Cashmere-Wool Patch Job

A while back I mentioned that a few projects were de-railed by a favorite sweater that needed an immediate patch job and, while I was sorting through the Photobucket mess, I realized i never posted the photos.

As you can see, it was pretty bad. I had a ball of worsted Aran wool leftover from another project that blended perfectly with the cashmere, but that was where my luck ended.

Swiss darning was ruled out quickly, but my 4mm crochet hook was useful in stabilizing the frayed stitching around the hole. I considered just crocheting in the round to patch the hole before I realized that, in working with the rib stitches, I had created a square. Oops.

Yeaaaaah. Throwing out that idea, I decided to do a patch — something stable that I could sew on that would move without pulling or unraveling what was left of my sleeve.

Working on the patch took the longest portion of time — an hour or so, single crochet stitches, chain one, turn, until I had a square large enough to fit over the window on the inside of my sleeve.

I opted to use a complementary color for the sewing, to follow what I was doing and make sure the patch was secure. The worsted wool blend is Martha Stewart “flamingo.” It worked pretty well. The stitches on the inside aren’t quite so pretty (or even) — fortunately, no one sees that bit when I’m wearing it. Not even me.

Not bad. Obviously a patch job but not distracting and, most importantly, my favorite cardigan is ready to wear in the colder months still ahead. I’ve been told I might want to give the patch a going-over with a felting needle to take care of some of the loose ends. What do you think?

~ by blackmoodcraft on July 11, 2017.

One Response to “Cashmere-Wool Patch Job”

  1. It’s worked well, I’ve no idea about the felting needle but I guess it wouldn’t do any harm?

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