Knit Tee Rescue

DIY Snag Fix

Rescue your favorite knit items from snags and pulls without the use of a special snag tool!

Crafty Gnomes: 1
 (See the Crafty Gnome Key Below)
Naps to Complete: Less than 1 (A few minutes)


So your favorite outfit has a snag that sticks out and catches EVERYONE’s attention. Or so you think, as you gaze into the mirror, unable to see anything else. You rummage through you sewing kit, but can’t find a snag tool. Here are a few ways to use tools you already have to fix snags, without the use of a burr, or Snag-it type device.

Option 1 – Crocheting Hook (my favorite)

What you’ll need:

  • Small crocheting hook
  • Fray Check (Optional)

DSCN5570 1. CAREFULLY, stretch the fabric around the snag to work the thread back into the weave. You may untwist the snag (if it will) and try gently pulling the fabric on either side of the snag (you’ll see where the thread is tight) to pull the thread back in a bit. Be very careful, particularly with delicate fabrics, pulling to hard can cause the snag to become a hole. If it won’t go in with gentle manipulation, it’s better to just pull it to a less visible location, so on to step 2.

2. Find the smallest crocheting hook you can, if you highlight your own hair (or anyone else’s for that matter :), grab the freebee that comes with the hook and cap kit. If you know anyone that highlights their hair, have them save you one for future use, they’re great to have around for all sorts of things.

DSCN55733. With the garment right-side-out, push the hook up through the base of the snag (there is often a small gap associated with the snag).

DSCN55744. Hook the snag and gently pull it through to the other side of the fabric. If it gives you a hard time, wrap it around a bit, then pull through.

DSCN55725. *Optional* Place a drip of Fray Check on the base of the snag. It’s totally up to you if you want to use this product or a similar one to finish up the job. There are definite pros and cons. The pros are that the snag is unlikely to pull back to the face of the garment, even with multiple washings, and the Fray Check will keep the snag from growing. Additionally, if there is any weakness in the thread or any small holes you didn’t notice, they are not likely to get bigger without taking the bit of Fray Checked fabric with. The con is the site will be a bit stiff and in some cases will appear a little different. If you’re worried, try a dab on the inside of the hem, let dry and make the choice after you’ve observed it.

6. Let dry so the Fray Check isn’t touching any other fabric (they may stick).

You can wear it as soon as it’s dry to the touch, but don’t wash it for at least 24 hours.

Option 2 – Needle and Thread

Needle and Thread

No crocheting hook on hand, but you have a needle and thread? This method is nearly as easy, but takes just a bit longer.

What You’ll Need:

  • Needle
  • Thread (any color)
  • Fray Check (Optional)

1. Follow Step 1 from above.

2. Thread the needle, you’ll only need a few inches.

DSCN5890DSCN58913. Tie a small knot, and overhand bow (as shown).

DSCN58874. Push the needle through the base of the snag, but leave the thread hanging out the front.

DSCN58935. Part the thread between the needle and the knot, place the snag between (sorry, I had a hard time taking a picture of this because it requires 2 hands).

6. Holding the knot and snag so they do not disassociate, pull the needle and thread through with the other hand. Be careful not to pull to hard. On a close weave you will have to wiggle the knot through gently as to not damage the fabric.

7. Follow steps 5 and 6 from above if you like.

Option 3 – Needle Threader (you may have one and not even know it, check your tiny sewing kit that sneaked into your bag on your last hotel stay)

Needle head threader

What You’ll Need:

  • Needle Threader
  • Fray Check (Optional)

1. Follow Step 1 from Option 1.

DSCN58952. Push the loop of the threader up through the base of the snag from the “wrong” side of the fabric.

DSCN58963. push the snag into the loop (sometimes this is easier said than done, which is why I prefer the crocheting hook if one is available).

4. Pull the threader back down and the snag through the fabric.

5. Follow steps 5 and 6 from option 1 if you like.

Enjoy that favorite outfit a little longer!

Happy Hooking!

-The Naptime Gnome <;)


Crafty Gnome Key:
1 Crafty Gnome = Simple cutting, gluing, tracing, and/or painting, etc.
2 Crafty Gnomes = Any of the above, plus the use of a few tools, and may involve a sewing machine for some simple seams… nothing crazy.
3 Crafty Gnomes = Could require some practice with any of the above items, and/or could involve power tools (you’ll meet Burly Gnome soon enough)
4 Crafty Gnomes = Includes most or all of the above… A bear of a project or requires a bit of help.
5 Crafty Gnomes = Perhaps a bit sorry I attempted it.

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