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  1. Susanna
    Mar 31 - 2:09 am

    I posted a request on how to avoid these heel problems, as I had made socks for myself and wore them to ruin. I LOVED my socks and by the time I realized there was no heel, they were far gone.

    Thank you SO much for this video. You are totally awesome Liat!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:54 pm

      Hi Susanna, you are so welcome! I’m sorry I didn’t post this in time to help you save your favorite socks, but now you won’t ever have that happen again. Hugs!

  2. Janet
    Mar 31 - 5:00 am

    Thank you so much for this!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:52 pm

      You’re welcome, Janet! Thanks for reading.

  3. Rachelle Skinner
    Mar 31 - 6:10 am

    This is the best informative web site that I have ever come across. It is so well put together and I am constantly browsing through all of it for new and helpful hints. Keep up the good work. We do appreciate it.

    Rachelle

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:48 pm

      Wow Rachelle, thank you! That is exactly what I aim for every day. I’m so glad you’re here, and please don’t hesitate to let me know any suggestions you have for the site and how it could be better.

  4. Chuck
    Mar 31 - 6:25 am

    BRAVO!!!!

    That was absolutely AWSOME Liat. I have been using a different technique I learned from another YouTube video… The entire time I was watching your tutorial I was saying out loud OMG…OMG. Your instructions were so clear, and the video make it seem like you were right here showing me in person. But most important was the technique. It was genius.

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to produce such a helpful video. You rock!!

    Chuck :-)

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:47 pm

      Chuck, YOU rock! You make me so happy. Readers like you make me feel like it is so worth it and satisfying to study these techniques and film the videos for you.

  5. Marti
    Mar 31 - 6:35 am

    Liat,
    Thank you so much for this great video. My two favorite pairs of socks now have heel holes, and I know I have to fix them. Your video is the perfect resource, and I now feel ready to tackle the job. Your instructive videos are the best!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:45 pm

      Marti, I’m so glad this video came right when you needed it! You can totally fix your socks now. Post a picture of the mended socks in the forum or on the Facebook page if you like!

  6. Nancy
    Mar 31 - 6:38 am

    Thank you sooooo much Liat, I really needed this!!! I am wondering what will happen with the original loose ends of purple yarn? Won’t they keep unraveling when wearing the sock?

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:44 pm

      You’re welcome Nancy! That is a good point. I answered your question here.

  7. Lynn
    Mar 31 - 7:08 am

    Excellent Liat! What a wonderful lesson on duplicating the stitches so the repairs are not noticable and the clothing article is once again usable but . . , since this lesson was about ‘sock hole repairing,’ I don’t believe the tutorial was finished out. As a repaired sock, what do you do with all of the loose ends, both short AND long? With a stretchy sock, weaving ends may only cause the original hole to open up later on and you can’t possibly knot those ends; not on a sock – OUCH! Am I just making a mountain out of a mole hill and the weaving of the ends on a stretchy sock will suffice?

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:42 pm

      Lynn, I’m so glad you mentioned this – a few other readers had the same question (which means about 200 other people did too, but didn’t ask). I’m going to update the blog post with the answer, which is: just weave in the ends.

      Knitting is stretchy, and if you weave correctly, the yarn that you wove in will flex and stretch too. On a garment that doesn’t get much wear in one spot, like a sweater, I usually just leave the short ends. On a sock, if you want to make it really secure, you could unravel the rows a little bit more just to have enough yarn to weave in the short ends, too. You can refer to my knitting trick about how to weave in short ends if you try this.

  8. maak
    Mar 31 - 7:29 am

    Thanks for making this video. The repair is beautiful!

  9. Mary
    Mar 31 - 7:49 am

    Best. Video. Ever. Thank you SO much :D

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:37 pm

      Yay! You’re welcome! You are sweet. :)

  10. Mary
    Mar 31 - 8:08 am

    Wow – wonderful. Have just started knitting socks in the last year and have been wondering what in the world I was going to do when the heels gave out. Now I know. I also know that I am saving ALL my scraps from sock knitting for possible repairs in the future!! Thanks again!!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:36 pm

      Yes! Save a little bit of the yarn from every project if you can – it is so hard to match yarn later with something different. Now you can knit and feel secure that you can repair any hole if the socks get a little too loved. ;)

  11. Fiona
    Mar 31 - 8:55 am

    Another triumph Liat! This is such a clear guide to fixing socks – and doubtless other garments too. I can see that you must have put in hours of preparation to make sure that every base was covered. I’m now off on a mission to deal with all the holes in the house!!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:35 pm

      Fiona you are so sweet! I did really want to make sure I explained everything well, although from some of the comments here I see that I left out a few things. That’s ok! I’ll be updating the post soon. Let us know if you successfully mend a sock using the video! That would be so awesome.

  12. louise
    Mar 31 - 9:06 am

    SUPER —- FABULOUS —— YOU DID IT AGAIN. Oh how I wish I knew about this years ago when the sweater I made for my father got a small hole in it. I gave it to someone who told me they knew how to weave and make it magically disappear.
    WELL, IT DIDN’T, IT BECAME A SORE SPOT… ugly looking – and the eye went right to the spot. This method would have made it impossible to detect.
    Thank you Liat for always being ready to answer a need we have. To teach us something we are not event thinking we need to know about. This was like being in a room with you, and feeling that awe feeling of watching you make it look so darn simple. SO THRILLED I FOUND YOU. You are a blessing to us all. Love this newsletter that arrives… I keep looking for it. THANKS AGAIN… hugs from my heart to your heart. Louise

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:34 pm

      Louise, I’m so sorry about your father’s sweater – is there a chance you still have it? You could re-repair it, the right way…

      And you are so, so welcome. I’m glad I made it look simple! It’s quite a complex technique, and in a video that long, I was like, “Liat, you better explain this right the first time!” Haha.
      Thanks for the hugs and for your sweet words. YOU are the reason I make knitting videos. :)

  13. jan
    Mar 31 - 9:31 am

    Liat, I have not watched it yet, but as a new knitter and only so I can make socks, your videos are AWESOME!!!! You have taught me so much already that I will sit and watch this too… It’s just wonderful to get on here and when I need help you are right here. Thank you sooo much!!!!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:29 pm

      Jan, I am so delighted that I’ve taught you and helped you as you have questions on your knitting. That makes my heart so happy!

  14. Rosie Kessler
    Mar 31 - 11:11 am

    Talk about showing  the anatomy of a stitch and how to follow them and repair them! I’ve wondered about this since I started knitting This was extremely helpful and educational for me . You are the BEST ,Thank you so much sweetie.

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:28 pm

      Hey girl, YOU are the best! