Crochet-hacking with Steel & Stitch

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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.

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

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3. Carefully cut out the hole

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

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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.

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

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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!