Don’t throw away that moth-eaten baby cardigan or holey pair of socks – mend them! Whether you’re a beginner knitter or an expert, basic repair skills are incredibly useful to have, and they’re easier to learn than you might think.
Find out how to look after your precious hand-knits and make sure they stay looking as good as new with the help of Tom van Deijnen, aka Tom of Holland. Tom is an expert in making and re-making knitted fabrics using traditional techniques. He’s the creator of the Visible Mending Programme, which promotes the art of clothing repair and encourages people to turn away from throwaway fashion and wear the clothes they already have for longer.
In this tutorial Tom shows you how to do a traditional stocking darn, which is suitable for small holes and thinning areas around them.
You will need:
- A darning mushroom (although you can easily substitute this with an old light bulb, a boiled egg, or a ladle).
- Darning yarn: make sure it is of similar weight or slightly lighter than the yarn in which the item to be darned was knitted.
- A darning needle: these are very long (around 8cm/3in), have a large eye and a sharp point.
Learn more about the Visible Mending Programme and Tom’s darning classes by visiting his blog, http://tomofholland.com.