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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will mend or darn a hole in a sock.

Related Articles:
How to Extend Sock Life by Mending and Darning the Holes

Related Videos:
How to Repair a Hole in a Sock with Darning


Swiss Darning Socks


Mending Your Socks: The Knitted Patch


Duplicates stitch for socks wearing thin


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - mend a hole in a sock

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
 - the hole in the sock before mending
 - tools and materials you will use for the mend
 - mending in progress
 - the mended sock

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So you call this 'Swiss darning'. In Dutch it is called 'mazen'.
I hope the photos are clear enough, the yarn I used is very dark (wool from black sheep).

The hole is clear to see

Work in progress

Finished

From inside
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I got a small hole in my favorite variety of wool sock right where I put my hand to pull it on/up. It's a small fix, but totally worth it. I tried to recreate the knitting stitch so it would retain its stretch, but its hard to see as I wanted to use wool the matched.
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This is a pair of my handspun handknit socks. I wore the soles and there was a small hole about fingernail size in one, and a thumb sized hole in the other. Plus they were thinning across the pad of the foot.
I have done a woven darn before and wanted to try a knitted darn. So I finally did! It's really easy, if you can knit a sock then you can totally do a knitted darn. I didn't think the yarn would unravel much more but I did use the tail to weave around the hole and weave it in, just to be sure.
After that I put a small jar in the sock and wove yarn up and down between the stitches across the thinning section for each sock. It's practically invisible.
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I noticed a hole in my sock  this morning and wanted to take care of it before the end of the day.

I chose to practice my woven stitch rather than a duplicate stitch because the factory-made socks are a very fine thread, and because I wanted a bit of cushioning in the sock's thinned toe pad area.

A small jar worked perfectly in place of my missing darning mushroom, and I found that using a second needle (slim double pointed knitting needle would also work) helped me make a tidier weave than I've managed in the past.
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Before
Before
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During 1
During 1
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During 2: ready to weave
During 2: ready to weave
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Using a second needle
Using a second needle
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Completed sock
Completed sock
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These woolen socks are the first home-made socks my partner and I made for me, back in 2015 or 2016. They are no stranger to darning, and winter sees the need for darning each pair, it seems!

They are darned with some homespun I spun around the same time, a fine two-ply that's a bit underspun, but is made from Texel wool, which is a bit coarser (and therefore stronger) than the fine wools used for textiles today. Previous darns I've made with this wool have lasted a lot better than darns with Romney or Merino wool. The darn was made with a tool called a SpeedWeve; I found the metal piece (without its wooden darning mushroom) at an op-shop for $2, recognised it immediately and gave it a new lease on life. It makes darning socks so so much easier!
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It's been an evening of sock darning here at my little homestead.  One of my wool socks had an especially large hole in it.  I chose that one for my submission to this BB.  My repair yarn is wool as well.

I found one of the copper bowls I had in process out in my metalsmithing studio worked quite well as a form to work over.
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The sock with a large hole and my tools and materials.
The sock with a large hole and my tools and materials.
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The darning process part way through.
The darning process part way through.
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The process farther along.
The process farther along.
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The finished repair as seen from the inside.
The finished repair as seen from the inside.
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The finished repair as seen from the outside.
The finished repair as seen from the outside.
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To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- the hole in the sock before mending
- tools and materials you will use for the mend
- mending in progress
- the mended sock

This wool blend sock was a puppy casualty,  holes in the toe and heel from being played tug with :)   Only fitting that I use a dog toy as a form to hold the sock for mending!

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Note: no puppy toying with it anymore! Embroidery floss as darning yarn is expensive

 
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I've never mended socks before. Now that I've been working with real wool, I know how many hours go into prepping, spinning, dyeing, and knitting clothing. So now I will take the time to darn. Because a repaired sock saves hours and hours of work!! These socks were a gift. I tried to match yarn the best I could (farmers market alpaca) I'm not good at re-creating knit stitches yet. I'll get better the more I practice! I used an orange, yarn, needle, and scissors.








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a crotchet hook helped me hide my tails.
a crotchet hook helped me hide my tails.
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A merino wool sock deserves no less than a merino wool fix.
Orange was the closest-to-the-correct size yarn I had.
Luckily I care more about the fabric than the color :-)

After mending the hole, I also pre-repaired the heel which was obviously only 2 days away of becoming another hole!
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I just got these socks for Christmas and they already got a hole in them and I knew I should fix it before it unraveled worse. The darn is kinda wavy when it's not on my foot, but better than to tight. Also yarn darning is way different than thread darning. Way different.
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Torn up edge.
Torn up edge.
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First row.
First row.
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Second row.
Second row.
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Done.
Done.
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Inside out.
Inside out.
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I darned this hole in my sock with scrap cotton bracelet thread.
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Holey sock.
Holey sock.
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Start of mending.
Start of mending.
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Midway.
Midway.
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Hole-less sock.
Hole-less sock.
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I've been darning most sock holes but for a few where the entire heel has worn out I've used this technique of patching with the heel of a sacrificial sock, usually a lonely sock or a too far gone one. For this one I had no sacrificial heels left so tried a toe and it's worked beautifully. Stitched with cotton embroidery thread with a stitch that offers lots of stretch and movement. Initially held in place with pins, then a basting stitch, then two rows of this stretch stitch, one on the right side and one on the wrong side just because I liked the pattern it made. Patch secured, hole mended and owner happy!
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The missing heel (hole) and the toe of another sock to be used as the patch
The missing heel (hole) and the toe of another sock to be used as the patch
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Patch pinned in place and red cotton embroidery thread to be used
Patch pinned in place and red cotton embroidery thread to be used
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Basting stitch used to hold patch in place
Basting stitch used to hold patch in place
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First row of stitching done
First row of stitching done
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Two rows of stitching to secure patch
Two rows of stitching to secure patch
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Mended sock on its happy owner!
Mended sock on its happy owner!
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