How to Fix a Snag

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How to Fix a Snag
Use a crochet hook for wide weaves. (sweaters image by Ruta Saulyte from

All knitted garments are susceptible to snags. It is easy to create a snag in a sweater by brushing against a desk or a doorway, but there is no need to throw the garment away. You can repair a snag in even the finest of weaves.

It is always a good idea to fix the snag as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse and developing into a hole that is much harder to fix.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Matching thread or wool
  • Crochet hook
  • Sewing needle
  • Needle threader
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Cotton cloth for pressing

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  1. 1

    Turn the garment inside out to view the snag from the wrong side. Check the seams near the bottom to see if there is spare yarn or thread supplied by the manufacturer, as this could save you trying to match the colour.

  2. 2

    Examine the snagged area carefully to determine where the snag is coming from. It is important not to pull the snagged thread through a different hole to the one it came from, as this could create a new stitch.

  3. 3

    Catch the snagged loop and pull it through to the wrong side of the garment. For an open weave a crochet hook may be used, but for finer knits it will be necessary to use a sewing needle or needle threader. Take care to pull the snag through gently to avoid catching the surrounding stitches.

  4. 4

    Examine the right side of the garment and gently tug the snagged area until it looks uniform with the surrounding stitches. The snag should be invisible on the right side.

  5. 5

    Tie a knot in the loop of the snag on the wrong side of the garment. If the loop is quite large, snip with the scissors before tying the ends. If the loop is too small to knot, thread a needle with matching thread and carefully catch the loop, sewing it flat.

  6. 6

    Press both sides of the garment over a cotton cloth with the iron set to "wool."

  7. 7

    Roll a length of spare matching thread and secure it to the inside of the garment for use next time it develops a snag, since there is likely to be a next time.

Tips and warnings

  • Finer fabrics can be placed over a bristle hairbrush to keep the snagged area in place while it is stitched.
  • If you snag your sweater at the office, gently pull the snagged loop through to the back of the garment and secure it with a paper clip until you can repair it properly.
  • Never cut off the snagged loop as this could turn it into a large hole.

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