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How to Darn a Sweater

Learn how to darn a hole in a sweater using this quick darning tutorial.


Darn a Sweater

Use an embroidery hoop to assist in darning a sweater.

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Sweaters can last generations, but those handmade sweaters of yesteryear (or even last season's purchase) can look worse for wear. The nature of knit material makes it difficult to simply stitch up a hole. To repair knits, you need to learn how to darn.

Darning is an old technique that is most often used to fix and reinforce holes in socks. With darning, you are actually weaving the yarn over the hole, creating a new patch that replaces the missing knit fabric.

Use this basic darning tutorial, How to Darn a Sock to learn how to darn. To apply this to a sweater, use a small embroidery hoop to assist you in darning instead of the wooden egg used with sock darning.

To darn a sweater, you will want to select a yarn that matches the sweater to better hide your handiwork. On the other hand, you could pick a contrasting color of yarn and go for a funky look.

You will need a darning needle for this project. This is simple an oversized needle with an eye large enough to fit yarn into.

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