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Posted - 02/09/2014 :  1:56:40 PM  Show Profile Send ak a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, all!

I knit a Bohus several years back -- the Gold pullover. Anyway, it's knit on, I believe 3s or smaller, in a fuzzy 50% angora 50% woool yarn, and there's 3 colors (which are rather close in shade) together in the area that is ripped. I fell wearing the sweater, and it got torn on the concrete.

The hole isn't too big -- unstretched, I'd say it's about a 1" circle. I know generally how to fix knitting problems and holes, but It's pretty hard to tell what's going on because of the fuzzy yarn and the very small gauge.

I was wondering if anyone's every patched knitting and, if so, how htey went about it. Obviously, it would have to be elasic (hole is on teh back of the shoulder), and it would have to keep the existing sweater from running further. I was thinking I could knit a small circle of something that would blend in well, and then stitch it behind the sweater with one of the torn colors (I have a bit of leftover yarn).

I'd be happy for suggestions other than patching, as well, if you have one.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Thank you so much!


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Posted - 02/10/2014 :  06:23:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You can also darn the hole. Check out YouTube video's.

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Posted - 02/11/2014 :  09:14:16 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Winter 2013 Twist Collective had a really interesting article on darning that I learned A LOT from. It discusses three ways of darning and the pros and cons of each.

Before I read the article I'd only tried the Swiss darning, and I've honestly never been very good at it. It's the neatest, but I think it might be the hardest given your large hole and fluffy yarn.

Here's a link:


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Posted - 02/18/2014 :  7:25:51 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Robinsteph - the Twist article is a good summary.

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Posted - 02/27/2014 :  05:25:15 AM  Show Profile Send sockjoan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd make a patch in situ, by picking up the relevant number of stitches just below the hole, knitting the required number of rows, grafting the patch to the body of the sweater, and then using the tails to carefully stitch the sides of the patch in place. Yes, I have done this myself, and was very pleased with the result.
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Posted - 02/27/2014 :  06:58:15 AM  Show Profile Send liz ruork a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hihi i would go for the best quality repair feasible... pick up a clean row of stitches below and above the hole and using a single strand of yarn knit up to the clean row above and kitchener... then take the other strand sand duplicate stitch over the area joining the sides of the patch to the main fabric as you go.... i think this would give you a good looking result but replace the integrity of the original fabric .... and no excessive strain at the upper and lower edges where a fix would be most likely to "give" again in the future... a bit fussy perhaps but if you love the sweater it is worth the fuss

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Posted - 02/27/2014 :  07:19:56 AM  Show Profile Send storiesr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Needle felt a patch? One to match or as a whimsical embellishment


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Posted - 02/27/2014 :  12:20:39 PM  Show Profile Send dakota a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My question are you? Hole on the back of the shoulder...did you hit your head? So sorry, hope you aren't injured (as your sweater is!)

Lois in Virginia
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