DIY Distressed Knit

Distressed jumpers are everywhere at the moment and my pick of the best is for sure the metallic Euler knit by Zoe Jordan. That being said, the grandma in me is always wary of spending money on pre-distressed clothing just because it is more likely to get caught on things and break.For this reason I thought it could be a good candidate for a DIY project. I bought this metallic (it’s more silver-y than it looks in photographs) knit on eBay for £10. Other than that all you need is a pair of scissors and a reference image to inspire you.

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  • Cut the holes smaller than you would like to give them space to stretch when the jumper is worn
  • Use a coated knit (where the knit fabric has been covered with a metallic foil) as this will stop the fraying ripping too much over time
  • Don’t be afraid to cut large  circular holes for a more distressed effect
  • After each cut stretch by hand and trim away any excess knit material

This is so simple I’m not sure whether it can really count as a DIY!

Hope you are inspired to give this a go but if DIY isn’t your thing, here is my pick of the best pre-made distressed knits! 

Distressed knit

Grey knit | Newlook | £24.00

Silver Euler Knit | Zoe Jordan | £325

Metallic knit | boohoo | £8.00


  1. pittoresca 5th March 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I would say it can count ;)
    Nice work!

  2. Loice 23rd April 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I love this. I might just try it out!

    • designmischief 23rd April 2017 / 10:14 pm

      It’s super easy too! X

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