A while ago Sandra wrote in to me asking how I would go about repairing a knitted jumper (sweater for those in the US) that had been stained in an accident in her Chemistry class. While I was cleaning out my wardrobe I noticed that a some of them were in need of repairs. With knitted items you pretty much have the following options for repairing stains:

  • Try to soak/bleach/wash it out if possible. (Tia says: Please remember if the sweater/jumper/cardigan is pure wool NOT to try bleach first. Bleach basically disintegrates wool.)
  • If you know how to knit/darn then you can carefully remove the section and repair with similar yarn.
  • Patch it over with something cute. I’ve seen sweaters like this with adorable little felt patches in various shapes all over.
  • Embroider something cute over it.

This was the result:

Jumper Modification Tutorial

The sweater below is one that I just wear around the house when it’s cold. It looks nice over a dress and is made of soft acrylic yarn so very low maintenance. But it’s quite plain… so to demonstrate one idea to cover a stain I decided to jazz it up a bit.

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What I used:

  • Old pair of socks that are too cute cute to throw out but I never actually wear.
  • Needle and thread
  • Lace
  • Matching ribbon

Jumper Modification Tutorial

I cut off the top part of the sock which had the cut pattern.

Jumper Modification Tutorial

I decided to use them to make pockets so I flattened the fabric out.

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Then cut the bottom into a heart shape.

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Using the needle and thread I gathered around 3cm of fabric at the top in the middle.

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After putting it together you ca see the heart shape forming ^_^

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I stitched around the raw edges to attach it to the jumper.

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Taadaa pocket 😀

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Repeated on the other side…

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To cover the raw edges I then added lace around the edges.

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And on both sides…

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I finished the picked with a small matching bow on one side.

Jumper Modification Tutorial

To add one more piece of interest I used some spotty ribbon and stitched it in a zigzag pattern up one side and ended it in a bow.

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Very very very simple ribbon embroidery ^_^

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And there we go! Finished in around 30 minutes and nice and cute ^_^

Jumper Modification Tutorial

This probably the easiest way possible to cover stains and I personally love the result!