Mending: Woven Darning

Mending: Woven Darning - Supplies
A hole showed up in your beloved sweater or socks? Use a woven darn to fill the hole and prevent it from getting bigger.

Holes in knitted items are tricky because if you don’t catch them quickly, they can run (like getting a run in your stockings) – which makes them spread and grow with lightening speed. There are a few methods of mending a hole like this, but in this case we are demonstrating a woven darn. We recommend mending the hole as soon as you catch sight of it. If you are out and about, remove the item and put it in a safe place where nothing might tug it and make it bigger. If you can’t remove it, do your best to avoid any pulling or tugging on the area.

Supplies:

  • Sweater with a hole in it
  • Darning Egg or Mushroom (wood objects to place underneath while darning, for support)
  • OR a lightbulb or small mug can do in a pinch.
  • yarn or thread (we used a contrasting colour because we love the Visible Mending look, but use a matching or similar yarn if you want your darn to blend in)
  • Darning Needle (a thick, not sharp needle with a big eye for threading fat yarns)
  • Scissors
Step 1: Turn Inside Out and Stitch From Inside Garment
Mending: Woven Darn - Turn garment inside out and stitch across from the inside
Mending: Creating a Woven Darn – Step 1 – Stitch across the hole from the inside.

Turn your garment inside out and position your darning support (darning egg, darning mushroom, small mug or light bulb) beneath the hole. If you like, you can use an elastic band to secure the fabric around the support to keep it from shifting.

Thread your darning needle with a length of yarn. Leaving a tail a few inches long (instead of a knot), take stitches across your fabric back and forth in parallel lines across the hole, making sure to catch enough of the stable knitting on either side of the hole to keep your stitches secure (for this small hole, we tried to take 1cm or 1/2″ on either side of the hole, but for a larger hole, you made need to make your base stitches on even more.

This is what the garment should look like after you have completed your rows of parallel stitches:

Mending a Woven Darn: making parallel rows of stitches over the hole from the inside.
Mending: Creating a Woven Darn – Step 1 – Making parallel rows of stitches over the hole from the inside.
Step 2: Stitch Across Hole From Other Direction, Weaving In & Out of First Rows of Stitches
Mending a Woven Darn: Weave In and Out of First Rows of Stitches
Mending: Creating a Woven Darn – Step 2 – Weave In and Out of First Rows of Stitches

Turn and go back and forth across the hole from the other direction. As you go, weave under and over the yarn from your first rows of stitches. Make sure that if you went “over, under, over, under” on the first row, that you are doing the opposite on the next row. Continue until you have gone past the hole on all sides, making sure to still catch plenty of the surrounding stable fabric to give support to the new fabric you are weaving.

This is how it should appear after you are done step 2:

Mending: Woven Darning - Step 2 Completed with a new woven fabric over the hole.
Mending: Creating a Woven Darn – Step 2 – Completed Weaving

 

Step 3: Weave in Ends of Yarn
Mending: Woven Darn - Weave In Ends
Mending: Creating a Woven Darn – Step 3 – Weave In Ends

Thread the loose ends of your yarn back onto your darning needle and weave them into the new woven fabric to secure them.

Now you are done! Flip your garment back to the right side out and wear your new mending with pride!

Mending: Woven Darn - Final Product.
Mending: Creating a Woven Darn – Final Product.
Mending: Woven Darn - Final Product.
Mending: Creating a Woven Darn – Final Product.

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