How to Darn Socks

Yarn Harlot Style!

Hold the socks over the garbage can.

Proclaim loudly, “Darn it!” and release.

Repeat as necessary.

I admit, this is a rather disappointing development, considering that the socks in question were only a few months old. However, I have now learned a hard lesson about taking care of hand knits, even if the yarn is “superwash”. In the future, I will still use my washing machine to wash my hand knits, but only on the soak cycle and with a wool wash like Soak or Eucalan (and bad me for abusing the socks the way I did).

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9 thoughts on “How to Darn Socks

  1. Oh, no! I hope you took them out of the trash and actually darned them after that!! :( Poor socks!

    I usually rip back until I can knit a new heel; if it’s a flap heel, I get rid of it and do a peasant heel instead. Anything to keep wearing my beloved socks!!

    (or else send them to me and *I* will fix them.) ;)

  2. I’ve found a huge difference in the yarns I’ve used to make socks. Straight merino and less expensive brands have not worn well at all – holes in just a few wearings.
    I’ve had GREAT luck with Opal yarns (from Germany). Still going strong.

    While I’ve unraveled the merino ones to use the yarn for a hat, I would darn socks I really liked!

  3. i cut the feet of the old socks and then knit new ones, get loads of wear out of one pair of socks and i get to use up all the odds and ends of wool up.

  4. Your technique doesn’t do much for either the pocket book or the environment. Darning socks is very easy! If you can’t darn a sock, why are you knitting in the first place (which is harder to do)?

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