Monday, June 9, 2014

My granny square crochet blanket is broken!


The Gypsy Blanket. Do you remember? The granny square crochet blanket that took me 2 years, 7 months and 10 days to finish... 320 squares. 1920 ends weaved in. Yep! It has been living in our home for a little bit over a year now. Used on a daily basis. Dragged around, cuddled up in, folded nicely, building material for secret places... We love The Gypsy Blanket. It is still looking as good as new. No pilling, no faded colors, no loosing shape. Staying fit, she is my dear Gypsy Blanket, if a crochet blanket can be fit that is... And so imagine my distress when i discovered it was broken!

AUCH!

A stitch has opened up and started to unravel. Oh my God! This has to be fixed! But how to proceed? I searched the Internet of course with no real luck I have to admit. The wound is small and I guess I will wing up a solution for this... A darning needle, teeny tiny crochet hook maybe... I'll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck.

Kärlek
Annette

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41 comments:

  1. I am sure you will be able to do an invisible repair Annette! It's a precious blanket, so worth mending!
    Pat xx

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  2. Hi!
    What a coincidence!
    Just a few days ago I posted my pictures of a very simular quilt. And (how could that happen?) it is in a tree as well. The quilts look very much the same, the tree does and even the light shining through the granny's does.
    Have a look:
    http://homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2014/06/flower-quilt-la-brigitte.html

    Looking at your plaid, I think I have to make a border as well. That was the missing thing.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Oh no! I think I would try thread it through and knot it to the last stitch so it can't unravel any more, then tie on more of the same yarn for some length and kind of re-crochet/ re-join?? If that makes any sense?! Good luck!
    It shows its been used for the purpose though, loved and snuggled under and enjoyed!
    Gill xx

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  4. I think I would sew it back in place. As it seems to be only the chain(?) you could 'fake' it by just sewing. Or you can try to recreate the stitch just like you would finish a row worked in the round with a seamless join? Good luck!

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  5. Dear Annette,

    Look at this vídeo: It's is portuguese, but I think that will give a idea of how to fix your blanket.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU1smiiAl8Y

    Good luck!
    Cláudia

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  6. I found another vídeo...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxat1p41i1U

    Cláudia

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  7. Oh no! That is so sad. I hope that you can fix it. At worst could you crochet a new square - or just a new last round and add it in using join as you go perhaps? It is a beautiful blanket! xx

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  8. I hope you have the same yarn. It's too hard foe me in English. Il faut défaire une petite partie du côté opposé. On crochète le coté brisé et on complète le carré que nous avons défait. Bonne chance! Good luck!

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  9. Eek! Save the blanket! I hope you can work it out - try hooking a treble and sewing or tying it back to the other end of yarn? In an emergency situation, do whatever works, technique doesn't matter! Chrissie x

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  10. I am convinced you can fix it and no one will be the wiser! And just think. It is good you caught it now, before it was a BIG fix.

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  11. Hi Annette,
    Take a look at the Russian Join on Youtube,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVWgbEBkEkA just undo the cluster, join your yarn and re-crochet the stitches, you can do it

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  12. Aïe ! I had this problem once with a baby blanket I've had made for a friend's child. I fixed it with a needle and a thread of the right yarn passed through the loops opened up. But you'll find your solution, sure ! (excuse my poor english ...).

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  13. Good luck! It can happen to the best of us!

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  14. OMG!!
    I wish you all the best !
    Truely this blanket is lovely!!

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  15. Aww! It really hurts when it happens. Try crocheting those stitches again and securing them to the square with sewing thread of the same colour. Good luck!

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  16. I have a post on my Pinterest account under Crochet and I've used it to do a colour change on a blanket I made, its fiddly but it works. Amanda x

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  17. here is the link http://www.pinterest.com/pin/419116309045728304/

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  18. Hey, do not panic, this is very easy to fix. I wish I lived closer so I could run round and help, but all you need is the same size crochet hook you used for the squares, if you have any of the same colour wool left join this on if not a similar colour will do. Then just crochet to finish the square as usual and re join the squares. You will easily do this if you take a little time. Best wishes Cilla

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  20. Good luck, 2 years ago I had the same with a blanket of granny's,with a needle I picked up the broken stictch and fixed it with crocheting ...

