Saturday, 17 October 2015

Knitted Sock Heel Repair


I should have known better than to wear soft, fine merino and alpaca wool hand knitted socks with hiking boots. Very soon the fine wool was worn away and holes appeared. As these were a favourite pair of socks I thought about making a repair using the darning method. I confess, I've never repaired a pair of socks. Therefore, I did a quick search for darning instructions. While browsing various methods I came across a knitted heel option which looked so much better than a darning patch. The following images give you the basic idea behind the method. I won't repeat the instructions here as they are quite lengthy, not for the fainthearted. The method can be found at Lupinworks.com Replacing a sock heel.

I'm pleased with the finished result and won't be wearing these socks in hiking boots anymore!
 




1. Picking up stitches


2. Cut out old damaged heel and unravel old rows.

3.Pick up stitches on needles

4. Knit the heel flap and turn the heel.



5. Finished heel






3 comments:

  1. Impressive result, and I like the colour contrast, but it does look complicated!
    I have darned many a sock in my time, with the help of a wooden 'darning mushroom' inherited from my grandmother. The mushroom fell victim to Bertie in his puppyhood chewing phase, but only the 'stalk' was damaged so it's still functional.
    Cheers! Gail.

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  2. I can see why you wanted to keep those lovely socks :)

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  3. How very clever are you!!! The socks have been redone and so
    neat. They must be a favourite pair. lol Thanks for the tip.
    Cheers, Anita.

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Julia