Darn those socks!

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December 3, 2013 by thepolishedbutton

My Dad asked me to darn his socks the other day. No really, I’ve not slipped back a century, and they did need doing! (Not cheap cotton ones, but thick walking type ones, so not a total time waster!)
As luck would have it, I had some matching darning wool and a wooden darning mushroom so I made a cuppa and got to work!

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Firstly, I positioned the mushroom inside the sock under one of the holes, and held it by the handle to keep the hole taught (but not stretched) as I darned. I started off by stitching a ring all the way round the hole to stabilise it.

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Next I started using long stitches to ‘weave’ across the hole (being sure to start a little distance away from the edges to keep it secure in the non damaged part of the fabric), up and down then back across side to side to create a mesh over the hole, making sure it wasn’t pulled too tightly to prevent it puckering.

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I then worked in diagonals across the hole using smaller stitches, under and over the mesh stitches, as it gradually started to become filled in.

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Slowly the hole disappeared and was replaced with a new layer of ‘knitted’ yarn, creating a strong and almost invisible mend!

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I then repeated the process for each holey or worn area, and now they are nice and hole free to see another day (and keep my old man’s tootsies cosy!)

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2 thoughts on “Darn those socks!

  1. Well done! I enjoyed this post, and it made me think of another post I discovered a while back through the Woven Tale Press: http://writinginthemarginsburstingattheseams.blogspot.nl/2013/10/oh-darn.html So you are not the only one, and it’s a good thing to darn!

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