    Marjo

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  21. I did a granny square blanket a few months and just noticed the same thing happened to 3 of my squares! I couldn't figure out what went wrong as this blanket has hardly been used. Did I miss a stitch somehow? Did the yarn break? How strange. I caught the broken yarn before too much unraveled and just fixed it with a darning needle.

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  22. I really hate when that happens. That's why I seem to over do it with weaving in ends, cause over time some will work they way loose. Best of luck with it. Hopefully you have some extra yarn to make it an easy repair.

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  23. Repair it with yarn, not thread. The thread will eventually cut through the yarn in time on account of the movement and the usage you give it.

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  24. you brought some memories back, l remember using 2 balls of wool round the edge it was so big but l loved it. I have followed you so looking forward to your posts,
    Jill Smith

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  25. Oh no! but don't worry as cilla says it is easy to fix, crochet is good for that, you won't even be able to tell when it's all done. :)

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  26. What a beautiful blanket! I am an avid follower of your blog, it's always a pleasure to visit your impeccable work. generates a warm climate and a lot of dedication! a pleasure.

    Greetings from Argentina
    Ariadna

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  27. Good luck! I hope it all turns out well! xx

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  28. I was pondering how that could have happened. My own thought was moths could have got to it, which if the fibre is natural could be the case. I have had them eat their way through the fibres of a knitted scarf before and it was just like the yarn had been cut. Anyway, my non crocheting daughter suggested that the weight of the blanket is not able to be supported by the joins. If this is the case, the weakness would be made worse by hanging up the blanket or carrying it about a lot.

    I hope you get your beautiful blanket fixed. The solutions are making sense, so with any luck you can either crochet it back together again or sew it.

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  29. I have repaired blankets for people before and found that a darning needle is better than trying to crochet into it. You can keep the ends tidy then and you mimic the treble stitch by sewing round and round, the existing bit. It will work out I promise because only you know where it is!!! Jo x

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  30. I would recrochet it back to the square it was attached to thus mending the square that came unravelled. Hopefully you have a small bit of the same colour left of similar. Then reweave a few times to make sure it doesn't come apart again. If you can only find a little bit of the yarn thats unravelled maybe attach what you can find with a russian join and again recrochet the bit thats come apart and reweave again to keep intact.

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  31. I had to fix a granny square blanket my mother made many years ago that had started to unravel in a few places. Try to use some left over yarn from making the blanket if possible. It's basically just a case of re-crocheting the cluster(s) that have unravelled and then re-attaching that square where it belongs with the other squares. It looks harder than it is, really!

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  32. Yes, I had that problem once and it made my heart stop!!! I fixed it using a darning needle and wool of the same colour or close to!! Good luck I am sure you will be successful. Let us know how you got on x cheers Tracy x

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  33. ooh! best of luck, what ever you do it will still be totally lovely!

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  34. Oh NO! Your darling blanket! Well it absolutely must be fixed, it's a masterpiece that thing. I see you already have lots of great advise on ways to go about it so hopefully you've got it all under control, but let me know if you need any help. I'm sure you have more yarn the same colour, but if not, I might...? Finger crossed it's rescued and stronger than ever!

    S x

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  35. I'm sorry, sometimes tends to happen!
    your blanket is beautiful and you are great dressmaker,
    I'm sure that you will find solution!
    Good luck!
    Kisses from Catalonia!

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  36. Your blanket is just beautiful.... Janice

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  37. Hi Anette!

    I found this website from a lady that does crochet afghan repairs, maybe you will find some inspiriation there to find your own fix!

    http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2009/07/part-3-repairing-crochet-how-to.html

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  38. You can do it.....do you know why? Because you made that beautiful blanket and you have such talent!!! Good Luck and go for it!!! xoRobin

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  39. Ah I feel your pain Annette ... Good luck. I've used the darning needle option before now and it seemed to work ok. Love the gypsy blanket Emma x

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Annette

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