DIY Cocoon Cardigan – Make a Blanket Sweater

DIY Cocoon Cardigan – Make a Blanket Sweater

hey y'all melissa here with you today and today's project is this cozy cocoon blanket style cardigan that i'm wearing this is a super easy project there's only two seams and one piece of fabric used to make it and the one that i've got on the mannequin is actually the exact same as the one i'm wearing the only difference is the fabric so this one is made out of fleece and the one i'm wearing is made from a blanket that I bought it at yeah this one's going to take you under 20 minutes this one's gonna take a lot longer because of the edge finishing that has to be done so I will see you after the introduction and show you exactly how to make both of these let's start with the easier of these two to construct as you can see I just have a big rectangle of fleece now I will tell you this is not stretched fleece but these are more comfortable to wear if your fleece does have some stretch so if you have a choice get the one with some stretch now to determine how wide and how tall I made this first you're going to want to measure your hips you want to divide that number by three and round it off so that you have a whole number and then add 28 to 32 inches to that depending on how long you want the sleeves make sure that your total measurement isn't longer than you are tall otherwise you're gonna have sleeves that like fall off the ends of your arms and it's not going to be comfortable so I've gone ahead and I've cut mine to have the additional 28 inches in width and then one third of my hip measurement and in height you want to be somewhere between 30 to 36 inches depending on how long you want this to be and how tall you are so as a reference I'm five foot three and I've cut mine thirty inches in height once you have your fabric cut out you want to fold it in half matching those long edges and then we're going to make a mark on the fabric over here make sure when you're folding that you're folding right sides together if your fabric has a right and wrong side and then I'm going to use my ruler and my chalk here to mark down six inches and what I'm going to do is I'm going to sew a seam right there and stop at six inches so just click that together so that I will remember it's going to be important to backstitch at the beginning and the end of this seams they're only sewing about six inches there make the same mark on the other side of your fabric as well and then take this on over to the machine and sew those seams okay I have those seams used a quarter inch seam allowance but you don't even need a sewing machine for this necessarily you could totally hand stitch this and I went ahead and backstitch at the beginning at the end and now if you turn the fabric right side out you'll see how this works what you created where the sleeve the armholes so whole project folds up kind of like this and then you can put it on you're done especially because fleece does not race you don't have to worry about hemming any of those openings so there we go the arms go through those and you've got that sewn let's look at this second version of that same shrug now this is constructed in basically the same way but because I'm using a knit blanket this time to construct my shrug we have to take a little bit of extra care when I cut this down to size so this blanket is from Ikea and I can make two shrugs out of one blanket which made it a little more cost effective plus it's the soft chunky knit that I couldn't find in stores now because it is that chunkier knit we have to take a little bit of care to make sure things don't unravel so you're going to want to have a crochet hook to do this and it's also a good idea to have some contrasting thread now first I'm going to show you how I cut this and it's vertical in the frame but this is actually a horizontal cut the knit stitches on this fabric have been formed by looping thread this way and then coming back that way and so on and so forth if you look really closely you can see these like this is a column of knit stitches there so this is vertical this is horizontal and we need to cut first cut this fabric horizontally to do that just to mark and make I know exactly where I'm cutting and I'm gonna be accurate I want to take some contrasting thread in a big tapas tree needle here and you see how this one has these raised rows that's because this particular stitch is called a garter stitch if you don't have those raised rows if your knit fabric just looks like those columns of knit stitches on the front and only raised rows like that on the back that's a different kind of stitch called the stockinette stitch you can use that too the principle is going to be the same what you want to do is go under one column of those stitches which is two threads over the next two threads under over and so on and what you're forming here is basically a slip stitch through the fabric the reason I do this is because it's going to help me see visually where I want to cut and make sure that I'm cutting this straight because I'm going to need those loops to get finished back off so do that all the way across your blanket another hint to figure out which way is vertical and which way is horizontal most blankets are going to have less width horizontally than they are vertically so if your blanket like this one is a rectangle usually the shorter side is the horizontal side of course if you're using regular knit sweater knit fabric to do this you can skip all of these steps because that is knitted in a smaller needle so that you're not going to have the frame that you have that I'm going to deal with here alright so I've got a head and you can see I've got two lines and that's because I'm going to cut to 30-inch shrugs but I'm gonna cut close to this line first so it's a little bit nerve-racking this if you've ever been a knitter to cut the knitted fabric but I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to cut that row of loops right next to the one that I put my thread through okay I've cut it all the way across and now want to handle this very carefully until I get that edge refinished off so I'm going back to one end here and what you'll see is I've got all of these little tiny pieces of yarn where I cut it and then if I carefully dislodge those so you see that was a whole loop that just pulled out there then what I should find is there will be a loop on the end so here's my loop on the end I want to stick my crochet needle through that and then I want to find the next loop by dislodging the little yarn pieces okay see the next loop right here I want to take that and I want to pull it through in my previous loop and then I'm gonna go to