afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
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My first knitted bag snagged on something which appears to have cut one or two stitches, leaving this ugly hole. It's no big loss. The bag was one of the first things I've ever made, and it's all cheap acrylics. But I don't want to lose it, because it was several months of labor (it has all my beginner's mistakes on it and all *G*).


So I've been trying to figure out how to repair the knitting:

I've done a fingerless glove, so I know how to pick up stitches (for the thumb of the glove). Initially I thought of picking up the stitches at the edge of the rip and knitting circular a couple of rows binding off, but I am afraid that the remaining stitches would still unravel, and also I would end up with a protruding tube, which would look odd!

I could sew up the rip, but I don't know if it would look okay; it might look really obvious, and perhaps not hold.

I've been thinking about sewing up the edges of the hole so that I'd still have a hole, but at least the stitches around it would be stable and it couldn't unravel further. Then I could either leave it as is, or else knit a tiny colorful shape of some kind, and sew it on top of the hole as a patch.


I've never tried doing any repair work before though. Any idea what works, and what may end up in disaster? *g* Any suggestions for doing repairs, that is suitable for a beginner? Note I have no experience with sewing, but I have done some knitting, and also a very little bit of crochet.

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Date: 2010-03-26 12:57 pm (UTC)
anatsuno: a women reads, skeptically (drawing by Kate Beaton) (Default)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
I've done the hole-stabilizing + patch thing in the past, but I've also actually fixed a small two stiches hole, so I'ma tell you about that, in case it helps.

it was a bit different from you: I tore a hole in a shawl done all in garter stitch, and knitted very loosely on 5.5mm needles with a light fingering and a laceweight yarn held together. The two stitches torn were stacked up, one on top of the other, so, one stitch in each row.

Initially I thought I would thread matching yarn through the neighbouring stitches, following the path of the yarn through whole stitches then reproducing the missing stitches. In effect I meant to REPLACE the missing stitches, yeah?

And I did, except two things changed from my original plan.

1. I had thought I would do it with one continuous thread, when in fact I 'duplicated' stitches on 4 rows and used 4 different pieces of yarns for it (four rows because I wanted to strengthen/thicken the row below and the row above where the torn stitches had been, to a- ensure my fix would be solid and b- strengthen stitches adjacent to the tear, as I suspected the tearing had pulled on them too, and they might be about to give in turn.

2. I thought it would be slow but not too hard, and that I'd do it all on the one side of the fabric - it was in fact painstaking and longer than I thought, and since I am only able to duplicate the knit stitch in this fashion, I had to turn the work and do some stitches from the other side, since I was working on garter stitch fabric.

Still, it was feasible. The hard part was understanding where my yarn would go when I was actually working in the hole - the rest of it was easier since my needle and thread were just following the yarn in the actual stitches, to duplicate. What I ended up doing was pinning an empty loop of yarn where I was 'making' a stitch, which I then treated like a stitch on the following row with my next bit of yarn.

Oh my god, writing it down I realize this is preposterous and complicated and you're probably wondering why I'm spamming you with unclear babble that can't help you at all.

I just. It seemed like a good fix at the time, and it has worked, you know? I found it the most obvious way to fix something invisibly - reproducing the missing piece in the most precise way I could.

I swear it is feasible.

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Date: 2010-04-20 11:01 pm (UTC)
anatsuno: a women reads, skeptically (drawing by Kate Beaton) (Default)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
much belatedly also: I'm glad if I helped at all! And someday maybe I'll manage to post a tutorial / pictures for what I did.

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Date: 2010-03-26 01:27 pm (UTC)
jumpuphigh: Purple scarf on table shaped like a heart. (Knit heart)
From: [personal profile] jumpuphigh
I would say that it depends on how tight the article is. I've essentially darned sweaters before with needle and thread. I've also pulled the yarn ends and tied a tight knot which ended up hidden on the inside of the garment.

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Date: 2010-03-26 02:55 pm (UTC)
minxy: Teal'c raises a hand to say "hey". (Default)
From: [personal profile] minxy
You could reknit those two stitches and weave in the ends of your new thread, but that would logically suggest you a) knit more than just the two stitches, supporting the stitches on either side, and b) weave in the ends of the broken thread too, which would mean deliberately ripping out *more* stitches so you have enough of an end to weave.

I guess it depends how careful and hidden you want to be about it. I usually find that three stitches is sturdy enough on any side of a patch (I knit patches in my socks and slippers when I wear through them, often deliberately off color so the patch is a spontaneous design element)

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Date: 2010-04-04 01:24 am (UTC)
minxy: Teal'c raises a hand to say "hey". (Default)
From: [personal profile] minxy
Such is the power of community, eh? I'm glad you posted the question, actually, the links to Knitty that I found below were really helpful!

I'm glad you successfully mended your knitting. What's your next project?

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Date: 2010-03-26 03:37 pm (UTC)
seryn: flowers (Default)
From: [personal profile] seryn
1) any repair that successfully holds things from deteriorating further is better than not fixing it now.

1a) using the same type of material for the patch is wise--- so better an unmatched colored acrylic on an acrylic bag than a matching color wool.

2) one can always duplicate stitch over top of the fix later to make it attractive. Since duplicate stitch is also called "Swiss darning" you know that it will repair a hole.

Good luck.

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Date: 2010-03-26 03:54 pm (UTC)
tephra: Close up portrait of a doll looking poised and confident. (Default)
From: [personal profile] tephra
There is an excellent guide to fixing holes here with photos (which I always find more helpful than just text).

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Date: 2010-03-26 10:28 pm (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
That's really neat!

I was going to recommend grafting/kitchener stitch if it's a horizontal gap and mattress stitch if it's vertical.

Knitty has a couple of relevant articles: repairs and seams

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Date: 2010-04-04 12:43 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Grafting is a fantastic method for joining live stitches. Even if I always have to check instructions for the first few stitches every single time.

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