Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sock Mending

It is getting around to that time of year again, woolly sock weather! So this weekend I sorted through my  handmade socks to see which ones needed a bit of attention. 
In winter, I wear my socks everyday and night, so they get a pretty rigorous work out. Amazingly, they hold up very well. The blue socks in the picture above was the first pair I knit and are almost 10 years old! (I do tend to save those in the back of the drawer.)  After all that time and all the hard work and wear, I can't bear to give up on them when a bit of yarn will put them back in working order.

Tapestry needle (and wooden needle case), small scissors, double point knitting needles, crochet hook and darning egg. Essential tools for a bit of mending.

 There are two common ways to mend socks. Pick up stitches and knit a patch or weave yarn across to fill in a hole.
 Here I am knitting a patch for this sock, when done I will then sew the patch down along the edges and top. I usually determine the method on the size of the hole to patch; larger holes get a patch and smaller ones (or wear spots) are re-enforced with weaving.

Especially with weaving, a darning egg comes in handy. Placed inside the sock with the sock held snugly around it, the darning egg provides a smooth hard surface to work against.
I found working vertically on the inside (through the purl bumps) and working horizontally on the outside (under the knit columns) worked very nicely.

One pair done. A few more to go.......


  1. Lovely job darning! You would barely be able to tell the sock had been mended. I have yet to knit a pair of socks, but would love to. Maybe this winter. : )

    1. Sock knitting is not that hard once you get use to knitting on tiny needles. I love my handknit socks! Don't think my feet would have made it through those two frigid winters with out them.

    2. You could always start with socks for your little one. I love making socks for my niece and nephew!