How to fix it with LOVE❤️

I enjoy when my husband brings me items of his clothing to fix for him, because it makes me feel like a Good Wife when I do a Good Job and hand him back an item that was fixed with my love. So when he brought me this charcoal colored merino wool jersey to fix, I received it with a sense of delight. I managed to convince him to let me put a heart motif over the torn section, but he convinced me in return that the heart patch must match the jersey’s color. Not, alas, in a sparkly light blue.

The two holes that were torn in my husband's jersey are side by side and each one is about the size of an almond.

Crochet Pattern for the Heart-Shaped Patch

Ch4, ss into 1st ch, ch2.
Row 1: 11dc into center, ss into top of the 1st ch2 to close the row.
Row 2: hdc, (2dc, 2tc, 2dc) into next st, (dc, hdc) into next st, sc, hdc, (dc, 2tc, dc) into next st, hdc, sc, (hdc, dc) into next st, (2dc, 2tc, 2dc) into next st, hdc, ss to close.

This image shows how thin the yarn I am using is, even after I have doubled it up.

I used an incredibly thin and fluffy yarn from Ice Yarns called Kid Mohair Fine in a deep gray, almost black color. After doubling up the yarn, I worked with a 2.5mm crochet hook, which is also known as a UK size 12 or US size 2. This combination of yarn and hook size resulted in a thin fabric that would suit this project well, because I didn’t want to create a thick pad of yarn in the mended area.

The crochet heart that my free pattern makes with this yarn and hook combination is lacy and a little bigger than an inch across.

When I had finished crocheting the heart, I left a long tail, over three feet, (around one metre) to use in attaching the crochet heart shape to the knitted fabric.

Here is the long tail of yarn that I cut after finishing my crochet heart. I have threaded it onto an embroidery needle, ready for sewing on to the jersey.

Darning and weaving the hole in the knitted fabric

This sweater was made using a fine, lace-weight yarn and the knitted fabric is quite thin. I knew that I would need to darn it well to prevent the hole from growing, but that if I used too much yarn in the darning process, the addition of the crochet heart would make a big lump on my husband’s shoulder that he wouldn’t enjoy.

So, I darned quite loosely, first stitching horizontally over the holes, and then weaving my needle through the stitches vertically to create a new section of woven fabric to fill the holes.

Sewing on the Crochet Heart

Using an embroidery needle, I stitched the crochet heart shape to the jersey, making sure that the heart covered the mending work so it would be hidden from view.

I then embroidered chain stitch around the edge of the heart to cover up the stitches I made when sewing the patch to the clothing. The embroidery chain also created a visible edge to the heart, which looked a bit… mushy, I suppose, because of the furry nature of the yarn I used. A less fluffy yarn would have created a clearer heart shape with more stitch definition, but this was the most appropriate color and weight of yarn that I had on hand.

This close-up shows how the fluffy crochet heart nicely covers the mended holes, and the embroidered edging creates a neat heart shape.