It certainly threw us for a loop.

By Michelle Darrisaw
Hole in Purple Sweater
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Winter is coming, and you know what that means—time to break out the cozy sweaters, knitted scarves, and hats. But with wearing comforting garments comes great responsibility and burdens, like snags and pulled threads.

There's nothing worse than your favorite sweater catching on to something sharp and pulling, or discovering that it's slowly started to unravel from normal wear and tear and laundering. Your first instinct might be to whip out the scissors and cut the snag, but here's some sound fashion advice: Don't! Snipping the loose thread could make the problem worse and create an even bigger hole in your knitwear. Instead, head to the bathroom cabinet and grab a bobby pin. No expensive tailor or needle and thread required here, folks. A "hair grip" and the "jumper" (as the Brits refer to them) in question is all you need to save your knitted winter clothing from inevitable snags.

We're keeping you fully in the loop with the easy tutorial posted below, courtesy of TODAY Style. Just three simple steps, and you're well on your way to sporting a like-new sweater and mended knit.

  1. Hook the bobby pin or hair grip onto the snagged thread.
  2. Push the bobby pin back into the hole from whence it came, and pull it tight.
  3. Remove the bobby pin, which should be on the inside of the sweater.

TODAY Style also advised tying the "snagged loop into a knot," if you're not confident the thread will stay put. For bulky and sturdy cable knits, there's also another beauty remedy you can use: clear nail polish. Dab the end of the loose yarn with the clear liquid, and it'll help the knot stay fastened.

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Unfortunately, this neat trick only works on thick-knit sweaters and garments that have enough spacing between the stitching. Tight yarns and threads tend to not allow you to loop the snagged material as easily.