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Help, please, mending lg holes in chevron afghan

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Hi all : ) Help : how to invisibly repair 20 yo afghan w/ sig. damage--peephole chevron variant. Easy pattern, just need tuts for stabilizing damaged areas/ joining/finishing off yarn seamlessly. One hole--3" diam, the other, 10" diam. (in mid of afghan.) Have crocheted 37 yrs, this is my first big repair (non-crocheting relative asked for help--it's their afghan.)  Thanks so much! :rabbit

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hi, welcome to the ville :hook

 

those are some huge holes, a bigger task than I would want to tackle!  But I wish you good luck.  These are all the tutorials i know of that might help:

 

https://sites.google.com/site/crochetalterations/

 

http://www.crochetgeek.com/2013/03/how-to-repair-crochet-foundation.html

 

http://gocrochet.blogspot.com/search/label/repair%20a%20granny%20square

 

http://yarninyarnout.blogspot.com/2013/04/shes-come-undone-how-to-repair-granny.html

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I did one like this for a friend and had no idea how to do it, but luckily we were able to get a colour that matched. I ran a stitch right around the edge of the hole, picking up loops where possible, with two thicknesses of yarn and then darned the hole in a weaving pattern and put some back stitches to imitate the chevron pattern over the darning.

There was no way to hide it, It was a bit thicker than the rest of the blanket, but my friend and I thought that it added love to its handmade charm.

 

A bit like a much loved teddy that has lost his eye and his nan has replaced it with a button.

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