'Tis the season for wearing warm gloves, and my husband dug his out of the closet the other day. He had worn holes in the thumbs and asked me to mend them.
I began by threading a yarn needle with a length of yarn. Cut the longest length you can handle, because adding new yarn is a little awkward. I started off to the side a ways before and below the hole, inserting the needle between the knit part and the thermal part and making sure to keep hold of the tail.
I then proceeded to weave in the tail. If you do it before you start, you don't have to worry about how to do it after you've filled in the hole! I took the needle over the bars between the stitches. You can do this from the right side, and it's just as invisible as from the wrong side. I couldn't get a clear photo of it, but I took the needle 4 diagonal steps down toward the hole without pulling through, and then stuck it back up through the glove to the right side. I pulled the yarn through, making sure to keep hold of the tail. I stuck the needle down through the same place it came up and wove it over and under the bars again, 4 steps up toward the hole.
Then I duplicate stitched 2 rows below the hole, starting 2 stitches before and ending 2 stitches after the hole. Now comes the good part.
When I got to the hole itself, I started looping the center stitches over a double-pointed needle. Then I was able to keep the end stitches on the glove as reinforcement, and knit across the stitches over the hole.
Where the hole got larger, I moved my end stitches outward, and where it got smaller, I moved them inward. I ended by grafting the live stitches to the glove fabric.
As you can see, they turned out serviceable---better, in my opinion, than buying whole new gloves. But it took a little over three hours for two thumbs. A matching color would have been less visible, but still apparent. I was interested in the work and doing it for the man I love, but it isn't a quick fix.
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