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This Instructable will keep you warm and cozy all winter and make much appreciated gifts that will warm your friends and family. The unisex design looks great on everyone.

Step 1:

I found this old Cashmere sweater at a thrift store for $5. It didn't fit, but I couldn't resist the coziness of this cloud of softness.

This is a great project for those shrunken sweaters you can't bear to make into another pillow.

Choose a sweater that is not too bulky. The hood will be double thickness in the end. Medium to light weight works best. Men's sweaters work well, because of the size. The bigger the sweater, the bigger the hood. Mine measures 50cm or about 20 inches, across the body of the sweater, and 33cm or 13 inches from armpit to bottom.

You want a pull-over that does not have a cinched or ribbed bottom.

Preferably a crew neck.

Step 2:

Lay the sweater out flat and take note, if there are side seams.

If there are seams, your good, if not, put a pin on each side at the bottom of the sweater, where the seam would be, to mark the spot.

Step 3:

Now, turn your sweater, inside out.

Match up the pins or side seams and pin them together. You're going to sew all along the bottom of the sweater.

Pin every few inches along the entire bottom of the sweater. Make sure the edges are matched together.

You can either sew this part on the sewing machine or by hand. Both will work well. Run a seam all along the length of the bottom of the sweater, fastening the 2 layers together.

Step 4:


Turn it right side out, through the neck hole, and poke the 2 pointy bits on the front and back of the bottom, together, to form the hood.

Hood up or down, it looks great.

Step 5:

Here's an extra detail you could add. (For the east coasters.)

For those days when you need to hunker down into your scarf, you could add a button hole at the end of one sleeve and a button on the end of the other.

This will allow you to wrap the sleeves behind your neck, and button them together, and be snug as a bug.

Step 6:

A final note:
A lot of pullovers have the cinched in ribbed bottom. If your sweater is long enough, you could cut that ribbing off and stitch the 2 cut edges together, but this would be best done on a sewing machine and not by hand. You don't want it to unravel. Preferably with a stretch stitch or at least a few times to reinforce.

OR, if you have the skills, you could weave the cut, knitted stitches together and get a beautiful seamless join. It would be a finicky job but great results. Way more than 5 minutes. :)

OR, if you are really adventurous, you could put buttons and button holes around the bottom of the sweater and then you could convert it back and forth from sweater to hoodie scarf.

Lots of potential for variations.

Please post your results. I'd love to see them.

I hope this keeps you well cozy this winter.

Thanks for looking.

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    This is wonderful & fantastic in its simplicity! Thanks for posting this!

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    You're welcome!! Thank you, thank you.

    what if you used a zipper to retain the sweater if needed " like a multi purpose sweater"

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    Yes, I think a zipper could work if you set it just above the bottom of the sweater, 1cm. That way it would not show, but I think small buttons and button holes would work better, or even hooks and eyes, every few cm. The zipper might be limiting and not allow the sweater to stretch at the bottom.

    I hope you give it a try and post your results.

    This is absolutely brilliant! And so easy!

    Yaay I have a really soft jumper that I don't wear anymore and this is perfect! Thank you :)

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    You're welcome.

    Don't forget to use the "I Made it" button.

    I'd love t see your hoodie jumper scarf.

    Well done! I love it! I have a few sweaters I did not want to toss! Thank you!

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    Stay warm.

    Thank you!

    Very creative! It's so interesting how some people can look at something and see a totally different shape and use for it with just a little adjustment. Very clear instructions, too.

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    Thank you! That was nice to hear. (I read out loud. ;)


    That makes me happy.

    Doubly happy. That was my 100th comment!!