How to Repair a Hole in Your Knitting

hi I’m Cheryl brunette and last time I saw you I showed you how to repair a snag in your knitting but sometimes that snag gets pulled so far and so hard that it breaks the yarn and it causes a hole sometimes a really big one and today I’m going to show you how to fix that this program was inspired by this photo which was uploaded by one of my facebook knitting friends Sharon made this sweater for her niece and it was the niece’s favorite but it got caught on something the yarn pulled and broke and then there was a big hole that was the result here is the swatch in which i duplicated that hole as closely as I could when I first saw the photo I misdiagnosed how it had happened I said the yarn caught on something and it broke where it caught and it was easy enough to fix well it’s still easy enough to fix but I realized that if it had broken at the snag which here’s the snag off to the left just as it was in that picture then there would be these long pieces of yarn hanging right at the hole and since they’re not there what I think happened is the yarn broke at this end when this snag and it pulled out it pulled this rail really tight and it actually pulled out part of this row so we’re going to fix it today the first step is don’t panic no one is spurting blood here there are no flames leaping from the top of your kitchen stove this is just a hole and it’s not going anywhere so just breathe and if you’re not in the mood to take care of it then go off somewhere until you get rested enough to do it it just requires some patience more than anything else and by the way I did not rehearse this in advance because I wanted to do the problem-solving as I went along and present it to you in a fresh way the same way I would do it if I were actually doing it at home if I was presented with it the first thing the first thing you want to do after you get calmed down is that you’ll see there are some loose stitches here these loops and you want to secure those because knitting runs in this direction just like a stocking can get a run in it when you have loose loops like this they can continue to go in this direction it’s not going to go much in this direction anything but let’s get these guys caught and you have multiple tools that you can use even if you’re not a knitter you can take a length of thread and put it through those holes you can use safety pins if you want they’re not the most ideal because they’re pointy and those that pointy end will poke through the yarn sometime I think for me for right now I’m going to use what are called stitch holders don’t let this intimidate you if you don’t have them these armies are my mom’s and I’m just going to go into all the open loops by the way this is just a length of yarn that also got pulled so these loops are not on the same row that’s okay we’ll fix them up later let’s see how many look there’s another loop it’s on the row above and I’m just going to put those in that direction and let me do one at the top you’ll have loops on the top loops on the bottom and make sure that you orient this in a way I’m going to come from the back orient this in a way so that the knitting is right-side up it it’s not critical I suppose but it just gives you a great orientation here’s that where the broken yarn end is and when I looked really closely at that picture that’s exactly where it was and I think I’m going to actually catch that loop as well because it would be real easy for that yarn end to pull out of that loop okay so now everything’s secured next we’re going to take of this snagged yarn we’re going to pull it back in that direction for two reasons first of all we want to fix this very tight row see here’s a small stitch you can see that but when it pulls when it snags it makes a really tight row in fact the stitches even it’s invisible it’s been cooled you can’t even see it in there so we want to take this snag and work it out in that direction and one thing I did about this swatch I’m right-handed so I like to work in this

