How to Fix a Pulled Thread on a Loose Knit Sweater

Repair the snag and save a favorite sweater.
Repair the snag and save a favorite sweater. (Image: Images)

Snagging a favorite sweater on jewelry or furniture and pulling a thread loose can be a frustrating experience. With loose-knit sweaters the danger is even greater. But a simple technique works even on open-weave sweaters made with specialty fibers, so you can capture the loose thread with little or no visible damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Small crochet hook
  • Anti-fray liquid such as Fray Check

Try to work the thread back into the sweater by gently tugging at the nearby stitches, both to the sides of the pull as well as above and below. If this does not work or the thread is cut, you'll need to get the thread to the inside to make the repair.

Use the crochet hook to carefully pull the loose thread to the inside of the sweater by poking the crochet hook up through the sweater as close to the thread as possible and tugging through.

Turn the sweater inside out.

Tie a knot in the loose thread. If the thread is long, tie it as close to the surface of the sweater as possible without pulling too tightly.

Apply anti-fray liquid to the knot. If there is a long tail, cut close to the knot, leaving a few millimeters of yarn. This keeps the tail from snagging again on the inside. Dab anti-fray liquid on the ends.

Turn the sweater right-side out. Gently tug at the area where the loose thread was in order to settle the surrounding stitches back into shape.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your sweater is so loose-knit that the knot would be visible from the outside, you can use the crochet hook to knit the loose thread into the back of the closest stitch before knotting, thus keeping the knot out of sight.
  • Celebrate the loose thread instead of knotting it out of sight by threading a bead or charm onto it, then knotting. Cut the long tail and apply anti-fray liquid to prevent the knot from unraveling.
  • Never cut the snagged thread before knotting. You may make the problem worse if the piece is too short or continues to unravel.

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