Mending pulled threads

I have 2 knitted jumpers (not by me I hasten to add, I can do very basic knitting, like a scarf, but nothing wearable) with pulled threads. Wierdly, in almost exactly the same place on both-on my left arm about 3/4 of the way up. I can only think that this is from where my arm sticks out when I am hefting SmallSmall about, and it then catches on door frames and the like. Anyway, we are not here to enter into a forensic style investigation of why the threads are pulled, but rather how to fix them, because they are quite annoying..!

These are the offending items

I appreciate that they don’t look like much, but believe me, they are annoying and keep catching on things, so the time has come to find out what to do about it!

I reported in an earlier post that I had managed to procure myself a (secondhand) copy of ‘Stitch ‘n’ Fix’ by Joan Gordon, as I am aware that my mending skills are somewhat limited. This book came up trumps and has a whole double spread on how to repair pulled threads-hurrah!

I was going to try and tell you what I did, and I will, but I didn’t take many (any) photos as I was going along, so I’m not sure how much sense it will make. In any case, I will refer you to the above mentioned splendid book, as the clever author remembered to take photos and everything…

These were my supplies

  • Stitch ‘n’ Fix book
  • Needle
  • Thread-to vaguely match the colour of your jumper/cardi
  • Scissors

Basically, what you need to do is:

  • thread your needle and have the thread with two long even lengths hanging down and tie a knot at the bottom (I tied 2 knots on top of each other, as it kept pulling through)
  • put your needle into the pulled out thread at the top of the loop of pulled out bit, and pull it all the way through until you hit your knot
  • then sew a couple of small stitches on top of each other to secure the thread into the loop
  • poke your needle back through the hole that the pulled thread has come from and gently pull the pulled loop back through
  • use your needle and thread to either sew up the hole, or to secure the pulled loop back inside the jumper by sewing a few small stitches on the inside (turn the sleeve inside out to do this, it is easier)

Did that make any sense at all?

It should then look like this

I know! You can’t even tell where the pulled thread was!

You will just have to take my word for it that I haven’t just photographed the other sleeve….

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