A snag in your favourite sweater doesn’t mean its doomed to at-home wear, just pull the yarn back into the sweater to make it look like new. While this method is a little time-consuming, fixing an expensive sweater yourself is better than a trip to the tailor, or watching it slowly unravel.
The video above demonstrates the technique in detail, but if you can’t watch, here’s what to do:
- Grab a narrow tool, like a needle, bobby pin, or even straightened paper clip.
- Look for parts around the snag that have been pulled tighter (and so have smaller holes), then use the tool to gently pull the snagged yarn back into the sweater. Essentially, you’re adjusting the shared thread of yarn to slowly pull the snagged loop back into the knitted pattern.
- Keep adjusting until the loop is completely gone and the tightened parts of the sweater match the undamaged parts around them. You may need to adjust the yarn in both the horizontal and vertical direction (as mentioned around 6:30 in the video).
Even though this repair method is meant for knitting, you can use it for most store-bought or hand-made sweaters. If you don’t have time to get the damaged area looking perfect again, you can at least work the snagged loop back into the sweater so it doesn’t get caught again and ruin your sweater even more.
How to Fix a Snag in Knitting [Knitting with Cheryl Brunette (YouTube)]