How to Fix a Hole in a Wool Sweater

Have you ever come across a hole in your wool sweater? Seeing a hole in your new or favorite sweater can be annoying. A hole in a sweater is not the end of that sweater. Most of us tend to throw away or stop wearing the sweater once we see a hole in it.

The actual problem is not the hole but the lack of know-how on how to repair the damage caused by the hole. In this article, we will be sharing all the hacks and tips on how to fix a hole in a wool sweater. This can save your favorite Irish aran sweater as well as a trip to the tailor saving money and time.

Talking about sweaters, aran knit sweaters are the most reliable and premium collections to add to your closet this summer. But it is also possible to have a hole in your aran sweater. Carelessness is not the reason for getting a hole in your sweater as people who are very careful enough are also used to getting a hole and the reasons can be different.

This is because there can be instances where your watch or ring could get trapped in your sweater leaving a cut that later on becomes a hole. Also, you could mistakenly get a scratch from your lovely pet cat or dog. Or there could be mysterious reasons which we won’t be able to figure out. Whatever be the reason for the hole, we can share tips on how to fix it!


Darning is a straightforward option when it comes to fixing a hole in an aran sweater. The first step in darning is to knit a new yarn in a criss-cross pattern by covering the hole. The yarn has to be weaved in and out of the wool sweater fiber. You will need yarn, a needle, and a darning mushroom if possible. Finding the matching yarn for your aran sweater may not be easy from your home unless you have all the necessary stitching kits at your disposal. If you don’t, you can take the sweater with you to the store and buy the matching yarn.

The first step in darning is to thread the yarn through the needle by tying a knot at one of the ends which helps the yarn not to slip out. Make sure to select a spot half an inch to the left of the hole as well as half an inch below. Now you should pull the needle through the front and back by forming a vertical stitch that goes up. Continue making straight-line stitches as you move up. When you are half an inch above the hole, make vertical stitches to the bottom by reversing the action.  Add stitch columns until you reach half an inch to the right side of the hole. Now you can tie the yarn into a knot from the inside of the sweater and cut the yarn.

Once that is done, you have to start sewing another layer to it with horizontal stitches instead of vertical. This procedure should be repeated by weaving horizontal stitches through vertical stitches. This won’t replicate the original aran sweater stitches but definitely blend in with the sweater as long as the yarn is a good match for the sweater fabric.

Knitted Patch 

As an alternative to darning, you can try the knitted patch technique to remove the hole from your aran knitwear sweater. You can create the patch by using original yarn or with a contrasting yarn. The shape of the knit patch can be made according to your interest. For using the knitted patch, you will need yarn of the same weight as the original. Along with that, you will need a set of double-pointed needles.

The first step is to access the damage. Take a good look at the hole and check the condition of the surrounding stitches. Next, you need to pick up the stitches a few rows below the hole. Each stitch will look like a V shape and pick the right strand of each V-shaped stitch.  Start from stitching towards the right side of the hole and finish with stitches to the left. Try to make sure all 4 edges of your patch should be anchored in undamaged stitches.

Once you have the shape and size correct, knit the first row. When you reach the last stitch of each row, pick the stitch from the underlying knitting. Knit together the picked-up stitch and last stitch of the row. Slip live stitches around the edge of the hole into your needle when it comes on the same level. Knit the corresponding stitch of the patch together as it helps to hold the previous knitting snugly against the new patch. Continue working on a few more rows above the hole and end with a purl row.

Finally, pick up the stitches and craft them together. Your knitted patch is ready and your aran sweater will be looking prettier than before.





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