The Visible Mending Programme #11 – THAT Green Cardigan

Item #11 in The Visible Mending Programme mixes new mending techniques with a familiar story. Zoë had heard of my Visible Mending Programme through word of mouth. She had a gorgeous green cardigan with some fraying cuffs, welts and pockets that urgently required my attention. Oh, and one horrifying hole:

Zoë’s cardigan story will be familiar to many people: when she spent some time in New York, Zoë did the inevitable thing, and went shopping. The sales were on and she spotted a beautiful green cashmere cardigan which was reduced in price. However, it was still very expensive, it wasn’t in her size, and she didn’t really have the money for it. With a sad heart, she left the shop. But you know what it’s like: the cardigan  stuck in her mind, and when she spotted another concession of the same shop, she just had to go in and check. Because you can never know. And there it was: THAT green cardigan. In her size. On sale. The only one left. What can one do?

Needless to say, Zoë returned to the UK with said cardigan. It has held up really well – I think the cashmere used is of superior quality. However, favourite items in your wardrobe make many outings, and get love worn around the edges: this frayed cuff shows signs of a mending attempt:

Stress points at pockets started to unravel, the welt started to fray, and of course, there was that hole in the elbow. The chunky knit meant I could try out some new ideas about cuff fixing and elbow patching, and I’m really pleased with the result. I used 100% Jacob wool in aran weight, as I like the contrast: the cardigan made of dyed 100% cashmere, a delicate and luxurious very soft fibre from goats. The mending done in undyed 100% jacob wool, which is very strong and has a more sturdy feel to it.

The elbow patch was knitted in (you can see stitches being picked up in the first picture). I used moss stitch, as Zoë mistakenly believed the cardigan was knitted in moss stitch:

The welt and cuffs were mended by picking up stitches and knitting a 1×1 ribbing. I used a tubular cast-off as it looks good and is very elastic. Jacob wool is strong and has lots of spring, so I’m sure it will keep up for a long time. I mended the pocket corner with a little bit of crochet:

I met up with Zoë earlier today. I’m pleased to report that she was delighted with Visible Mend #11. We had a nice chat and a coffee, when it turned out that she has another horrific hole in her wardrobe. That, however, will be the subject of another post.

A vintage cardigan repaired with vintage wool

I popped into my friend Alex’s shop recently, and she was wearing a vintage cardigan with roled up sleeves. We were chatting away over a nice cuppa and the conversation turned to mending and darning clothes and soon it became apparent why her sleeves were roled up:

Look at those HOLES!

A challenge I couldn’t resist. A Prime Visible Mending Programme Item. This was clearly a love-worn garment. Upon inspection it appeared the damage was mainly due to general wear and tear. The right sleeve had worn through completely and the left sleeve showed thinning in the same area. And what better to use than vintage wool? Ms. Busby’s wool in clear blue seemed to go very well with the green cardigan.

Here’s how I tackled it:

To fill the huge hole I knitted a patch on the right sleeve and ‘duplicate’ stitched thin areas (clearly, this isn’t true duplicate stitching as I used a different gauge) in order to keep the inherent stretch of knitted fabric:

The left sleeve has lots of lovely darning and loads more duplicate stitching to inforce the thin areas. Duplicate stitching is the new darning!

Both cuffs were badly frayed and Alex had made an attempt to fix that with embroidery thread. However, whip stitching around ribbing makes it flare out, so I unpicked it and folded the cuffs double, and on the inside I herringbone stitched it down. This ensures maximum stretch is maintained. I like how it gives a pinstripe effect around the cuff. Here’s the end result. What do you think?

YMC – tomofholland mashup * The Visible Mending Programme

I have this old YMC jersey which is really rather comfortable. It has started to fray at the cuffs and I was tired of having to explain that the scorpion appliqué on the front did indeed NOT mean I was a scorpio (I’m a virgo, don’t you know). So, I’ve taken the sting out, did some darning with my fave Shetland wool, and here’s the result.

Here’s the darn:

And the needle felt patch:

And obviously, 10 years of washing has faded the colour:

The Visible Mending Programme. Or, how to hide those pesky moth holes

A couple of weeks ago a friend gave me her favourite red cashmere jumper. Moths had a feast and they left holes all over the place. Otherwise it was still a lovely jumper, so it was the perfect candidate to enter The Visible Mending Programme. So this is what I came up with:

After going over the jumper with a comb to make sure I didn’t leave a hole uncovered, I used some Jamieson’s Shetland Ultra 2ply to chain stitched from hole to hole. I darned each hole with some judicious weaving. Then I got my crochet hook out and crocheted a ruffle made up from double, triple and quadruple sts. I bunched up the ruffle over each darned hole.

The hole on the back is slightly different: it has been closed by needle felting.

It’s my friend’s birthday tomorrow, so I think it makes a perfect gift!

Oh no, moths have had a feast on this red cashmere jumper!

My friend has a lovely red cashmere jumper. But MOTHS have had a feast on it! As you can see, I have carefully gone over the jumper to find out where they had their starter, main course and pudding. I think they may have had a cheeseboard too. I marked all the holes with coilless safety pins, as I think this is a perfect candidate for the Visible Mending Programme.

I’m planning to use some Jamieson’s Ultra 2ply shetland laceweight to connect all the holes with a fine ruffle. Let’s hope the MOTHS won’t find out.

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