the next little speck a yarn that is sticking out there and I've got another loop so sticking my crochet needle through that and pulling it through the one that's on my needle what will happen as I start to do this is you'll you're noticing my contrasting yarn is starting to come out that's exactly what we want and you can also see how I'm creating like a chain stitch to finish off this edge so it's not all unraveling with little bits of yarn sticking out of it you want to go slowly and only get one loop at a time so that you can immediately finish it back in okay so continue that all the way along the edge to finish up that edge okay so I'm almost all the way across the piece that I cut it here and I just want to show you this thread here that's marking where I'm gonna cut off the excess of the blanket so that it's not wider than I want and so I'm only going to continue my little crochet border to that thread and then I'll show you how I determine how I marked that and as we cut it next all right so here is the last loop that I want to be worried about for the border here and just to make sure that this loop doesn't close up or go anywhere I'm gonna put my scrap yarn through it for now and just tie a loose little knot to secure that that I can untie later okay to cut this vertically I've gone ahead and I have you see how there's just little downward facing bumps or upward facing bumps I've run my needle through one row of all the downward facing bumps and that's how I've gotten this yarn marker here that I can see before I cut though I'm gonna need my sewing machine here and I sew right next to through that line of bumps right next to my thread and I'm gonna stitch that on the sewing machine just to help secure this a little more because when you cut vertically on knitting when you're cutting down one of those rows of columns you're actually creating a whole bunch of different short pieces of yarn instead of you know once we picked up the loops up here that was actually one continuous piece of yarn that we're looping into one into the other once we pulled out these little things when you cut vertically all you're gonna get are a bunch of short pieces of yarn where it would pull out one row if you pulled out across so that's why we're going to go ahead and stitch before we cut this okay I'm using matching thread and I'm using a pretty short two millimeter stitch lengths to stitch down here okay now that I've sat on that line of stitching next to my thread that marks the end of where I want the fabric to you I'm going to go ahead and move like one row over and cut vertically through this Colin okay and then to make sure this edge gets finished because you can see there's little pieces of thread coming out the end here I'm gonna fold this over and I'm going to stitch it again right on the edge okay I'm still using coordinating thread and essentially this is just stitching right next to the row I already stitched okay down here at the end this is my last little loop from where we finished the other cut edge and I'm going to want to make sure that gets stitched down but without the string in it so I'm just being really careful to make sure that loop gets some stitches through and then I'm actually gonna back stitch just to make sure it's really secure so all that prep work to get clean edges is the part of this that takes a long time now that I've got those edges all stitched down any of this extra little pieces of thread of yarn I can kind of just trim those off and then my marker yarn this green yarn that I was using to mark where I wanted to cut you can pull that right out and then I have the correct size piece to just go ahead and fold it in half just like we did with the fleece piece and I'm gonna stitch six inches down on this edge just like I did with the police piece and six inches on the opposite edge you [Applause] now you could go ahead like we did the first time and use the machine to stitch this up but since it's knit fabric and I've been taking all that time to finish the edges I went ahead and unraveled some of the thread from where I made that horizontal cut across the blanket and I'm going to use a blind stitch to stitch this up so I'm gonna put my edges like let them together like that and it's actually going to be easier for me to do it this way okay so what you want to do with your thread is you're gonna come up and go ahead and tie your tail around that first stitch and then you'll use a needle or a crochet hook later to weave that in so that it's not just hanging out there okay once I've got it on that side I'm going to come up through the opposite side and then I'm gonna go under two stitches on one side and then go back to the other side and go under two stitches and then just keep repeating back and forth and when you pull those together when you pull that thread tight you'll see how it seems out and it almost looks like there isn't any stitching there at all okay once I'm done stitching pull it tight and then make sure to stretch it back out and I'm going to take the yarn to the wrong side of this seam now and I'm going to weave it in a few stitches and knot it before I cut it this end up here that we noted I'm going to use my crochet hook and I'm going to weave that in so you can't see the end hanging out there we go I just need to repeat that on the other side now so once you've finished sewing up your sleeves this is what the blanket shrug looks like and to compare it on a few different bodies here it is on me and see it drapes much more than the fleece one and here is the same-size shrug on my assistant Susan so one size fits most it just fits differently

16 Replies to “DIY Cocoon Cardigan – Make a Blanket Sweater”

  1. love all your sewing and tips.👍 Maybe 1 small tip that would be useful to me and many others and would certainly appreciate it. Inches are not really easy for me while watching your video. Would be very easy if possible, for example, to convert the inches to cm as an extra in a corner of upcoming movies. Dankjewel☺ Greetings from Belgium. Maria

  2. I just finished mine! And in time to participate in the Cozy-cardi challenge on IG:) Thanks for this easy DIY Melissa:)

  3. I love the color of the knitted one and it looks fantastic on you both. The color is gorgeous and the drape is amazing. Probably feels like a warm hug wearing it.

  4. Like this made similar myself out of chiffon, but the measurements were wrong, can follow your advice on measurements
    And use softer fleece fabric and hopefully get them same results as you. Have a couple i bought a few years back and loved them and did want to copy so thanks for your video!

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