How to Repair 7 Kinds of Snags in Knitted Fabric

23 March 2022
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A snag is a loop or stitch that has been pulled out of a knitted fabric. It’s often caused by catching the piece on a ring, zipper, tree branch, or any number of other protrusions. A whole stitch or just a few strands of fibre might be pulled, or one of the plies that makes up the yarn might be caught. Sometimes part of the strand is broken. If the whole strand is broken, this creates a hole. (Refer to my earlier mending tutorials, Stocking Darning, Scottish Darning, and Swiss Darning for advice on mending holes.)

The following case studies cover different types of snags and varying approaches to repairing and mending them. These strategies use similar tools and methods, and in most cases, can be used interchangeably.

These repair guidelines may be used on handknits and commercial knits alike.

About Holli Yeoh

Holli feels strongly about fine craftsmanship, believing that while there’s more than one right way to do things, it’s important to do it right! To this end, she teaches skills that enable knitters to feel justified pride in their finished projects, while accommodating different knitting styles and preferences. Students leave her workshops with an arsenal of valuable techniques, deep understanding of the choices to be made in knitting, and new confidence. Find her patterns on Ravelry, LoveCrafts, Makerist, and Payhip, and follow her work on Instagram at @holliyeoh and her website at

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