Mending a Knit Lace Bonnet

Find a thread that matches the lace as closely as possible in both color and thickness.

Find each loose, broken end and attach a usable length -- about 16 inches -- using a reef or weaver's knot.

This will prevent any loose ends from unraveling while you work on another area, and give you a thread to work with to rework missing loops.

The neatest mend will result if a lighter weight thread is chosen for those threads that will not be worked into loops, but merely knotted and finished off. This will keep the final mend as delicate as possible.

Stitches that have unraveled can be pulled through the loops in each row with a fine crochet hook.

Be sure the thread being pulled through belongs to the correct row, and that it does not lead to a broken end.

It often takes a bit of fiddling and meddling to figure out which rows belong to which thread.

A small safety pin will hold loops and keep them from unraveling again while you figure out what to do next.

While working on a row, it can be helpful to use a separate, tiny pin for each loop. This makes it easier to work them from side to side or in a different order.

The lengths of new thread attached to broken threads can be threaded through a needle, and worked into the knit.

Any last loops can be caught with this needle and thread, and finished off.

There are a couple ways this could have been done better. The final loop was caught and stabilized -- it will not unravel. But the last thread just passes through the loop, and does not form a loop of its own. It looks just a bit wrong.

The final result also was a little bit lumpier at the end than we would have liked. There is a way to improve on this result -- see #6, A Second Choice Of Thread

The final result would have been a little less lumpy of we had used a matching thread only for those broken threads that would be made into new loops.

The broken threads that were just stabilized by knotting and finishing off could have been attached to a much finer thread.

Because we weren't sure at first which would be which, it might work better to attach all broken threads to a very fine thread at first, and change that to a heavier thread when it is clear that they will become loops.

Lace knit is tricky to mend. Knit unravels, and there are very few places to hide mending threads.

This bonnet had one small hole. Because it is in a plain knit area, it can be relatively easily mended.      219-659-1124    Elizabeth Kurella 2014