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How To Darn Socks

How To Darn Socks

Are you sick of throwing away socks because of tiny but irritating holes? Learn to easily repair socks and other woven fabrics in this quick video. Learn to darn your own socks in three easy minutes!

In this video, I am going to show you how to darn a sock. Now, this is called a darning mushroom and it is useful because it stretches out the fabric. We are going to be filling in this hole with a thread that isn't as stretchy as the sock, so I want to be able to make sure that I don't make this sock smaller by stitching into it. I'm using a darning needle which has a much rounder end and isn't going to separate all the fibres in my sock. And I'm using darning wool, which is quite thick, that means I will have to do less stitching. So, the first stage, I'm using white as well, just so you can see what I am doing, I would normally do this with a black thread. And what I'm doing is just trying to fill in that hole with thread. So, again, I've got a knot and I'm just doing a little back stitch just to secure it. And then, it doesn't matter if you start in a horizontal way or vertical way. I'm going to go horizontally. I'm just keeping a bit of tension and then keeping that nice and stretched. I'm doing rows of horizontal threads like this to fill in this hole. This side's the easy side. And now, I'm just going to change my hand position a little bit. This time, I'm going to be doing threads going in the opposite direction and I'm going to weave my needle, in and out, like that. And I'm coming back this way and I'm going to weave, picking up the bit I didn't pick up last time. So I'm creating a little crisscross of threads that's actually filling in that hole. See, you don't just use darning for socks, you can use it for woven fabrics. It's just a great way of filling in a hole. So I'm going to keep working backwards and forwards, weaving in and out until I've filled that hole in. Once I'm happy that I filled the hole in, I'm just going to make sure that I finish this off and I'm finishing off from the outside so there is no nasty little knot that's going to irritate my skin. The back stitches, the back stitch with the needle, pass through the loop to create a knot. Cut that nice and close. Then, remove my darning mushroom. And now, my hole has been filled in on my sock. And that is how you darn socks!