With cold weather upon us, I’m pulling all of my sweaters and cardigans out for the season. Some are modern but many are vintage favorites that I depend upon year after year. Sadly, my favorite blue cashmere sweater has a few little holes in it! When it comes to knits, if you don’t fix a hole immediately, it will only get worse. Even tiny pin holes will be huge in no time so its always best to follow the old saying, “A stitch in time saves nine” and fix them as soon as you spot them.
Today, I’ll show you how to darn a hole. I’ve successfully used this technique on sweaters and dresses of all fabrics. Darning not only repairs a hole but makes the fabric around the hole stronger. You’re not just stitching it up, you’re rebuilding the lost fibers for a finish that’s smooth and completely unnoticeable. All you need is a needle and perfectly matching thread. For this tutorial, I will use a contrasting thread so you can see how its done.
Thread your needle, tie off the end and let’s begin
In darning, it’s important to begin your stitches slightly to the side of the hole., If any of the threads around the hole are weak, this will strengthen them.
Using a running stitch, work back and forth across the fabric horizontally, trying to match the fineness of the original fabric in your repair. In a knit, it’s easy to get it looking even but in a finer fabric, you may need a magnifying glass to re-weave the fabric.
When you get to the hole, don’t pull the thread tightly. Simply let the thread run right across the hole and continue your work on the other side.
When you finish your horizontal stitches, repeat the work vertically, turning your work if needed.
Weave your stitches in and out of the original fabric and the threads that you just stitched to create an even patch.
In the finished diagram, the white circle is the original hole and the arrows indicate two directions of stitches
the completed work is barely noticeable, even with bright orange thread!
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