I’m not quite sure how this old post ended up on my radar, but this guide to sewing a patch to cover a hole in a knit sock is timeless.
The tutorial, from Jackie E-S, shows how to cover up a hole by picking up stitches below the hole, stitching a patch that is attached to the sock as you knit, then grafting the patch onto the stitches of the sock below the patch.
It’s a really great idea and an easier way to do it than more traditional darning where you’re trying to re-create the lost stitches. It of course doesn’t look seamless — you might not have matching yarn by the time you need to fix a hole, anyway — but the odds are that a place that needs mending won’t show when you’re wearing shoes, anyway, and visible mending is kind of cool, too.
I haven’t been knitting socks long enough to have needed to fix holes in any of them, but I do have a pair that I think might need some reinforcement soon.
How about you? Have you ever mended a hole in a sock? How did you do it?
[Photo via Jackie E-S.]