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).


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. Andrea says:

    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. kate says:

    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. Cragi says:

    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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