Darn it! – patching holes in knitted things

Part I of the Soulless Socks

So you learned how to knit scarves and that was awesome.  Then you learned about knitting in the round, and hats appeared!  Tall hats, short hats, beanies, big floppy hats, maybe even top hats!  And then you learned about how to knit socks.

Now, readers of this blog might have noticed that I like to knit socks.

Two socks.


Four socks.


Red socks.


Blue socks.


I knit socks with diamonds,


socks with stripes,


socks with DNA patterns,


socks on the bias,


socks with flames,


and multiple variations on each.  I like knitting socks.  They’re small to carry, only take one skein of yarn, and are very useful.  Also, souvenir sock yarn packs small.

Somewhere along the way as you learned to knit socks, you realized perhaps that socks have a very important difference from scarves and hats and even sweaters.  That is, they get a lot more wear.  Like, more wear than anything else you can knit that I can imagine.  They sit between your foot and the floor or your shoe and then you apply PRESSURE.  As a result of this, you might notice that you go through store-bought socks pretty fast.  Going through hand-knit socks that fast is NOT acceptable.

Are you kidding?  I worked hard on those socks!  And I got to wear them for one to two MONTHS before there are HOLES and THIN SPOTS?


Not fair.  If they were store-bought socks, I would just throw them out.  But there’s no way I am throwing out my HAND KNIT SOCKS that I WORKED on for MONTHS ( or maybe weeks, or maybe years – depends what else I was doing at the time).

Well, darn it.  Now what?

Oh, wait.  Darn it.

No, really.  Darn the socks.

Darning is to patch something.  Often, with socks, one does it by weaving a small patch over the hole, such that the fabric is not further distressed, and the darn instead takes the pressure and wear.  I have a darning egg that my mother gave me to use while darning, but a ladle or even a large soup spoon works perfectly well.


There’s a good video here which shows how to darn socks.


And you end up with socks that still keep you warm and have no holes!


At least, for a little while . . . . . until you wear through the darns . . . .


or around them . . . .

(To Be Continued)



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4 responses to “Darn it! – patching holes in knitted things

  1. Carol B

    It is also possible to knit heels and toes (where the most wear occurs) with an additional reinforcement thread or nylon thread. Some of the German sock yarns come with their own spool of color-coordinated thread inside the skein of wool. Or…one can learn to darn. 😉

  2. Ellen in Conn

    I do many things with holey socks: darn. knit a new patch. rip or cut out the offender and knit a new part. cut off the foot and knit a new one. You know all this. Also, I sometimes use a jam-jar for a darning egg. The egg doesn’t stay in place, but something bigger will.


    ps Hi Carol!

  3. I have a whole shoebox full of socks waiting to be darned…

  4. Pingback: The Soul (or Sole) of the Sock | rozaanthony

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