direction but I do placated that error exactly as I saw it so that I would make a little bit of a challenge for myself okay so how am I going to get this out of here and I’ve already made a video on this by the way on just the business of loosen or taking care of a snag I’m going to follow this yarn there’s the end and here’s the other end and it goes under those two pieces and I want to pull this so that I want to take up all the slack as I’m going in that direction and I want these stitches to be the same size as the ones around them okay for then it helps to pull it aside so you can see these stitches there’s another stitch see that yarn goes under those two loops I’m going to pick up this one so I don’t want to pierce the other yarns around it whew that doesn’t want to pull very well but I’ve got it going now this is a this is a wool so it’s a little bit which is actually fortunate because it doesn’t want to run very far something like a linen or rayon especially which is a very slick yarn that would be hard to do this way because it wants to run like crazy doing this part of it would be easy but the loops want to run just like a nylon stocking okay there are two stitches that I’ve restored can you see them and here’s the next one pretty tight let’s pull on that always find the end of that thread it goes it will go under to other pieces of thread yarn okay see ivory established three of those stitches and then I’m going to pull this one okay I’m getting very close to the end here these look pretty good so that you can’t tell that you have this really tight row see how that is already restored so it looks like the regular knitting this of course is a little bit of a mess but we’re going to go under those two threads pull the next loop oops and here you’re getting into a tricky territory and that’s because you’ve got the end coming from the other direction here’s the end from the other direction and it wants to pull too as you’re pulling it so I’m going to pull that whole end and here now I have the yarn that got pulled out of this section so let me see what’s next okay now in order to weave these back together I’m going to pick up these loops that’s the next step that to make sure that you bring each side the top and the bottom back to full stitches to the row that was pulled out I can see that this yarn was worked in all of those stitches but it missed those three stitches and then it’s in that stitch again so I have to pick up those three stitches that were right there and you can even see them look at their like nice little 1 2 3 and if you’ve got a garment that’s you’ve had for a while it should form those this was just a swatch that’s been around for a while it did get steamed but you can see how those stitches kind of formed their world when I take this out and I’m going to be tugging on this yarn a little bit I want to catch that stitch so let me find a little tool let me use a little just for extra safety’s sake there we go I’m going to put a little safety pin on it that’s why they’re called safety pins there we go now these next three stitches one two three I’m going to look at how brave I am I’ve dropped all three of them off of there and a crochet hook is I think the best tool let’s see I thinking one a little bit bigger one yeah which one which one do a Mike let

me try the smaller one often when I’m using tools for something like this I’ll go for the smaller one rather than the larger and that’s because you don’t it makes it harder to pull it through but you also don’t distort things okay there’s one and I’m going to catch that stitch right on that holder because I just picked it up aha let’s not drop it again and here’s the next one here’s the loop from the row below there’s the loop that got pulled out the yarn that got pulled out the stitch was wrapped that’s another way to say it as that stitch was dropped pull that through notice when I’m gathering it to put on the holder I’m going from behind the stitch and coming forward and one more there we go so I’ve got all these stitches now and this one too I’m going to put that back on this holder so that they’re all in one place I might not want to do that later I might have to go to a different direction but as I said I didn’t rehearse this because I wanted to have it fresh in the problem-solving stage but you can see that there are no extra pieces of yarn on the bottom here’s the one piece that’s from this row that pulled tight but everything else has worked in as opposed to the top where we still have this squirrely thing and just for the heck of it I’m going to switch this around because I’m used to working from the bottom up going to release that again I have the same situation here where this first stitch that is on the holder is just fine wonder if I could do this I’m going to try something a little bit trickier something a little bit different some of you maybe instead of of dropping all those off at once I’m going to drop one off at a time and I’m going to use the crochet hook to pull the yarn through voila there’s my stitch right there I got it caught and that’s not twisted let’s take the next one off pull that one through drop it off the holder it’s not an extra row yeah you know what heck I did something I didn’t have to do let me back this up a little bit one two yeah okay I’m really glad I did that again I’m problem-solving what I did is here that row is already on there and I pulled it through so I had an extra row basically is what I was adding to that corridor of stitches and so I don’t want to do that so I backed it off see how that’s coming out of there let’s go to the next one oops have to go through the center of the stitch what appears to be a stitch and pull that through center of that one and pull that through and then I’m going to stop and check this whoa no I don’t even have to do that one because look that’s already pulled through well so much for that idea I’m going to switch over from a crochet hook something’s not right here can you see I mean something isn’t right and I’ll show you how I can see this notice here’s this line of stitches this row of stitches there’s this row of stitches oops that one’s up on the crochet hook these ones are not up on the crochet hook so I missed pulling that stitch through so let me back up a little bit that one is through maybe I’m making a mistake by showing you how I do this and making mistakes maybe you’ll think that I’m not that good at it but I am pretty good at it there’s the one that’s wrong pull that through but I’m monitoring some other things at the same time like my monitor so that you can see it I’m shooting this by myself there we go now I’m going to close that up and let me see if I’ve got it right this time whew there we go I also am working with a gimpy finger which I’m not quite as graceless as this but a piece of firewood and I had an argument and it won okay so there’s a line of stitches a row of stitches yes and then there’s the row above it one two three four okay

