December 14, 2008

Sweater Project #3: Arm Warmers

Posted in Make tagged , , , , at 10:25 pm by onetinyacorn

Okay, this one is kind of a no-brainer. Nevertheless, I love arm warmers, and my new pair is warm yet lightweight–perfect for throwing into my bag in the morning, and whipping out as the climate changes.

skill level: beginner

time: 15 minutes

materials: sweater, ruler, marker, scissors or rotary cutter and mat, elastic thread and needle (optional), buttons (optional)

1. Fold what remains of your sweater so that the sleeves are aligned on a hard, flat surface.

2. Determine how long you want your arm warmers to be, and measure up from the ends of the sleeves. I left the edges raw, and haven’t had any problems with unraveling. If you have a loosely knit sweater or just don’t like the look of raw edges, add an extra 1/2 to 1 inch to your arm warmers. Of course, this will add bulk at the tops, so be forewarned if you’re working with a thick sweater. You could also cuff them at the tops. Maybe add a few buttons along one side…go crazy.

3. Mark a dotted line where you will be cutting. You could cut it at an angle for superhero-esque cuffs (I think that in that case, you’d definitely want to eliminate the raw edge. If the knit is too bulky, you can just machine-finish the edges with an elastic thread (or with a stitch designed for stretchy fabrics).

4. Cut along the dotted line.

5. That’s it! If desired, finish/embellish as stated above.

armwarmers

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