Crochet-hacking with Steel & Stitch


Inside issue 88 you’ll find our latest embellishment – but this time with a twist! We’ve got crochet-hacking queen Emma Friedlander-Collins (a.k.a Steel & Stitch) on board to help you transform your damaged old clothes into crochet-tastic new garments!

Our first crochet-hacking project features cute kitty patches that are perfect for covering holes and worn out areas on your favourite shirt. Emmas had kindly provided these handy step-by-step images to help you with this upcycling embellishment project!

1. Start off by making your patch – you can find the pattern inside issue 88 of Simply Crochet, find your copy here.


2. Place patch on desired area that you want to cover and draw around.


3. Carefully cut out the hole


4. If the fabric is thin, fold back the edges and hem using hemming tape


5. Every 2.5cm make a mark around the edge of the hole and pierce using a sharp object like an awl or a chunky needle

6. Use a knitting needle to widen the hole so it’s big enough for a 4mm crochet hook. Using hook work 3tr into each hole and then join with a slip stitch.


7. Finally, using a yarn needle sew the patch onto your border!


And that’s it – you’ve now transformed that old shirt into a funky new piece of clothing! If you’ve got the crochet-hacking bug, be sure to show us your makes by tagging us in your photo’s on social media and using the hashtag #sctreblemaker!