20+ Cable Knit Sweater Nails: A Trend Worth Trying This Year


Whether you’re a sweater-lover or sweater-hater, sweater nails are for everyone.

It’s sweater weather, which means it is definitely time for knitted nail art, one of my favorite trends this year. Knitted nail art is perfect for the winter. You can do full manicure or just an accent nail. Knitted nail art isn’t too tacky or garish, but it has a high impact look.

If you don’t already know how to do sweater nails, this step-by-step guide is perfect for you (even if sweater crafting isn’t). If you’ve already mastered the art of knitted nails, why not expand your techniques with some new designs?

You can also get sweater nails done at your local salon. My technician knows exactly what I’m talking about when I ask for sweater nails because they’re so popular!

Regardless of the design you choose, make sure to check in with your nail technician ahead of time to ensure that they can accomplish the look you want.

How To Do Sweater Nails At Home:

You’ll want to do your nails like regular in order to get the base color down. I typically do gel nails at home, but you can do regular polish or dip, too.

Once you have two coats of your color dried, apply a top coat and cure the nail.

Next, you’re going to use a design brush to paint on the sweater nails design. You’ll want to opt for a thicker brush in order to get the cable knit sweater nail look.

Don’t worry about messing up – that’s why you cured the nail with the top coat. If you don’t like your design on the first try, wipe it off before it dries and start again. It can be helpful to have an inspiration photo (like those below) on hand so that you can follow a pattern.

Where To Buy Press On Sweater Nails:

I love press-on nails, however I don’t recommend that you head out to your local CVS or Walgreens and purchase a set. To be honest, those kinds of press on nails aren’t very good.

Instead, try buying press on nails from Etsy. They have some really amazing options from various sellers and the nails are high quality.

If you opt for press on nails, you can always cut and file them yourself to fit the current nail shape trend. I like to buy press-on nails on Etsy, but I use this glue to get them to stick for a good long while.

Sweater Nails Inspiration:

Note: I tried my best to link the source of these photos, but some are from really obscure places/I couldn’t find the original photographer. Please contact me to add more specific credit or for immediate photo removal.

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