Upcycled Cardigan Turned Felted Cropped Jacket

I found the softest oversized cardigan at the second-hand shop last year. Its soft gray fibers begged to come home with me in spite of the fact that it resembled a coat more than a sweater. But it’s amazing what we’re willing to adopt when it costs less than €5. I brought it home and considered it.

I found the softest oversized cardigan at the second-hand shop last year. Its soft gray fibers begged to come home with me in spite of the fact that it resembled a coat more than a sweater. But it’s amazing what we’re willing to adopt when it costs less than €5. I brought it home and considered it.

What I did next may surprise a few and thrill others, but I tossed it in the washing machine at 40° C and let is felt the ‘natural’ way. Upon extracting it from the washer,I gently coaxed it over a form I created to simulate the size and shape of my arms and torso then hoped for the best. At first, I wasn’t happy with the cropped length of the final piece, but then I realized it really suited the style and I couldn’t imagine a better length. After that, I was hooked.

There are probably ‘professional’ ways to felt sweaters, but I like the luck I’ve been having with my washing machine. Occasionally, I will have a jumper that says it has the fiber content to felt, but it just won’t budge an inch. Any suggestions?

As much I love how this turned out and how it fit me once I moved the buttons, I was allergic to the fibre content so I gave it to my friend Maíre.

Cozy Inside

5 comments

    • Vasia says:

      It does have to be 100% wool just that there are a lot of dneferfit types of wool out there with dneferfit names! Felting is a great. I love to knit and felt you could crochet and felt as well. The unfelted object is usually really huge and then you felt it down to size. I like knitting and then felting slippers. (they are really a huge sock that I felt down to size(which you can also make from a felted sweater)

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