How to Fix a Snag on your Alpaca or Wool Sweater

In this blog-post, I want to show you how to fix a snag on most knitwear. Some garments are very delicate, and you may end up snagging them with your jewelry or something sharp or pointy.

When this happens, some people decide to cut the loop off the sweater. This is the biggest mistake you can make! If you do that, eventually a hole will appear where you cut the yarn off.

To fix your alpaca sweater or any other wool garment, all you need is a few minutes and a knit-quick hook. If you don’t have one, you can get one for less than $2 at one of the stores that offers knitwear supplies. After all, $2 is not bad to save your alpaca sweater or garment that costed well over $100.

The first thing you need to do is see how far the snag goes. Then, use the knit-quick hook to start pulling the yarn back towards where it came from.

To do that, you need to understand how knitwear is constructed. That is why I added an image below that shows a basic jersey knit. I highlighted in black how the yarn goes up and down in loops.

jersey knit pattern alpaca sweater alpaca knitwear

All of knitwear construction follows some kind or form of this basic jersey pattern. Understanding this diagram will help you look for the thread of yarn that you need to pull on to put the snag back on its place.

I made a video that shows how to do this step by step.


I hope that watching the video helped you understand better how this is done. If your garment looks a little uneven after you fixed the snag, you can iron it and that will make it look like nothing happened. It is an easy process. Remember, all you need is a quick-knit hook and a few minutes of your time to get your alpaca sweater or wool garment looking like new again!