Buy less, buy quality is my mantra. I like my sweaters well-made so I am willing to pay more for them knowing I will have them for a long time.
I can get attached to my sweaters and will wear them until they can no longer be repaired. Once I spot a hole in my sweaters I either stitch up the smaller holes or patch the larger ones.
In the past we have published a video on how to mend a simple hole in your sweater but what do you do if that hole is not so small? What if that hole is the size of a quarter but is otherwise in good shape? You fix it!
First what you will need to do is begin collecting pieces of your old sweaters. Before you throw out one that is beyond repair cut a good size swatch from a pristine area and save it. You will be using it as a patch for future repairs.
~Choose a swatch which is a good color and textured match.
~Cut a piece larger than the hole by about 3/4” all around.
~With matching thread and needle turn under the edges of the scrap and stitch around past the hole. You want to stitch in the area where the knit is in good condition.