plain sweaters in my collection so I need to spruce them up!

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    1. You could try patterns instead of words if that wasn't your thing. There's just so many possibilities with this project. :)

      Let me know if you decide to spruce up one of those sweaters of yours.

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  3. What a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing, xx

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  4. SMILE !!!!
    thank you for sharing Erica,
    happy week, xxx Ale

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  5. OMGGGGGG ingenius! I want to do this to a grey sweater in pink with the word darling! Thanks for sharing this Erica <3 What would I do without youuuu?!

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  6. So cute Erica!!! You need an etsy shop for all us non-crafty girls!!

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  7. Adorable!! What a great idea!! I think mine would say something silly, like....... "cat lady", or maybe "rapper".

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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    1. Oh, you gotta love fashion with a sense of humor... that is perfect! :)

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  8. crocheted words?! i LOVE it. so sweet...you are so creative :)

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  9. It's soo cute!! You're definitely diy-queen!!

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  10. Super cute! I've never learned to crochet but might have to give it a go now - love your sweater too!

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  11. This is so easy, and I could easily do this!!!!

    Thank you!
    Smiles,
    The Joyful Thrifter

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    1. Oh, Emily, I love that idea! *giggle* ;)

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  13. So cute! You could also do an initial or symbol like a heart/star... so many possibilities!

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  14. This is super! I have been wantind to make something like this for ages...Great job as always.

    Lotts x
    http://lottsandlots.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. great way to spruce up a sweater :)

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  16. Wow! So glad I found your blog, you might be the queen of cool DIY :)
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  17. Oh my goodness Eric! Is there no end to your ridiculously cute DIY ideas?! I may just have to try this!!
    Hope your week is off to a great start!
    Kate :}

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    1. And by "Eric," I mean "Erica!" Sorry, just got a little excited haha!!

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    2. Ha ha!! No problem girl.

      A lot of times I introduce myself and say 'Hi! I am Erica' and people say 'Your name is America??!!' lol! Go figure.

      I'd LOVE to see your spin on this project. I bet you could do a pretty embroidery one too!

      ttyl,

      Erica (aka Eric or America) ;)

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  18. What a fun DIY! I'm learning to crochet, so I could totally pull this off!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  19. This is adorable, so simple, easy and again, adorable! I'm definitely doing this! Thanks Erica!

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  20. So cute. I love how you used a crochet chain and then stitched it on instead of embroidery.... and that colour looks lovely on you. :)

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  21. I did a few trow cushions this way, I actually never thought about a sweater, nice idea.

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  22. Such a cute idea! And now I finally have something to do with those tiny balls of yarn that you always end up with at the end of a knitting/crocheting project.

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  23. HAHA! ERICA I have sketches of a VERY similar idea! Great minds think alike, obviously ;)) Super cute and I love the texture the chain adds!

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  24. This is so cute, Erica! Such a great idea. =)

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  25. So cute!! I love this idea! I love words on anything - why not a sweater! Brilliant!

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  26. what a beautiful idea!!! I completely love it!

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  27. I seriously love this! Best reason to learn how to crochet!

    ps: thank you for your lovely message!

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  28. Hmmm... great idea Erica! I think my teen would love this too! Best part - she could do it herself!

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  29. this is so perfect for valentine's day :)

    xo,
    kristyn

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  30. So darling! I love this sweater. You look so cute in it! You make it seem so simple and it is so cute that it seems like it should be really really complicated (well, it probably still would be for me..haha)

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  31. Aww so cute :) Nice detail ! And really lovely photos of you too.

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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  32. Ahhhh! This is so incredibly, insanely, ridiculously cute. Love it. I'm a huge word nerd and this is SO right up my alley. It would also be pretty cute with shapes too!

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  33. This is so sweet little happy thing to make! And it's so YOU!

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  34. This is so incredibly adorable! I love it. Now to find the perfect sweater and colors! :)

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  35. You did this? Amazing! I love it! You need to start an Etsy shop stat

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  36. R u serious? THIS is awesome erica, I love it and can do it!!

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  37. Absolutely love it, you did a great job :-)

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    1. This is a great DIY, this shirt looks so professional!

      Ali of:

      www.dressingken.com

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  38. So guess what? I just pinned my words on! The stitching process is next! Can't wait to show you! :)

    If you do the tote tutorial, could you show me?

    shannahrenee.blogspot.com

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    1. Shannah, I did see your sweater.... it looks ahhhhmazing! I'll be sure to post it in my reader gallery on Facebook soon!

      I'll definitely let you know when I get a chance to try your tote tutorial. I'm learning to sew and am looking for fun projects like that one for sure! :)

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  39. wow!! Such a great idea, so simple and easy to make.
    Love it !!

    Have a nice day !!
    Kasia

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  40. when I saw your picture at Instagram, for real, I thought it was a Victoria's Secret sweater! haha
    Love it! ♥ Such a shame I suck at crochet and sewing, cause I wanna one just like yours haha

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    1. You could definitely make one of these sweaters... it's not as hard as you may think. :)

      Let me know if you have any questions about it.

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  41. Ooh! I love this - and just in time for VDay too!

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  42. this is awesome! makes me wish i crocheted!

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  43. I love this! You inspired me to go out and buy my first crochet hook so I can make one of these for my sisters birthday!

    Thank you again for your wonderful inspiration x

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  44. Very cute idea.
    Love this project.
    I wanna try to do the same for my daughters dress.

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    1. That sounds adorable! Have fun with the project. I'd love to see how yours turns out, if you'd like to send me some pics. :)

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  45. This is a fun idea and easy too! I'm going to have to try it on some bags I have. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That would be so cute on a bag! I'd love to see how yours turns out! :)

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  46. Hi Erica!
    This sweater up-do is amazing in his semplicity!
    I've featured it on a RoundUp on my blog!
    Hugs from Italy,
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com
    (now following you on instagram, pinterest, fb, twitter and bloglovin'!)

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