Darn socks! (Really. Do it.)
Make Socks and Mend
We had our first snowfall last week, which had me pawing though my sock drawer for a cozy pair. There were fewer socks than I remembered in the drawer—but more than I remembered in my mending bag! So I found a yarn needle and practiced my sock darning techniques.
Over the years I've developed a nice collection of handknitted socks, but when you wear a pair every chilly Colorado day, they get a little threadbare… literally. Like most sock knitters, I prefer knitting socks to darning socks, but I'm not ready to let go a beloved pair of socks for a few thin spots, either.
Strictly speaking, most of what I do is reinforcing rather than darning, because I try to intervene before an actual hole develops. By threading some waste yarn on a tapestry needle and working duplicate stitch over the thin spots, I can breathe new life into a pair that might otherwise be headed for the rag pile. When I don't catch it in time, though, it's time to pull out the traditional woven darning technique.
|Back in Fall 2011, Eunny Jang showed Sockupied readers two methods for mending socks: darning and reweaving. This week we released the video tutorials for download in the Knitting Daily shop: Darning Methods to Save Your Socks. So if your favorite handknitted socks have developed a few thin spots, fear not—just a few little stitches can give your solemates new life.|
Here's my small collection of socks darned this week, eight in total. How far will you go to save your socks?
Happy knitting (and mending)!