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166 | Knitters gonna knit

“I wouldn’t dare to knit something like this – all I can do is a beanie.” – that’s what I heard several times when I slowly let a stitch glide from one needle to the other. When I admitted that I hadn’t even knitted a beanie yet, I earned startled looks. But it’s true: The cardigan I’m wearing in today’s post is the first piece of knitting I’ve ever finished. My grandmother showed me some techniques about ten years ago but after my efforts resulted in the ugliest piece of scarf ever I surrendered.


Don’t buy – do it yourself

Nothing happened since then. Until several weeks ago when a light grey cardigan appeared on the shopping list after my wardrobe overhaul. I just couldn’t find the right one so I decided to make one on my own.

It’s pretty easy – once you’ve got the hang of it

I watched several YouTube videos and tried knitting with chopsticks and a piece of yarn. Surprisingly it’s pretty easy once you’ve got the hang of it and so I entered a DIY store some days after. The twelve bundles of wool I bought there were so expensive that I giving up wasn’t even an option when I made my cardigan. The rest is history – I actually finished it!



Slow fashion – yes please!

I’m not trying to tell you that I’m some kind of knitting wunderkind. My point is that you can do this too (if you didn’t know already ;)). It’s such a pity that trends have become so fast these days that they’re already over before you had a chance to sit behind your sewing machine. DIYs are a great opportunity to take things slow fashion wise – and they can also be very sustainable.


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I’ve introduced a nice sewing project for beginners here by the way – maybe you’re in the mood to start your first project on the sewing machine?

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  • Johanne

    This is awesome. How cool is that cardigan!
    I have added your pics to a pinterest board I am curating with Fair Fashion Outfits 😉

    • Oh, thanks so much Johanne <3 I looooove the cardigan too – hopefully it'll be around for a long time 😉

      Thanks for pinning the pictures as well!

  • Andrea Johnson

    looks great! I’m impressed….I didn’t even make it through a hat when I tried a few years ago

    • You should give it a try again if you feel like it! If I can do it, you can do it too 🙂

  • Wow ist der toll! Unglaublich, dass das dein erstes Strick-Stück ist. Du hast damit absolut meine Neugierde geweckt. Vielleicht werde ich über Weihnachten mal bei meiner Oma nachfragen… das wäre ja eine ganz schöne Gelegenheit! 🙂

    • Mach das auf jeden Fall 🙂 Es macht echt Spaß und ist auch noch ziemlich entspannend 😉

  • franzi.puenktchen

    Ich stricke und Nähe schon seit ich denken kann viel meiner Sachen selber. Vor kurzem habe ich einen alten Post von mir entdeckt in dem ich schon vor 4 Jahren ein selbstgenähtes Kleid plus gestrickten Cardigan anhatte. Ich LIebe die Tatsache, dass diese Dinge dann Unikate sind die sonst niemand hat! Plus Sehr oft seh ich dinge die ich mir nicht leisten Kann und mach sie dann selber. So hängt jetzt ein Cardigan in meinem Schrank der aussieht wie 250 Euro Marc´o Polo aber 100% handmade ist 🙂 Toll sieht der Cardigan aus! Und dafür dass du das nicht so oft machst echt gleichmäßig! Ich bin auf dein nächstes Projekt gespannt :))
    Liebe Grüße


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  • Codyp

    Awesome cardigan Lisa (y) I have some DIY clothes too.

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