How to Darn Socks





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Published on Aug 5, 2010

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Quit damning your socks to the garbage, and darn them right back to the sock drawer instead.

Step 1: Turn the sock inside out
Turn your sock inside out and place the darning egg inside of the sock to emphasize the hole.

Step 2: Thread the needle
Thread the darning needle with yarn or thick thread.

If the hole is in the sole of the sock, use a different color yarn or thread from that of the sock to help you see your work.

Step 3: Begin weaving
Start about an inch to the side of the torn area, and weave over the hole to an inch on the other side.

Keep a little slack in the yarn or thread to allow for shrinkage when washed.

Step 4: Weave in the other direction
Turn the sock the other way and weave stitches perpendicular to those you've just created.

Don't make any knots; this would make it uncomfortable for the sock wearer.

Step 5: Continue weaving
Continue weaving over the hole until you’ve covered it.

Step 6: Cut the yarn
Cut the extra yarn, turn your sock right-side out, and congratulate yourself for saving another sock's life.

Did You Know?
Did you know? The first sock knitting machine – which automatically closed a sock's heel and toe – was developed in 1869 by John Nelson and William Worth Burson.


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