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Visible mending on a knitted jumper

creative visible mending on aran jumper

Mending baskets! Is there anything quite as likely to engender feelings of guilt as we pass.

All those almost wearable clothes just needing a little attention.

A few years ago I was given this cosy Aran jumper as a Christmas present.

Four times worn and I backed into a barbed wire fence; by the time I had disentangled myself there was a massive hole on the backside.

The wool itself had shredded - much of it left on the fence and I put the jumper in my mending basket to repair. . . .

mending a hole in a knitted jumper

Four years later, clearing out the 'dressing room of doom' I determined to do better.

It was a drizzly day, I had nothing else pressing to do, I got out some scraps of left over wool and a tapestry needle. It took less then an hour.

Four years and an hour.

In case you also have a ripped jumper in need of some creative mending, here is what I did.

The mending of the ripped aran jumper.

As the rip is very firmly on my backside I decided that it needed a curvy darning, but otherwise I followed the instructions of Flora Collingwood Norris here. The cabling meant that this was never going to be a neat and regimented darn - and it is a little bit more like a hobbity mend, but I love it's organic shape.


  • Holey jumper
  • Tapestry needle
  • Selection of yarns of similar weight to the jumper
  • Scissors

Step 1

I cut out some paper shapes to see what size and shape the patch should be. I went with a circle.

circle template for creative mending wool jumper

Step 2

Use a contrasting yarn to sew a tacked outline. This is just there as a guide and it will be removed later.

guide to creative mending knitted jumper


Begin to work up and down over the hole. These are the warp threads of the woven patch. Make a little reinforcing stitch at either end of your warps, a little back stitch outside the circle. This makes the patch stronger and also is a bit of decoration. The stitches should be even - try to keep them half a knitted stitch apart. Pay attention to the tension of your warp - it shouldn't be too loopy, but it shouldn't be too tight either or the patch will pucker.

beginning to sew the warp visible mending jumper

Continue working the warp - here you can see the different stripes of colour that I chose.

completed warp layer of jumper patch


Now begin weaving the weft - start at one side, make a little reinforcing stitch and then go over and under and over and under the threads till you reach the other side. Make a stitch and go back the way you came with another row - this time make sure you go over all the threads you went under last time and under all the threads you went over. the first few rows are the trickiest but then you will get into a rhythm.

woven darn ripped jumper

Every few rows stop and squash the rows down so that they form a fabric. You want the patch to be similar in feel to the jumper - so if it is a fine jumper they should be neatly squashed together, if it is a heavy weight and cabled super like this they can have a more energetic and organic feel.


Finish the back by making sure all the ends of yarn are well secured and cut them short.

Remove the tacking stitches.

Gently steam flat with an iron not quite touching the surface of the patch - this will take out any puckering.

finished patch creative mending jumper


Pat yourself on the back and wear your creative mending proudly.

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