I love the cozy, comfy, warmth of a good knit sweater. I couldn’t be happier that sweater weather is finally here! With that being said, every year I want to freshen up my sweater collection, and that occasionally involves some DIYing to get what I want. So, after I found this black knit sweater on clearance for $6, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to get my creativity on. Then this amazing cross stitch sweater was made! Cross stitching is one of the most basic stitching techniques, and with our downloadable pattern (you can get it here), this project couldn’t be easier. Keep scrolling for the cross stitch tutorial!
- Grid Knit Sweater
- Darice All Things You Yarn (I used soft rose, arbor rose, gold and aqua)
- Darice Essentials Cotton Yarn (I used sage green and teal)
- Floral Cross Stitch Pattern (download)
- Darice All Things You Plastic Needles
Step 1: You can embellish a sweater with any simple cross stitch pattern or you can download ours here. It’s also super easy to make your own pattern by making a table in google docs (or something similar) and coloring in the squares. Whatever you decide, I think it’s easiest to print the cross stitch pattern out, and then mentally map out your design on the sweater, familiarizing yourself with the grid pattern from the knitting, so your stitches will be even and precise.
Note: It can be helpful to number the rows and columns on the pattern, and mark the center point on your sweater. Step 2: Thread your needle. For this pattern, I used just one strand of yarn for each stitch and tied the yarn in a knot around the eye of the needle.
Step 3: Start stitching! Each cell on the pattern represents a full stitch. If you’re unsure of how to complete a cross stitch, this is a good simple tutorial.
Step 4: Continue following the pattern until your design is complete!
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