I love wool. I love merino for cycling, for my sub-zero office, and for just about everything else.
The sad fact of wool sweaters is that eventually you’re gonna get a hole in one. But, unlike the $3.99 tank top that I tore this weekend by putting my thumb through it (thoroughly illustrating the downside of fast fashion), you can mend a hole in a wool sweater easily and practically invisibly.
I’d been planning this tutorial for a bit, but this week someone who had bought an upcycled jersey shot me an email asking about this very thing. I have two main ways that I employ when mending holes–one involves a needle and thread, the other involves felting wool roving over the hole. The first is super simple, the second takes some finesse.
So without further ado:
How to mend a hole in a sweater 1
Needle & Thread
Note: This is probably the most invisible way to mend a hole. I used white thread on the black jersey to show you folks the stitch I use, but when I pulled the stitches tight I couldn’t even find the hole from the right side–despite the white thread. I’d show you that, but the photo just looks like I took it with the lens cap on, so no dice.
And there you go. Easy, right?
How to mend a hole in a sweater 2
Note: if you’re in the Seattle area, head to Weaving Works for wool roving. They’ve got tons of colors, and at around $2 an ounce you can buy a bit of each for just pennies.
Ta-da! Your hole is good and felted.
* So, funny story. I bought all these little balls of roving last week, and now I can’t even open my sewing room door because their rate of reproduction is totally out of control. And I don’t even keep my quadrotriticale in the sewing room–it’s downstairs in the closet–so I have no idea what they’re eating. I don’t even want to know, actually.