DIY Chunky Knit Sweater // Thrifted Jeans
Over Christmas break, I set out to accomplish many goals, one of which included knitting my first chunky knit sweater. To give you a little background, I taught myself how to knit when I was about ten-years-old (I guess I was ambitious back then too). However, I only successfully ever made one scarf using one basic stitch. Flash forward…I had been searching for a black chunky knit sweater at Goodwill for weeks, and couldn’t find one I liked so I thought, “Why don’t I just pick knitting back up and make one myself?” After spending hours researching yarn, learning new stitches, and knitting, my first chunky knit sweater was born!
What Yarn I Used and Why: After researching various brands of yarn, I came across a company called Wool and the Gang. I really liked this company because its mission statement is to make yarn and unique fashion pieces that are produced sustainably. This won me over and I decided to buy the natural and biodegradable Wool and the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool. You can also buy knitting kits for beginners, and already made products. For yarn and kits, rather than buying directly from Wool and the Gang, I would recommend buying it at Joann’s because you can use a coupon and get it for cheaper!
How I Learned to Knit This Exact Sweater: As I mentioned, I had never knit a sweater prior to this one so I decided to look up a tutorial for “how to knit a chunky sweater” on Youtube. One of the first videos that popped up was actually a tutorial from Wool and the Gang which is the one I ended up using! It was really easy to follow, except for the fact that I’m a lefty and had to reverse all the stitches!
How Long It Took Me: In total, I would estimate that this sweater took me about 2 weeks to make, knitting about 1-2 hours each day. The value I got from making this sweater far exceeded the time I spent knitting it.
In conclusion, I am so happy with the final product and it’s that much more meaningful to me than if I had purchased a generic one from a fast fashion company. What’s your favorite DIY that you’ve made?