let’s see if there are any nope there’s no extra threads look at there’s where that thread broke on this end that’s an important thing because it we’re going to have to work that back if we just left that hanging there it would on it has the possibility of unraveling in fact the likelihood of raveling so we’re going to take care of that all right now that I’m this far I have let’s review our steps we’ve taken care of the tight row we have caught all the unraveled stitches from the hole itself and now it’s time to weave together this one row and add some extra yarn because we’re going to be a little bit short here because it broke I’ve already shown you how to graft and I’m going to try grafting this upside down again because I’m right-handed and I’m going to remove these stitches to a double pointed needle notice this stitch is mounted wrong I’m not going to go in this way I want the right leg to be on the front same for this one learn to orient your stitches properly on your needle and that will save you a lot of grief I just remember this particular piece of knitting is upside down right now I’m mounting it so that the right leg is toward me on the needle okay this this is a little bit bigger needle and it’s plastic so it is gripping the yarn well this is skinny and metal and so it’s kind of slippery but so I hope I don’t lose any stitches off of that okay now we’re at the point where we want to reweave these two sets of loops together and we’re going to do it by following the pattern of what we see this requires again that you read your knitting let me let’s see if this guy will work of course it will work I don’t know if this is the very best needle to use in this case alright so if let’s look very closely you get a pointer thing here here we go this is our upside-down set of stitches here is this row what appears to be a row of stitches comes out in the center of there well you can see all of these always go back into the center of the stitch so we’ll start by going back into the center of that stitch okay does that look like the one next to it absolutely and that is your test if it’s at all if the legs are crossed or if something is backwards if you look right away you’ll see it okay now I’m down at this end I’m going to come through the back of the stitch that’s on the needle and go up here now up here I’m going to go right into that little leg that’s already there and come into the back I back I mean I’m approaching from the let’s see what do I mean by that into the center of the hole you came out of into the center it’s as if you are inserting purlwise okay did that does that look this oops does that look the same way as the next stitch yes it does when you come up to the top you’re going into a hole that you came out of you can see where the yarn comes out of there go back into that hole this one I’m inserting as if to knit I’m coming through the back but I don’t ever think in those terms frankly I only think in terms of what looks right I’m following a pattern here go into that hole it’s very mathematical knitting because it’s based on patterns okay I’m going back into the hole I came out of right there that little leg coming down insert as if to knit on that top you know and this is all upside down still okay and into that hole insert as if to purl and now I’m going to stop here and the reason is

I’ve got to work in these yarn ends see is this all copacetic is every oh you know what yeah that I thought that that might be um I thought that that stitch underneath might be twisted but it’s not see how those two legs are are open or they belong to me I thought one was in front of another see that’s getting a little bit split you can see where the yarn was split a little bit but that’s okay we’ll pull a little bit tighter okay let’s pull that like that alright now if you had a free length of yarn here that you could just work all the way to the edge that would be really nice and easy however we’re going to have to work those yarn ends in because we can’t just let that little guy hang out he will unravel I have chosen today to use a contrasting color yarn it’s a look it’s subtly it’s only subtly different it’s a little bit smaller and it’s also a different fiber this is pure wool this is a wool cotton blend and this is a DK weight which is a little bit lighter and the reason I’m doing this is I have this belief that it’s easier for you to see maybe that’s not true oh and I forgot to do something and something is this when we work in the yarn ends when I work this in I’m going to want it on the opposite side and see how it’s coming out on the front side of the fabric so I’m going to take it I’m actually going to take it back one oops catch that little it’s not going anywhere but I’ll catch it now when it comes out it’s going through that hole right there which means it’s to the back of the fabric so I’m going to I’m going to do that now do you see this do not panic did I just drop all those stitches yes don’t pull on them because then they will run but dropped stitches are like dropped pencils you just pick them up okay so there we have it and I’ve got this big piece of string on this side that I’m going to work in later so when I start my new piece of thread I am going to start it from the back and come forward and if I were going to do that in fact you’ve got a couple of options here one rather nice option if you have a little bit of trouble seeing this is to go into the stitch before the end I want to leave a nice long end back here so that I can work it in later and follow the stitch that you just did it what it does is basically you’re doing a duplicate stitch but that locks your new thread on top of the old thread and it keeps it from separating these two stitches where you first started and if your yarn isn’t too thick and you can pull this down later whoopsie okay then I’m going to go up let me tighten that a little bit it’s loose just because I have this loose end on the back and we are going to tighten that up later when you do your when you work in the yarn ends that’s when you tighten it up to the exactly the right size okay let it come back go into the hole I came out of insert as if to knit I’m yeah as if to knit come down into the front and now I’m going to do what I had done on my other grafting video which is to just let those stitches flop loose does that look like the stitch yes this is a little bit of a loose stitch but I can tighten that up later that’s the row below they go up right there again these these loops because they’ve been knit and they’ve been steamed and you know washed in this position if it’s a sweater that was an acrylic sweater that had the original hole in it these loops are pretty well formed and they’re not going to they have no desire to run anywhere just don’t just don’t knit with a cat in your lap or don’t try to fix this with a cat in your lap because then if something wants to pull it will okay I mean do this now we’re coming to an interesting place

