Beautiful and Practical Sock Mending Techniques

Beautiful and Practical Sock Mending Techniques

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Emily Smith
Mar 18, 2011

Mending often involves cutting or hacking in to fabric and altering clothes to improve their functionality or save them from heading to the landfill. These stitches and patches add character and can present creative opportunities in the process. I've never actually darned my socks before, but after looking through tutorials on how to darn socks, it has inspired me to re-think those otherwise stubborn holes in my socks, and play around with different techniques, thread colours, and patterns. I'd love to hear from you: does anyone else have any mending inspiration in their wardrobe that they'd like to share?

1. Mandy from Zig Zag Stitch has a great tutorial on her blog which really breaks down the basic steps of darning.
2. This image is from Craft Magazine, on how to mend a mohair blanket
3. Streets and YOs provides a more seamless approach to darning, which involves casting on and knitting up the hole
4. & 5. Socks darned with embroidery floss as a reinforcement as opposed to mending the hole after it's been made. via Craft Magazine

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