Fall is officially upon us, which means it’s sweater weather.
However, rather than shopping for a new set of knitwear, why not revamp the neglected pullovers you already own? With this simple DIY, you can create a studded sweater that keeps you warm and on trend.
Step 1: Pick your sweater. It can be any sweater from your closet, but make sure it is a color that will compliment the studs. For example, a burgundy sweater with bronze studs do not clash. Also be wary of the type of sweater you choose: waffle-knit sweaters have a loose stitch, so it’s easier to get the studs into the fabric, but cable-knit sweaters and thick sweatshirts may be more difficult because of a bulkier fabric.
Step 2: Find studs at your local craft store or online at Amazon.com. Be sure to get more than you need to leave room for error. Try to find a style that has a two-pronged back, as those are the easiest to fasten. Any color stud will do, but again, make sure it is something that will pair well with the sweater’s aesthetics. For example, blue sweaters would best be complemented with silver studs, and a red sweater looks best with gold studs.
Step 3: Map out where your studs will go. Put on your sweater to get an idea of its shoulder width because the seams may not match its breadth. Do not feel like you need a distinct pattern. The studs are meant to give your sweater an edgy vibe, and if it looks too uniform the sweater could lose its cool factor.
Step 4: Fasten the studs. Simply place the stud through the sweater, then fold over the two prongs with your fingers. Make sure to fasten the studs securely so they stay in place, or they could fall off in the washing machine. Do not be afraid to put pressure on the studs.
Step 5: Debut your transformed weater just in time for the fall weather.
A version of this article appeared in the Oct. 3 print edition. Keerthi Harishankar is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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