Embroidery on knitting is everywhere right now, including on this hand-knit sweater with custom floral initial by MumHugsKnit on Etsy.
What’s New in Craft is a new series rounding up the latest craft books, kits, patterns, and supplies around a popular craft trend. For our second installment, we’re looking at embroidery on knits! That’s right, combine two of your favorite needlecrafts to create a truly unique and eye-catching piece. We’re seeing this trend pop up everywhere, from women’s sweaters and accessories to embellished items for kids. Take a look!
In this online class, Betz White shows you step-by-step how to take an existing knitted item (either hand-knit or maybe something thrifted) and embellish it with yarn embroidery. Learn how to choose the best knits to embroider, review basic embroidery stitches, then make a cozy pair of wrist warmers. For your final project, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind sweater or pillow.
This PDF pattern from Stitch & Story, rated “easy,” will show you how to make a lovely knitted blanket embroidered with round floral motifs. The finished blanket measures 100cm x 125cm and would be a beautiful baby or housewarming gift. Want to also get the yarn for this project? Stitch & Story has put together a yarn bundle to make it easy to get started.
Embroidery on Knitting: Inspirational Modern Designs for Stitching onto Knitted Garments by Britt-Marie Christoffersson
Christoffersson has been embroidering on knitting since the late 1970s and has truly explored every avenue. Published in April 2020 by Search Press, this book contains 250 ideas for embroidering your knitting. “It has me reimagining knitting completely – the serotonin bomb of knitting stockinette or garter stitch followed by a creative foray into embellishing,” writes Knitty.com founder Amy Singer.
Sweaters for Children
Would you rather support an artist than DIY this craft? Artist Anastasia in Belarus has created an entire collection of hand-knit embroidered sweaters for kids. Select a custom sweater with your child’s initial embroidered in wool flowers or a cheerful yellow or purple cardigan embellished with daisies.
Artist and maker Wendy Baker has been exploring wool embroidery on hand-knit mittens. Inspired by the emerging springtime weather, Baker stitches lush bouquets onto the top of each mitten. She creates custom pieces and sells ready-to-buy pairs in her Etsy shop.
Myracle is a premium knitwear brand for sustainable wardrobes that aims to support slow fashion, fair manufacturing, sustainable materials, and women’s economic independence. Sweaters are made to order and are knitted by a team of women in Turkey. Styles include chunky embroidered daisies, strawberries, cherries, clouds, rainbows and more all stitched onto oversized sweaters for a truly eye-catching effect.
Know of any other resources on embroidery on knits? Please share below so we can check them out.