repair help

I just pulled out my green wool sweater and it has a hole in it--it might be a moth hole (likely) or it might be because I was using a single. Anyway, I still have the original yarn and was wondering if there is a way to make a flawless repair. I'm thinking right now that I can just do like a duplicate stitch up the column and then tie the broken ends together across the inside(backside). The hole is smack dab in the middle of the chest, so I don't want to darn it or do anything else too obvious.


HuskerChub's picture

I think that duplicate st would be very obvious. There is a good book out called FLAWLESS KNIT REPAIR by Rena Crockett. It's a small spiral bound floppy covered book and iirc is under $15. LOTS of good techniques on whole repair. Using one of her techniques will will be sure to have a good as new sweater.

grandcarriage's picture

This mostly pertains to animal fibers, but if you have the same yarn, duplicate stitch usually isn't obvious: especially if it's handknit or a rustic yarn: I had to repair a 1950's Irish Aran that was a two ply with holes in it that looked like a rat had chewed them...after the holes were repaired, I held it up to the light and discovered MANY places where one of the two plies had broken, so I duplicate stitched over those weakened spots with my repair yarn and steamed the heck out of it...You wouldn't have been able to find those repairs without turning it inside out.

Plant fibers, and silks... those tend to stand a little proud of the fabric, so it pays to pull out the orignal yarn from the duplicated stitches and weave them in...

I find Rena's techniques are EXCELLENT for a REALLY BIG HOLE or ghastly fine knit sweaters, but they do take a LOT of time to get right. They don't work so well if the sweater is heavily textured: ie Aran.

Blankie's picture

sounds like a book worth having! Thanks for the tip, I'll look it up on amazon right now.

grandcarriage's picture

I have a sideline business in sweater repair: here are some of my techniques:

It depends on the size of the whole and the type of the yarn. If you have extra yarn and it's only a stitch or two, this is what I do: duplicate stitch over the whole, and then carefully pick out the old yarn where the stitches overlap, and sew the ends in as normally done.

If you don't have extra yarn, and it's only one or two stitches... gently pull on the stitches starting on the end of the row, to get just a TINY bit of yarn from each this from both sides and you should have enough yarn to patch one-three stitches in a kitchener manner, and sew in the ends. This works especially well with more rustic yarns or handknits.

On a large hole, if I have similar yarn, I will open up the hole to a square, and string rows of yarn horizontally across the holes, and ladder them up with a crochet hook, or just knit up the area. The goal is to do it the same gauge as originally knit, kitchener the last row, sew in the ends and STEAM STEAM STEAM that bit until it looks right.

The FLAWLESS SWEATER REPAIR is a very good book, but her techniques are really only neccessary if you are working with a very LARGE hole or an especially fine sweater. Most handknits or dk/worsted type sweaters don't need so much technique.

superi's picture

well if it's a small hole and only over like a two row hole you could pick up the stiches around the hole and then kitchner/graft them back together. If it's bigger than that I would make a swatch the same width (stitches)and heigth (rows) using a provisional cast on and then graft the swatch to the stiches around the hole.



Blankie's picture

Well, I did the duplicate stitch method and without yet steaming it, I find it hard to tell where one of the holes was. I think I missed a row with the other hole, but it still looks fine--I can tell it from the one elongated stitch, but I doubt most other folks will.

It's a rustic heathered Icelandic yarn--very rough, so that helps, too. It's really only a sweater I wear to kick around in, so even if it's not perfect, I'm still glad I can wear it. Adds character right... plus it was a fun learning experience. Two lessons--always save some extra yarn, and run a safety pin or extra knitting needle through the surrounding stitches.

Thanks for all the great help guys!