Wrapped up inside this lovely vintage crochet throw is this:
Some friends of mine at church asked if I would take a look at this throw that his grandmother had made for him and try to repair it. He is a Labrador-lover, and his dog apparently loved on this blanket one day while "mom & dad" weren't home. I'm not sure how old the blanket is, my friends are in their mid 50s, so I'm thinking this throw has been around at least 30 years or more especially after looking at the variances in the yarn color in the top picture. I have been procrastinating for about a month to get this done and decided today was the day to git er done. Here is the process I used (and made up as I went along!)
- Clean the wound, i.e., remove any loose fibers and tie off any loose ends
making sure to keep one of the longer loose ends unclipped to tie into.
2. Tie loose end of crochet blanket to yarn that is being used to repair blanket with a sewer's knot:
and start crocheting with pattern as much as possible. This will be difficult to do and somewhat fiddly since your tension and yarn size may be different from the original. Make sure to slip stitch wherever needed as you crochet to close the gaps up as you go. Your ending repair will not be perfect, but much better than a hole in your much loved blankie that tends to get bigger and bigger!
Here are the holes and their before and after shots: