Darning socks is something I’ve done since I was a kid. This was yet another weird thing I did that my mother thought was hilarious.
I understand there aren’t many of you that want to know how to darn a sock, 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 boyfriend’s socks. He has an unexplainable attachment to his favourite socks. They’re like blankies for his feet.
So in an effort to get even closer to my childhood dream of becoming a scullery maid, I darn his socks.
Thread in a colour similar to the sock
A tennis ball, light bulb or any other round object
A Sock with a hole in it
Place your sock over a tennis ball or lightbulb
(you can also just stick your hand inside the sock if you prefer)
Thread your needle
(I am using white thread just to make it easier for you to see what I’m doing in the pictures)
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)
Pull your thread through, leaving the knot on the inside of the sock.
With your needle, pick up one single stitch at the edge of the right side of your hole.
Pull your thread all the way through, without pulling it tight.
Insert your needle under a single thread to the left of the hole.
Pull your thread through without pulling it tight. You’re creating a criss cross pattern on TOP of the sock.
Continue this pattern moving from left to right.
Once you get to the top of the hole, gradually move your stitches closer together.
Gently start to pull the thread. This will close up the hole.
Insert needle back into the spot it last came out, picking up a thread or two.
Pull the thread almost all the way through, leaving a small loop at the end.
Bring your needle back around and stick it into the loop.
Pull the thread tight to create a knot.
Insert your needle at the top of the repair and let it come out about halfway down.
Pull the thread all the way through.
Snip the tail end of the thread off close to the sock with scissors.
(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)
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.