How to Patch a Hole with Crochet

comments (10) October 21st, 2008     

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Now that Ive mended the hole with crochet, I like my sweater even better than before it had the hole!
This unsightly hole is about to be replaced by a lovely crochet patch!
First, youll need to trim away the damaged edges of the hole.
Now that Ive mended the hole with crochet, I like my sweater even better than before it had the hole!

Now that I've mended the hole with crochet, I like my sweater even better than before it had the hole!

Photo: Cal Patch

One of my favorite cashmere sweaters has had a nasty hole in the elbow for more than a year now, so it's been residing in the mending pile and I haven't worn it in ages. I miss it! It's pink, so I decided that now was the time to get it back into rotation (it doesn't hurt that it's also October). I found some alpaca yarn I had lying around in a similar pink, and here's what happened:

1. Trim the hole. Using a small, sharp scissors, cut away the worn and fraying edges of the hole. Also remove any runs because they will only continue to spread.


This unsightly hole is about to be replaced by a lovely crochet patch!

First you'll need to trim away the damaged edges of the hole.

2. Begin to crochet. Using your tiniest hook (you don't want to tear any stitches of the sweater when you poke the hook into it), join on your yarn with a single crochet stitch. Continue to single crochet around the circumference of the hole, keeping the stitches close together to enclose the cut edge inside. At the end of your first row, join to the first stitch with a slipstitch, and switch to a bigger hook if you want to.


Attach yarn and begin to single crochet around the edge...

...and continue all the way around.

3. Fill in the hole. Continue to fill in the hole with consecutive rounds of single crochet, decreasing as necessary. I guesstimated that I would need six or seven rounds to fill in the hole, so I began by decreasing every sixth stitch in the second round and increased more frequently as I progressed to the smaller rounds. When I got to the last two rounds, I decreased every stitch, and then finished off and wove in the end. A quick steaming with my iron made everything lie smoothly, and I'm so happy with the result! I'll bet you've got something that could be repaired this way in your pile of mending; now I like my sweater even better than before it had the hole.


You'll need to decrease more frequently for each round, as the hole gets smaller.

And before you know it, you'll be done!

posted in: yarn, pink, sweater, mending, patch, repair, darning

Comments (10)

Yarn_utilitarian writes: Thanks so much for the idea! I just patched a hole in the knee of my jeans with this trick, and I'm so pleased with the results. Since denim tends to unravel when pulled, I folded back and pinned the edges before securing them with the blanket stitch. Will post pictures soon!
Posted: 12:52 am on January 3rd
kelticgirl writes: I love this idea! Great way to save your most beloved items!
Posted: 1:18 pm on January 31st
gardenpartynyc writes: this makes me very happy for all of the sweaters currently in my "to go" pile. they just got a reprieve.

xo
Posted: 9:45 pm on January 25th
MaraNoel writes: Last summer I repaired a mermaid doll for a sad little 2-year -old in the same way, but with embroidery floss. Yikes. I am happy to see that great minds do truly think alike.
Posted: 7:28 pm on January 8th
sewluvbabies writes: I think that is SUPER info!
Posted: 9:12 pm on November 12th
Keepitmovingdesign writes: This makes me want to rip holes in my sweaters!!!!!!! Thanks Cal!-kim
Posted: 10:04 am on November 8th
CalPatch writes: it would work in jeans; you might just want to do the first round in a blanket stitch (embroidery) with a needle and yarn, as the hook can tear holes in the denim... show us if you try it!
Posted: 6:31 pm on November 6th
MineFull writes: hmmmm, great idea. I wonder if it would translate for holes in knees of jeans?
Posted: 11:43 am on October 23rd
croqzine writes: Love it! Super easy & cute!
Posted: 7:31 pm on October 21st
TheArtfulDogger writes: Totally great idea! This could be used to deliberately alter sweaters in addition to mending.

Thanks for posting.
Posted: 5:10 pm on October 21st
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