Tutorial Tuesday: Sweater Pants

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What's better than a warm, cozy sweater on a chilly day? A pair of swants! Swants aka sweater pants. Although this isn't a new idea (honestly nothing in fashion is), swants are perfect for running errands in cold temps when you don't want to rely on sweatpants. I was on a hunt for a pair of sweater leggings last year and scored them from Aeropostale for 12 bucks on sale!
I also nabbed these from H&M. The sucky part is trying to find sweater knit material to cut-and-sew a pair. I haven't been able to find any fabric in NYC's garment district or online. If anyone knows of a fabric store/shop, please let me know.

Stephen West of westknits.com was kind enough to provide a detailed (and pretty funny) tutorial to make your own from an old sweater. None wants to wear those awful Christmas sweaters, but they'd be kinda awesome as pants. Crafty and repurposing at the same time!

What you need:
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 tapestry needle
  • About 10 safety pins
  • Waste yarn for seaming (You can use a serger or sewing machine for cleaner finishing.)

You try on the sweater (legs inside sleeves), cut out the neck area to create a crotch area of the pants. And then seaming comes into play. Check out the West Knits blog for more details. Go on and get crafty!
© Stephen West
© Stephen West
© Stephen West


Yarnbox is a new subscription program for knitters. It's just like Birchbox or Curlbox, but with yarn-goodness inside. How cool is that? They offer different subscription options on their website and you get a box delivered monthly. The really cool thing I liked was taking a little survey about what you'd colors and weights you'd prefer to be sent. And there was a question of whether you knit, crochet or both. Check out their website: https://yarnbox.com.

Thanks to Gaye Glasspie for telling her GG Made It Facebook followers about it!! I would have never known about it otherwise. Onto the good stuff: I received my first box on Friday. Yay! So here's what was in the November box. (Btw, there was a small packet of Runts candy included. I devoured those before taking a photo. LOL.)

The yarn is Lhasa Wilderness, Yak / Bamboo Blend by Bijou Basin Ranch. (More info here.) When I read "yak down" I was in shock. Like...really? Yak?! But the yarn feels super soft and cool to touch. Already have plans for this to become a pair of cabled mitts.

Brrr, it's cold!

I know, I know. It's been a while. This whole "work-life balance" thing is really hard to master. Who knew?! I've been knitting more lately, mainly cowls. Chunky and super bulky weight yarns are definitely my favorites now. When it comes to quick projects (and possibly a shirt attention span), they are the best way to go. Two coworkers requested a cowl after they saw me wearing this one. So here's one in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick charcoal grey and another in Hometown USA black, both yarns by Lion brand. 

It's really chilly and windy in NYC this weekend. My plan is to make a mug of hot chocolate, lounge on the couch watching my DVR and knit up some stuff.  What are you doing today?