It actually happens much too often: There’s a hole in that nice pair of pants or a zipper is broken and instead of fixing the garments, they are discarded. Whether it is because of lack of knowledge of clothing repair techniques or simply a lack of time I not dare to say.
This really is a shame and because of it I have the intention to repair clothing in my household as much as possible. To lower the threshold to actually do so, I like to use techniques that I know well and have the materials for where possible. In my case that would be crochet, using yarn and crochet hooks.
In this post I will show you a few clothing repairs I did recently, using crochet. Both examples are not so coincidentally related to clothing of my youngest. He’s four years old and really a little boy, especially when I look at how often he makes holes in the knees of his trousers!
With holes in pants, you can of course go for “official” knee patches. In this particular case though, I found it more fun to crochet knee patches in a nice contrasting color. If you sew the patches on both knees of the pants, it not only looks nice, but the pants can be worn much longer.
In this example I made a simple hexagon with a worsted weight acrylic yarn in combination with a crochet hook in size 3.5 mm (US # 4/E). It is important to use a relatively small crochet hook to achieve a smaller gauge than advised for the yarn, to get a dense fabric and a strong and durable knee patch.
Hexagonal knee or elbow patch
Round 1: Make 6 sc in a magic loop (or ch 2 followed by 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook). Continue working in a spiral.
Round 2: 2 sc in every st around (12 sts).
Round 3: (1 sc, 2 sc in next st) 6 times (18 sts).
Round 4: (2 sc, 2 sc in next st) 6 times (24 sts).
Round 5: (3 sc, 2 sc in next st) 6 times (30 sts).
Continue in this manner until your patch is large enough.
Next break yarn and leave a tail long enough to sew the patch to the garment.
Below is the result of the repair I did on my son’s trousers. Instead of pants, you can of course also use this technique for elbow patches on a sweater or jacket.
More recently the tab of the zipper of my son’s winter coat broke of. It would of course be a shame to buy a new jacket or even a new zipper just because that little tab broke. Here crochet came to the rescue as well:
Clothing repair rules!