How to Fix a Hole in Your Sock

by Contributor

Carefully insert a lightbulb (or another round, smooth object) into the sock where the hole is. This will give you a smooth surface to work on.

Items you will need

  • Darning Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Lightbulb (or other smooth, round object)
Step 1

Carefully insert a lightbulb (or another round, smooth object) into the sock where the hole is. This will give you a smooth surface to work on.

Step 2

Thread a darning needle with thread that's similar in color and weight to the fabric of the sock. Don't knot the thread.

Step 3

Trim the ragged threads around the edges of the sock hole, being careful not to make the hole any bigger.

Step 4

Imagine a circle (or oval) drawn around the hole in the sock, about 1/4 inch (6 mm) larger than the hole on every side. With your needle and thread, stitch around this circle using a simple running stitch, your needle piercing the fabric down, then up, about every 1/8 inch (3 mm). Complete the circle and add five more stitches (see A). Clip off the remaining thread.

Step 5

Rethread the darning needle with another length of thread (again, don't knot it). Starting at the top of the hole, just outside the circle you've stitched, make a series of vertical lines all the way across the hole. Where there is fabric, weave your needle through the fabric in a running stitch. Where there is no fabric, your thread will simply lie flat across the hole. Continue stitching parallel vertical lines all the way across the hole (see B).

Step 6

When you've covered the hole with vertical lines, make horizontal stitches, weaving your needle under and over the vertical lines you just made (see C).

Step 7

Once the entire area has been filled up, make another six or seven running stitches (simple up-and-down stitches) in the sock outside the darning area. This will hold the stitches in place.

Step 8

Clip off the remaining thread.

Tips

  • The thread you usually use for sewing is probably too thin for this task. Look for embroidery cotton or wool-nylon thread, which is more likely to match the weight of the sock fabric. For easier darning, do this repair when the sock begins to show wear but hasn't developed a hole yet.

Warnings

  • Don't pull your stitches too tight or the fabric is likely to pucker.