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Moth Embroidered Sweater

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One or more moth-eaten sweaters. The simpler the sweater the better. You don’t want your stylized moth holes competing with a pattern. Also, you want a fine knit like cashmere or merino. The technique doesn’t work on chunky knits.

by Jennifer Kabat Lemons into lemonade—there are all sorts of sayings about how you’re supposed to transform bad things into good. So I’ve got a new one: moths and sweaters. In particular, cashmere sweaters. You know those moths that eat up your sweaters and have you swearing when autumn comes and you take out your favorite cardigan? Well, those moth holes are a good thing, I promise.

Thread in a contrasting color or colors, like pink for a brown sweater, fuchsia with orange or vibrant green on navy. You can also make each hole a different color, although I didn’t because I didn’t want it to seem too overpowering. I did have a lot of holes to fix after all. I use regular thread but you might try silk thread that would snag less.

A thin needle with a small eye (#7 needle). You don’t want to make the hole bigger by using a thick needle with a big eye.

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