- Winter in Maine is cold.
- I do not like to feel cold.
- I do not like to wear bulky clothing.
- Knit a slim-fitting, long, warm, wool sweater.
- I am a slow knitter.
- I need a slim-fitting, long, warm, wool sweater, now.
The new solution:
- Find a large men's wool sweater at a thrift store, and refashion it.
This idea struck me while at work one day. I popped into the nearest Goodwill on my way home that evening and was delighted to find a men's L.L. Bean wool sweater (size: Large-Tall) for $4.99 (plus tax, but minus 10% because I have the "discount card") in fantastic condition. I love the color, and the knit is bulky enough to be very warm, but not too bulky.
I began by placing the sweater on my table, matching up the seams, and smoothing it out. I then centered a well-fitting t-shirt on top of the sweater.
I pinned around the t-shirt where I intended to stitch, extending to the full length of the sweater and the full length of the sleeves. It is very long, and I end up folding the sleeves nearly up to my elbow, but when I really need to warm up, it is nice to have all that extra length. After stitching, I cut about a half inch away from the seam. I know that might seem like a hefty seam allowance, but this is a knit sweater, and I think a half inch will prevent anything from unravelling. In truth, I could probably trim away more and it would still be fine.
The result? A slim-fitting, long, warm, wool sweater! I love it. I love how the original shoulder seems are now halfway down my upper arms so the knitting changes direction there. I love the wide and open neck. I love the extremely long sleeves. I love that I can wear it with jeans, leggings, or maybe even tights and a belt. I love that it's the only thing I want to put on when I get home from work. I love how warm I am when I wear it.
I love it so much that I do not feel too guilty about not knitting it.