Tuesday Tip – How to Fix a Hole In Your Knitting
Today I turn my attention to a larger repair, a multi row repair, in other words . . .
How to Fix a HOLE in Your Knitting
Recently I was on a text thread with three friends. We were chatting when all of a sudden this text came through:
- No, no, no
That was followed by some other more colorful language, and an explanation that when she was cutting a box open (that contained a sweater), she made a cut in the sweater.
I pulled out a swatch, made a cut and started to take photos so I could send her some “how to” photos, but my pal had a better idea. She would ship it to me to fix.
So . . . as long as I was fixing the hole, I took a few photos for all of you. Since I had also taken some close ups of my swatch, I’m adding those too.
Since duplicate stitch is easier from the stockinette side, I turned the piece around to work from the wrong side
Notice that you will have one more loop on the bottom of the hole then the top. I have a three stitch by three row hole. I have 3 full loops on the bottom, 2 loops with 1/2 loop on either side of the two.
Here’s a shot of the swatch that shows a nice clean hole ready to repair. I’ve pinned the cut yarn out of the way so I’m ready to build my ladder.
Now a bit of thin crochet cotton to the rescue. Since you can’t duplicate stitch over air, you can build a ladder to climb. Weave the crochet cotton horizontally to lock it in, and then create 3 row “stitches”. Start by making the duplicate stitch ladder a few stitches before the hole, when you get to the hole:
- Insert the crochet cotton back to front through the bottom loop
- Insert it UP through the first whole stitch on the right side of the bottom, DOWN through the 1/2 stitch on top, UP through the next stitch on the upper level. Make sure that you don’t pull the thread too tight. Use a ruler to check the space.
- Continue to create duplicate stitch ladders through the hole and into the next few real stitches on the left side of the hole.
Here are a few more shots from my teaching swatch.
Okay, back to the real sweater . . . thread your real yarn on a tapestry needle and start creating duplicate stitch a few stitches before the hole. Once you get the hole, you will be able to enter back to front through bottom loop, then loop around ladder and the back where you came from on the bottom loop and into the next stitch
After you create row #1 of stitches, adjust the tension before making your anchor duplicate sittches in the fabric to the left of the hole. Repeat for each row.
When you get to the final row, you will now be entering the stitches above the hole.
Once you’ve finished the fabric, you can carefully pick out the crochet cotton.
Finally, it’s time to weave in the ends of your cut yarn as well as new yarn you added. In order to avoid a lump, you can weave in the ends on a diagonal in all different directions. Skim the ends right through the stitches by splitting the plys.
Turn around to see the lovely result . . .
For more information on basic fixing mistakes (like laddering up a dropped stitch) check out my Annie’s class “Knitting ER: How to Fix Your Mistakes”
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There are oh so many fixes that can be made to your knitting.
To watch a myriad of other more advanced fixes (duplicate stitch fixes, fixes in fabric tears, fixes in cables, lace, color work, circular knitting, shaping and more – both on and off the needles!), check out my Interweave DVD, Advanced Knitting Fixes.
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