Sometimes, a much cherished crocheted item starts to wear out. Instead of throwing it away, crochet items can easily be fixed by cutting out and replacing the worn parts. Cutting and fixing crochet fabric can be an effective solution to salvaging a beloved piece.
According to a study by the University of Wollongong in Australia, crocheters reported that crocheting made them feel calmer (89.5 per cent), happier (82 per cent), and more useful. (74.7 percent). Combine this with the ability to repair beloved items and you are onto a winner.
In a few easy steps, you can give a new lease of life to your favourite crochet pieces. Follow our guide to find out how:
What you will need
Before starting on a crochet repair project, gather the necessary tools and materials. You will need sharp scissors, a yarn needle, a crochet hook and matching yarn to make seamless repairs.
How to cut and fix crochet a crochet project
Start off by carefully examining your crochet piece to determine the extent of the damage. If you find any loose or frayed ends, use your crochet hook to pull them to the back of the fabric. Secure them by weaving them into nearby stitches to prevent unravelling.
Using sharp scissors, carefully cut away the damaged sections of the crochet fabric. Ensure your cuts are neat and clean and remember to only remove the damaged sections. Then, using the matching yarn, thread your yarn needle. Always start at the edge of the cut and carefully insert the needle through the remaining stitches to reattach the yarn. Follow the pattern carefully to create stitches to fill the damaged area.
In cases where the damage is extensive or beyond repair, you might want to consider using crochet blanket kits. These contain everything you need to get started; for example, crochet blanket kits from Wool Couture can be used to recreate your beloved item from scratch.
Finish your repair by securing the yarn, making sure any loose ends are well hidden and secure.