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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will mend a hole in a sweater. Large or small, there are a variety of ways to mend holes in sweaters.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - mend a hole in a sweater

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
 - the hole in the sweater before mending
 - tools and materials you will use for the mend
 - mending in progress
 - the newly mended hole in your sweater

Related Articles:
How to Fix a Small Hole in a Knit
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Repairing Your Knits with Darning


Knitting Patches for Holes in Sweaters



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Here is my submission for the Textile - Straw - Repairs - Mend a Hole in a Sweater BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following photos:
- TWO holes in the sweater before mending
- Tools and materials you will use for the mend - needle, thread, crochet hook, knitting (locking) stitch markers to hold live stitches
- Mending in progress
- The newly mended hole in your sweater
- My Sweater
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Smaller whole with thread tied to broken yarn
Smaller whole with thread tied to broken yarn
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Small hole repaired - inside
Small hole repaired - inside
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Small hole repaired - outside
Small hole repaired - outside
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Large hole with locking stitch markers preventing more laddering
Large hole with locking stitch markers preventing more laddering
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using crochet hook to recreate knit stitches
using crochet hook to recreate knit stitches
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Mending in Process - hole is 1/2 size with reknit complete - stitching
Mending in Process - hole is 1/2 size with reknit complete - stitching
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Large hole repaired - inside
Large hole repaired - inside
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Large hole repaired - outside
Large hole repaired - outside
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My sweater - holes were in the right sleeve (on the left side of photo)
My sweater - holes were in the right sleeve (on the left side of photo)
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My barn sweater had a hole in the upper back and needed mending. I decided this would be a good sweater for learning how to Swiss darn.

The hole in the sweater.

I didn't have matching yarn, so I used sock yarn that matched the colors the closest. The tools were a tapestry needle and scissors.

Making the mend. Not as easy as the video made it look!

Darning done and ends woven in. Not perfect, but I think I got the gist of it!
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This sweater came from the thrift store with several small holes in the wool yoke. The rest of the sweater seems to be acrylic. It took me till now to realise that the black and white things on the yoke are loons 😀

The holes are easy to fix in a non-obvious way because the wool is already partly felted and the colors are dark.

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Sweater before mending
Sweater before mending
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Hole between loons
Hole between loons
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Feltable black wool, tools
Feltable black wool, tools
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In progress
In progress
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Mend complete
Mend complete
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My go-to winter sweater recently developed a hole over the left elbow. I've repaired it a few times already and I'm not ready to give up on it yet!

I darned the hole to recreate the fabric. It isn't re-knitted but the patch is fairly subtle - and I picked a yarn that matched the colour pretty close. I made sure to overlap the new stitches with the existing, good material by a half inch or so to stop it fraying.

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Hole in the elbow
Hole in the elbow
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Yarn, needle
Yarn, needle
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Stitches in one direction
Stitches in one direction
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And the other
And the other
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All finished
All finished
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Sweater
Sweater
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Tonight I sat down to mend a wool sweater I recently got from the second hand store.  It was fine when I bought it, then a hole formed in the armpit.  Then that hole suddenly expanded becoming really big!  I'm sure there are fancy technical terms for this any tailor would know, but I am not a tailor.  It looks to me like the sweater was made in panels and these were then stitched together.  Whatever stitching was holding these part together seems to have failed so I figured a good approach would be to grab some wool yarn and sew them back together.  When I got to the actual armpit section which seems to get the most strain, based on my having other sweaters fail in that spot, I decided to do a stitch where I went over the top.  (I don't know the fancy stitch names.)  It felt like this would make it more secure in that spot.  When I thought I was done and turned the sweater back right side out I wasn't happy with the long seams.  They seemed like they might still be a bit weak.  So I went back and did another line of sewing on them, improving them to my satisfaction.

Anyway, this is my submission for this BB.
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Here is a photo of the large hole in the sweater where the panels are coming apart.
Here is a photo of the large hole in the sweater where the panels are coming apart.
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These are the tools and supplies I am using. The yarn is wool.
These are the tools and supplies I am using. The yarn is wool.
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I pinned up the line to make it a bit easier on me, then began sewing.
I pinned up the line to make it a bit easier on me, then began sewing.
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Here is the armpit section in progress.
Here is the armpit section in progress.
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When I wasn't satisfied with how secure it seemed I went back and did another line of sewing.
When I wasn't satisfied with how secure it seemed I went back and did another line of sewing.
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Here is the finished repair as seen from the inside.
Here is the finished repair as seen from the inside.
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Here is the finished repair as seen from the outside.
Here is the finished repair as seen from the outside.
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My favorite outdoor woolen sweater had a big hole in the right sleeve.

I wanted to try out the swiss darning technique, therefor the pink yarn in the picture of the materials.
But I had never done it before, and it turned out too complicated for me with the rib stitches :-D
It was more important to finish the job than to try and make a perfect repair.
So I switched plan of attack and mended the hole only using the brown colored wool yarn.

Although the repair turned out very strong, I found it rather ugly.
So I knitted a patch out of the same woolen yarn, left a long string when I was done, and used that extra yarn to fix the patch over the ugly spot.
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Note: I hearby certify this complete.  Nice job with the extra covering patch.

 
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Same sweater as my quick-darning BB. This one is right on the front of the cashmere sweater so I tried to make it less noticeable. I used cotton embroidery thread, a darning egg, and a darning needle.
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I tend to rub my fingers on my sweater arms without noticing... this is my favorite one and I saved it today
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In progress
In progress
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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Good job saving your sweater!

 
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This is a dog sweater if that counts. I got a new puppy and while seeing if any sweaters fit, I noticed the hole in this one.
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Holey sweater.
Holey sweater.
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Mid darn.
Mid darn.
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Materials and finished darn.
Materials and finished darn.
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