My cat ate my sweater. Here’s how I fixed it.

Last winter, Lilo ate a 2-inch-diameter half-moon out of the front placket of my favorite winter cardigan. It’s semi-felted wool and I’m not a knitter, so I wasn’t sure how to fix it and left it hanging on a hook where I would occasionally stare at it while trying to come up with a fix.

The solution turned out to be so simple, I felt silly for taking so long to think of it.

I cut  a section out of the generous placket backing. The part I cut out was twice the size of the half-moon so I could fold it over  to match the folded edge of the placket, plus a little extra. I used my sewing machine to zigzag stitch around where I had removed the material.

sweater with swatch trimmed out of placket

 

I  trimmed the edge of the scrap to match the front side of the hole and used matching thread to sew it in place.  The fabric is pretty thick, so to hide the stitches I pulled them diagonally through the fabric and left only one millimeter or so visible at the top (highlighted in red).

close up photo of mended wool sweater

This is how the front looked when I was done stitching:

close up photo of mended wool sweater

 

I did the same on the backside.

close up of mended sweater placket

After:close up photo of mended wool sweater

 

While I was at it, I decided to fix something that has always bothered me about the sweater, which is the way the plackets overlap crookedly at the hem:

mended sweater on a dress form
The bottom circle indicates the crooked hem; the top circle is the section of placket that I repaired.

I trimmed the hem to even it out and finished it off with the zigzag stitch:

mended sweater on a dress form

Much better!

0 thoughts on “My cat ate my sweater. Here’s how I fixed it.

Leave a comment

%d bloggers like this: