I was gathering up all my plain socks when I discovered big giant gaping holes in some of them. Oh no!
It was time to fix some socks. Here’s a way to repair large holes in knit fabric.
Step 1: Gather your materials. You’ll need your sad sock, extra yarn (the one pictured is not the original yarn but pretty close in color), a darning needle, and 2 dpns (preferably in the size you used to knit the sock).
Step 2: Evaluate the hole. You’ll be re-knitting a patch to cover the hole as well as sewing a few stitches to either side, so you’ll need to cut a length of yarn long enough for this.
Step 3: Find the first row of stitches at the bottom of the hole that is complete and unbroken. Using a dpn, pick up the right leg of every stitch along this row. This is where you’ll begin adding fabric back to close up the hole.
Step 4: Leaving a tail, use the new yarn to knit across the dpn.
Step 5: Thread your needle and duplicate stitch a few sts into the old fabric along the same row you’ve re-created. Then move up to the next row and duplicate stitch back towards the edge of the hole.
Step 6: Turn and purl across the dpn.
Step 7: As in Step 5, Duplicate stitch a few sts beyond, and then back towards the hole.
Repeat steps 4-7 until you reach the top of the hole (without leaving a tail each time). Try not to entangle the cat in this process.
Pick up the right leg of every stitch in an unbroken line across the top of the hole with a dpn, just like you did for the bottom.
Graft the live stitches you’ve just knit to the live stitches from the top of the hole.
Weave in ends and enjoy your rejuvenated sock.
And here’s what it looks like on the inside. Ta-da!