January 04, 2007
So, you want to be a surgeon, too?!?
I considered posting a little tutorial, but then reconsidered, convinced that someone, somewhere must be one step ahead of me. I mean, I hardly reinvented the wheel here: it's just grafting! We graft toes of socks on a regular basis, and darning a hole in a knit sweater is not an ounce different.
So I surfed here and there, and found a brilliant Knitty article - Repairs 101. The section titled, "Tears and Holes -- Weaving Method" is exactly how I went about fixing my sweater.
I used a crochet hook to pull through the darning yarn because it wasn't long enough to thread a needle. I also recommend opening up a basic knitting reference book to the grafting section, and following the outlined maneuvers. The yarn travels through each loop twice, and I find having a diagram in front of me useful to get things right the first (and only) time. My personal favorite is, of course, Montse Stanley's The Knitter's Handbook (p. 241), but any (worthwhile) knitting reference will do.
As for the source of the hole which was "the epitome of poor taste and ugliness", it isn't moths (God forbid!).
I have 19 ways to ruin all your favorite sweaters. And don't you forget it!
(Kitty is a polydactyl cat)