Did you get a hole in your knit? Read 5 + 1 tips how to care and mend your garments successfully

20.12.2021, Kati Jukarainen

With regard to its characteristics, merino wool is an absolutely fantastic raw material, and also one of today’s materials with a superior performance. As a natural fibre, a merino knit, however, lives, and therefore, a merino yarn is weaker than man-made fibres, as far as its resistance to wear is concerned. For this reason, a wool yarn may break in the course of time, and a hole occurs. Read our article and simple instructions how to fix a hole that has appeared in your knitted garment!

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Extend the lifespan of your favourite knitted garment 

Merino wool fibres are long, elastic and thin. The reason why a merino yarn breaks is often the rubbing of the knit, or it being exposed to hard wearing. The occurrence of a hole, however, does not mean the end of the life of your knit. By mending the hole, you can extend the life of your most beloved merino knit by several years; and a garment fixed by your own hands will become more valuable than before, even with patching. At the same, mending is an act of responsibility – by fixing a broken garment we can reduce the amount of textile waste, already so enormous.

Fix your knit this way by stitching

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  1. You may use either single or double thread for stitching. When using a single thread, you should do the stitching twice. This way, you can ensure both a tidy stitching result and the durability of the patch.
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2. You should start on the reverse side of the knit in a way that the start thread remains in the edge layers of the real stitches. After that, move to the right side of the stitching job. The aim is to start duplicating the knit by adapting the stitches of the knit. Pay attention not to tension the thread too much when duplicating.

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3. Start working from the right bottom corner of the hole. The most important part of the patching is to get open stitches closed, in order to prevent the knit from unravelling more.

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4. When picking up stitches, the aim is to observe how the thread goes along the original knit surface.

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5. After the stitches have been duplicated and the hole patched up, move to the reverse side of the knit. The stitching job will be bound off to edge layers of original stitches.

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6. You hardly notice a patching done by stitching – a hole can be mended in a tidy and unnoticeable manner by following the original knit surface.

 

Why do holes occur in a knit? The most common reasons why holes occur in a merino knit

Wrong kind of detergent or washing temperature

We recommend a wool detergent for washing wool clothes. Its pH is under 7, which is appropriate for a more delicate natural fibre. Regular alkaline (basic, pH over 7) detergents decrease the strength of wool fibres. The decrease in the strength of wool fibre often leads to holes in the knitting. You should not use a rinsing agent, either, because the agent easily accumulates on the surface of a natural fibre and in the knit deteriorating the breathability of wool.

Getting torn in connection with a wash

Wool clothes should be hand washed or machine washed in a wash bag so that they would not stick to buttons/zips of other clothes and get torn.

Rubbing with outerwear

100% merino wool knit is more sensitive than textiles made of synthetic fibres. If your overcoat or sweater has inside pockets or sewn labels, their edges may rub the merino knit, which causes pilling and holes in the knit.

Clothes moths

Clothes moths are undetectable and can live even in new apartments. The clothes moth larvae use natural fibres for their nutrition, and they cause holes in wool clothes especially during (summer) storage, or in situations, when the clothes are not being used actively. During periods of non-use, wool clothes should be stored as clean in a space where moths do not have access.

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