Converting a sweater to a cardi is a DIY, upcycle skill that I've been wanting to add to my repertoire forever. When I found this grid patterned sweater on a sale rack at Forever 21 for FOUR DOLLARS, I knew I'd found my first victim.
I used this tutorial, which has great photos and step by step instructions: http://xoxotrina.com/2011/01/diy-sweater-to-cardigan/
The project was actually a little more complicated than I'd expected it to be, since once I cut into the sweater I realized that it was comprised of two thin layers of knit, rather than one thick layer like I'd expected. Sewing went pretty smoothly regardless, though, and in about 20 minutes I had a brand new cardi:
My biggest fear was that I'd wind up with a ruffle-y edge since I was using a standard sewing machine needle (not a ball point needle, as the tutorial's author suggests) and because I've never had much success sewing stretchy or knit fabrics. I'm pleased with the edge in the end though, no wonkiness in sight. I just went as slowly as possible and was extra careful not to pull the sweater as I stitched.
I'll be scouring my closet for more victims!