How to create knit-sweater effect for christmas animation?


A client is asking for an animation that zooms into video of a christmas sweater and the characters on the sweater are animated. I think this could be pretty cool and very graphical, but i’m not sure how to go about making the sweater texture animate. I would think I could animate fairly simple objects and have some sort of base layer effect that affects the whole animation globally to make it look knit. It could look good in low framerate too. Does anyone have any idea how to achieve this kind of effect? Would something like this be better to do in a 3D package? Thank you!


Possibly too late?

but then it took 1 second in google - knitted animation…