How to Embroider on a Sweater
Are you a fan of snuggling up in a cozy sweater on a cool, crisp day? Embroider your love for sweater weather on the collar of your favorite pullover! A touch of hand-stitching on a ready-made or handmade sweater makes it extra-special.
Because sweaters stretch, you need to stitch carefully. It's best to work without an embroidery hoop. However, the process is simple when you use the tracing paper method for marking your pattern. Not only does the paper show you what to stitch, but it also acts as a stabilizer for your embroidery.
What You'll Need
Equipment / Tools
- Embroidery floss
- Tracing paper
Download and Print the Pattern
Download the Sweater Weather pattern. Print out the pattern at your desired size; the pattern page includes three versions, each with a different curve. Hold the patterns up to the neckline of your sweater to see which one works best.
Trace the Pattern
Use a regular pencil to trace the pattern on tracing paper. Cut loosely around the design so there's at least 1/2-inch of extra space around the words.
Baste the Pattern to the Sweater
Use regular thread and long-running stitches to baste the tracing paper pattern along the neckline of the sweater. Make sure that the pattern aligns with the neckline as you attach the paper. If it's crooked now, the embroidery will also be crooked.
Embroider the Design
Start your embroidery with an away knot, which will hold the end of embroidery floss temporarily. A standard knot at the end of the thread will pull through the sweater and won't be secure.
Embroider the design with your favorite basic stitch. The sample uses three strands and reverse chain stitch, but you can also use something as simple as a backstitch.
When ending a thread and starting a new one, weave the ends in securely on the back of the previous stitches. After all the embroidery is done, carefully snip the away knot. Thread the end of the loose thread through your needle and weave it through the back of the completed stitches.
Remove the Paper Template
To finish off your embroidered sweater, remove the basting stitches from the tracing paper. Next, begin carefully tearing away the paper. Try to tear along the edges of the stitching, but avoid tugging at the stitches too much. Sometimes the pieces of paper get stuck under the embroidery. If that happens, use a needle and/or tweezers to gently remove the pieces.