Get The Look – Constellation Cardigan

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

This trendy Kites and Constellations Cardigan was $118 at Anthropologie, but even at that price it seems to have sold out. That didn’t stop this sweater from inspiring a lot of DIY versions though. The simplicity of the cardigan makes it an excellent place to pull inspiration from. However, I think with the right designs and the right cardigan, we can make something even more simple and chic than the original.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

It can start rather simply with a blue cardigan. Any cardigan can work. You can do the classic boyfriend style that Anthropologie went with, but I spotted this drape style cardigan off ebay for only $13 and liked it even better. It doesn’t matter what style you pick, as long as it can hold up to some light embroidery.

That embroidery of course is going to be all the little star designs available from the Ecliptic Constellations design pack. These come in lots of different sizes and are individually stitched, with means it’s easy to place them anywhere you need to create constellations. Want to see how to hoop teeny star designs? We did it on this scarf pretty easily.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

Mark on your cardigan where you need all your starts to be, and stitch and hoop them one by one. It may sound a little daunting, but actually these designs stitch so fast you’ll be done before you know it. After all, we’ve stitched dozens of stars like this on a project before. For now, don’t fret about the constellation lines. Those come next. Also, I think it’s kind of fun to sprinkle a few random stars about the place, to give the whole sweater a heavenly feel. That’s optional though, you could just stick with the constellations.

Psstt… you know what else would look chic on this sweater? One of those pretty constellation designs right on the back! Choose your sign to make this cardigan truly your own.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

Now, here’s the point that can be done two ways. If you want the chunky, retro style stitching like the original sweater, you best bet is to go old school with your embroidery. Yup… grab some white floss and get stitching by hand! It’s a very very simple stitch, you just need to connect the lines of your stars with a few big stitches.

Don’t feel like embroidering by hand? You can stitch a line by machine. Try using cotton thread for a thicker effect, and stitch over your line a few times to make sure it shows up. Take care on stretchy sweaters not to bunch it up.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

So, there you have it. It’s a slightly updated look, but if you like the retro appeal of the original sweater, you can always find a cardigan like that. In fact, I bet thrift stores are full of them! Just sprinkle on a few stars, stitch in some embroidery thread, and you have a sweater inspired by the heavens. It’s a lot less than if you could have bought it even when it was available, and this way, you get to pick your own sweater, your own constellations. Wrap up against the chilly winter sky with a starry sky of your own!

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8 Responses to “Get The Look – Constellation Cardigan”

  1. 1
    PPatcat says:

    Fantastic! most of the sweaters you suggested on EBay are gone in my size but I was lucky enough to snag a pretty purple one … woot! my fave.
    Can’t wait to get it and put my constellation on the back and sprinkle the front as you suggest. I love you guys for your innovation and talent!! Keep up the great work/play!!
    Thanks so much.

  2. 2

    I actually love it even more before the hand stitched lines between the stars! AWESOME and I want one.

  3. 3
    AmyB says:

    First off have no idea how Anthropologie could sell out at that price! Wow!
    Secondly I love your sweater way more! The stars look better on your type of sweater with the collar drape.
    Last thing you can pick up a very cute blue cardigan like Anthro’s at Old Navy $15!
    Thanks for the great tutorial!!

  4. 4
    Cherrylmaree says:

    Such a clever idea. Love bargains and this combination is ‘A Star’. Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for all the beautiful designs and creative ideas.

  5. 5
    Kevin Kohl says:

    Great information shared.I am very happy to look at this so much creativity in this.
    Fantastic walk-through.

  6. 6
    VaL says:

    Wonderful! Found my sweater, a light knit and drape to it but, I have one question.
    I have never embroidered on anything knit. Should I use a water dissolving stabilizer on the back and also on the front to trap the knit between the stabilizers? Even though my knit is very thin, I still don’t want my stitches to sink into it.
    Thanks VaL!

    • Niamh says:

      If it’s a small knit it should be fine, but I would use a soft cut away stabilizer on the back instead of a water soluble one. If your knit is a little more chunky, you can add a topping of water soluble stabilizer to keep the stitches from sinking too much. Good luck!

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