these stitches aren’t quite perfect because it’s a different weight but but they’re good for you to look at so I’m going into the hole I came out of and I’m coming up down here now here is my broken and my bitter end and right now I am going to just continue duplicate stitch I’ve got a couple of choices here I can pull this out so it is on the backside maybe I’ll do that let’s pull out that one so that we can work that yarn end on the other side too you can just duplicate stitch it in some cases that might hold but you don’t want that yarn in to pop out so I’m unraveling this yarn end as I’m doing duplicate stitch holding it above out of the way and then that way you don’t have to worry about your following the one that you’re pulling out pull it out one beat ahead of one step ahead of where you are or two go ahead I can pull that out too there we go and I’m pulling it out so that I have enough of this yard to work in the yarn ends on the other side that’s all I need because if you work these yarn ends in on the other side then you really have a good you really have a sturdy piece there of repair wow I’ve got to impress myself okay I’m going to just pull it out partway here because just like before I want that coming out of the back of the yarn so that I can tuck that away in there pull it through whoopsie sorry it’s easy to do but I’m trying to hold it so you can see it which that’s a little more awkward frankly I could just flip it around see poke it through there I can’t pull it poke it that works too okay there we go so and in this case I’m going to do one more duplicate stitch so that again I’m tying this new length of yarn into the structure of the old piece of knitting so a big deal if you have two stitches one at either end that are double thickness nobody’s going to stop their white horse what my mother used to say can’t be seen by a man and a galloping horse on a galloping horse okay so what I have here is here’s part of the broken yarn here’s a piece of the broken yarn and here is my new length of yarn that I use to weave in where I needed it this needs to be tightened up a little bit this is a silkier yarn so to keep it at the exact same gauge is a little more challenging and I have shown you how to work in yarn ends before I think what I would recommend for this I’ll just show you how to do one how’s that sound I’ll do it again so you don’t have to go traipsing hither and yon to find out how to do it I’m going to take this one and this is one two three plies okay I could if i were really compulsive split it into three plies but I’m just going to split it into two separate ones here oops it’s funny how they want to wrap on one another I would do this with each of these four pieces okay but I’m going to start with this one and in this case this is my favorite way to work in yarn in this circumstance because I’m not anywhere near a seam and I’m going to start by going straight down I am piercing these purl bumps just picking up the top there prep this is a 4-ply underneath so I’m picking up the top one to two plies and I’m going in this direction because knitting doesn’t pull very hard in this direction doesn’t pull very well in this direction it pulls much more in this direction so I’m I’m anchoring it by doing it in that direction and then I’m going to turn around and come up word in the next line of knitting little pearl bumps you don’t want to

pierce all the way through could you want to be seen from the other side so that and really you could do another one but that would you know you could go down again but that’s really overkill this one I would work probably down this series of purl bumps and then up the next one and this one I would work off in this direction and that one in that direction that one in that direction and so you don’t have to split them into plies that just is one of my pieces of persnickety Ness I mean I oh I almost got the wrong one there we go that’s the one that’s been worked in so I’m going to cut that off so that’s what all of them will look like when they’re done and on this side this is what happened to that great big hole so there you have it what once looked like a really scary hole a really scary problem was fairly easy to fix what I hope your takeaway is today is that with some patience and a few skills and a little bit of courage of course you can fix a lot of what appear to be knitting disasters so until I see you again enjoy your knitting I’m getting too efficient I don’t have those bloopers anymore shoot shoot