How to Darn a Sock in 3 Minutes.

Wait!  Don’t throw out your favourite pair of socks just because they have a hole in them.  With a needle, thread and you can fix them in about 3 minutes.  How to darn a sock …

Black sock with white thread sewing it up.

Darning socks is something I started doing when I was a kid.  It was one weird thing in a long list of weird things that interested me. My mother, who had fun making her own hats, bras, porcelain dolls, clothing, stained glass, folk art,  and wool washing soap  – thought my sock darning habit was ridiculous.  Which makes no sense.  Mind you, neither does having to turn down the radio in the car if we’re not sure of where we’re going, yet here we are. Sometimes thing just don’t make sense. Like having a child who dreams of living in the basement of Downton Abbey.

I understand there aren’t many of you that want to know how to darn a sock, (a term I’m using loosely) but if you have a favourite pair and particularly long toenails, it’s something that might interest you.

Most of the sock darning in this household is done on my pajama socks.  The big, ugly, cushy socks I like to wear instead of slippers.  I have an unexplainable attachment to these socks.  They’re like blankies for my feet.

So in an effort to get even closer to my childhood dream of becoming a scullery maid, I darn my socks.

Again, I’m using the term darn loosely. Darning involves weaving thread so it mimics fabric.  What I’m doing here is sewing up a sock the same way you’d sew together a sweater. It’s a technique that is close to invisible and doesn’t leave a big lump in the sock which would be annoying on the bottom of your foot.

How to Darn a Sock.

You’ll need:

Thread in a colour similar to the sock

A tennis ball, light bulb or any other round object

A needle

A Sock with a hole in it

Step 1 – Place your sock over a tennis ball or lightbulb
(you can also just stick your hand inside the sock if you prefer).

Black sock with hole stretched over yellow tennis ball.

 

Step 2 – Thread your needle
(I am using white thread just to make it easier for you to see what I’m doing in the pictures)
White thread, threaded through sewing needle.


Step 3 – Tie a knot in the end of your thread then insert needle on the inside of sock.

(this way your knot will be on the inside of the sock. There are other more complicated ways to start your line where you have no knot at all, but I’m keeping it simple here)

 

Black sock over yellow tennis ball to darn a sock.

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Step 4 – Pull your thread through, leaving the knot on the inside of the sock.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.

 

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Step 5 – With your needle, pick up one single stitch at the edge of the right side of your hole.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.


 

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Step 6 – Pull your thread all the way through, without pulling it tight.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.

 

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.

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Step 7 – Insert your needle under a single thread to the left of the hole.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.

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Step 8 – Pull your thread through without pulling it tight.  You’re creating a criss cross pattern on TOP of the sock.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.


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Continue this pattern moving from left to right.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.

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Step 9 – Once you get to the top of the hole, gradually move your stitches closer together.

 

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread in criss cross pattern.

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Step 10 – Gently start to pull the thread.  This will close up the hole.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Thread being pulled to tighten stitching.

 

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread being pulled to tighten stitches.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Thread is pulled tight to close up hole.

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Step 11 – Insert needle back into the spot it last came out, picking up a thread or two.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Finishing mend by making a knot.

 

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Step 12 – Pull the thread almost all the way through, leaving a small loop at the end.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Finishing mend by making a knot.

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Step 13 – Bring your needle back around and stick it  into the loop.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Finishing mend by making a knot.

 

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Step 14 – Pull the thread tight to create a knot.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Finishing mend by making a knot.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Finishing mend by making a knot.

 

 

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Step 15 – Insert your needle at the top of the repair and let it come out about halfway down.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Finishing mend by making a knot.

 

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Step 16 – Pull the thread all the way through.

Black sock over yellow tennis ball being darned with white thread. Finishing mend by making a knot.

Black sock darned to close up hole from wear.

 

 

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Step 17 – Snip the tail end of the thread off close to the sock with scissors.

Snipping threads on black sock, darned with white thread.

 

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Done!

(remember you can see the seam on this sock because I used white thread to make it easier for you to see … use the appropriate coloured thread and it’ll be invisible)

Black sock darned to close hole.

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Now here’s the funny part.  These socks are so worn out … I’ve decided to finally chuck ’em.  By the time you read this post, they’ll be gone.

Speaking of which, I just remembered it’s garbage night. A scullery maid’s work is never done. Darn it.

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