Darning Store-Bought Socks with Hand-knitting Techniques

19 July 2023
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Darning: It doesn’t have to be reserved for precious handknit items. Those cozy store-bought socks that get you through the winters, but are now wearing thin? They can be mended too.

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My preferred method for store-bought sock reinforcement is a large-gauge duplicate stitch: a patch that looks like knitting but is sewn in with a needle. It will strike onlookers as high-tech and impressive, but actually, it’s easy—or will soon become easy with practice.

All photos by Keavy Martin.

Copyright © Keavy Martin except as indicated.
image description: a portrait of a white woman, wearing glasses; she is outdoors, dressed for winter, in a parka and hand-knit hat

About Keavy Martin

Keavy Martin (she/her) is an ex-English professor turned fibre millworker living in Edmonton, Alberta, courtesy of the ongoing legal agreement known as Treaty No. 6, and within Region 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. She thinks through textiles and fibreshed work, particularly mending, which she practices when not parenting or wrestling a pin-drafter at Qiviut Inc. You can view her various projects on Instagram @globe.thistle.

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