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Does anyone know how to

gogojojo | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

repair pulls in a knit sweater? My cat got a little carried away, and now my brand new L.L. Bean Fisherman’s knit sweater has a few snags. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! Jo


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    If they are small and don't disrupt the pattern, you can pull the snags to the inside using a tiny metal crochet hook (size A or smaller).  If they are larger and longer, you can still re-construct the pattern and fabric, but it takes a little more time and effort.

    Can you take a close-up photo and post it?  I'm sure that the many experts on this forum can help you!

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    I bought a little tool at a fabric store, I think it's called Snag nab it.  It's about the size of a small seam ripper.

  3. PASDENOM | | #3

    Try grabbing the sweater to either side of a pull, at the left and right, then at the top and bottom and tug in each direction. This may ease the yarns back into place as they've been displaced from one stitch to another. You might have to do it a few times.

    1. starzoe | | #4

      If there is a snag in knitting, it may mean that the yarn is broken as well, so pulling it from side to side or up and down will surely run the stitch, causing a larger problem.

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    paddyscar | | #5

    I use the same method as Pasdenom, but Starzoe is correct about broken yarn, so you'd be wise to check that's not the case before pulling.

    Depending on the thickness of the yarn, I use a bodkin, a needle threader, crochet hook or even a hair pin to pull the catch to the back side of the sweater. Try not to 'pull' the catch as much as 'tuck' it to the back.

    Hope it is successful.


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