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Darning Methods: Scotch Darning

Scotch darning is a darning method that is essentially weaving. It can be used to repair just about any type of fabric, but we’ll be looking specifically at knitted fabric here (of course.)

The hole or damage can be an irregular hole, and not much prep needs done before the repair happens. You can clean up any frayed yarn if you want, but you wouldn’t need to.

Use the same project yarn (if you want the repair to blend in) – but be aware that this will cause some bulk. To reduce bulk, use a yarn that is in a thinner weight than the project yarn. Find a similar color to try to blend in, or go for full-on decorative and use contrasting colors!

I like to anchor the repair by working the repair in stable fabric surrounding the hole. I begin below the hole (and since I’m right-handed, on the right hand side). I work the horizontal lines first – at least one per row of stitches, preferably more. Then I work the vertical lines, weaving them into the horizontal lines. Again, I work at least one column per column of stitches, preferably more. The fineness of the original gauge kind of determines what number of rows and columns are needed in the repair.

Some items of note:

  • This repair is not stretchy, and will not match the give that the original knitting had
  • This repair will also not match the knitting, and may be obvious
  • It’s a very sturdy repair form, though, and is a good option for high wear spots such as sock heels

Here is a video tutorial:

I hope this was helpful! I will have a post and video on Swiss Darning as an alternative mending technique next week.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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Short Rows: Japanese Short Rows

This will be the last in this series for the time being. This week, I look at Japanese short rows.

This method looks really nice in stockinette stitch. In part because of the slipped stitch, and in part because of the minimal yarn used in the “wrap”. Marking the thread but not wrapping keeps that loop really small.
It’s fiddly to work, though- and you’ll need removeable stitch markers or bobby pins (or scrap yarn) to mark the working yarn at the turning locations.

I hope these short row videos have been helpful!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Short Rows: Yarnover Short Rows

This week we will be looking a yarnover short rows. These are easily substituted for wrap and turn short rows. They aren’t too tricky once you get the hang of making the yarnovers, but hiding the yarnover can be a little tricky.

Here’s a video showing how to work these:

I don’t use these very often – I find wrap and turn to be easier, but they are another option!

Next week we’ll look at the last in this series for now – Japanese short rows.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

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Short Rows: Shadow Wrap Short Rows

Today we’re looking at another short row technique – shadow wrap short rows, also called mother-daughter, or twinned stitch, short rows.

I really like these, especially for sock heels. (As long as there are a few full rounds worked at the heel between the two wedges. It gets too bulky working the next wedge right after the first wedge otherwise.) It’s easy to see where your short rows are, since the twinned stitches are easy to see on the needles, and it’s super easy to resolve them.

Here is a video showing these:

I hope this was informative!

Next week we’ll look at Yarnover short rows.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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Short Rows: German Short Rows

This week we’ll look at German short rows. I really like this technique, because it’s easy to perform, easy to see where your short rows are, and easy to resolve the short rows. It isn’t always the best choice for a particular fabric, but when I’m not extremely concerned about the look of the fabric (at sock heels, for example) they tend to be my go-to short row method.

Here’s a video showing how they are worked:

I hope this was helpful! Next week we’ll look at shadow short rows.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!