My great grandma was quite the crafter. Even though that term probably wasn't invented in her day, she enjoyed many of the crafts I love now, including crochet, embroidery, hand stitching, and even tatting.
I have a few of her needlework tools, and my favorite is a glass darning egg. It's the one in the middle—isn't it beautiful?
Darning eggs might seem like they're obsolete, but they're just as useful as they ever were. They provide a solid, smooth surface for darning holes, reinforcing seams, or grafting toe stitches of handmade socks.
Learning to darn is an important skill that'll help you prolong the life of your knitwear.
Here's a darning technique method to use on thinning areas of your knitwear, particularly applicable to socks. Better to catch the thin area before it becomes an actual hole!
Fabric that is worn but still intact can be repaired with Swiss darning.
This technique works like a charm and is worth mastering.
To avoid thinning areas in your socks altogether, use darning thread when knitting. Add it to the heels and toes of your socks simply by carrying it with your working yarn when you knit these areas. If you notice your socks thinning in other areas, just add the darning thread there, too!
We carry lots of colors of Regia Darning and Reinforcement Thread, which provides just the right amount of strength without adding bulk.
So many colors of darning thread to choose from!
I hope this little lesson helps you lengthen the life of your beautiful handknits!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.