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Repair Small Holes in Sweaters and Socks

Martha Stewart Living, January 2011

Repair small holes in sweaters and socks by following these simple steps.

1. Place a darning mushroom or egg under hole for support. Create a vertical running stitch, starting 3/8 inch to the side of hole and extending 3/8 inch above and below it. Space rows as close as possible, staggering stitches as you work. Once you reach the hole, pass yarn over it and stitch for another 3/8 inch. Change direction, and continue; repeat until hole is covered vertically and stitches extend 3/8 inch past it.

2. Repeat horizontally; cover hole by weaving horizontal threads through vertical ones. Finish by weaving the end of thread into garment until hidden, then snip it.

Comments (2)

  • Sudsyandme4ever 21 Jan, 2014

    "Man"...To stagger as when you've drunk too much and are walking back and forth yet forward. Get it?

  • drbrucehoag 13 Jan, 2014

    Being a man, I don't always understand the terminology. What do you mean by "stagger"?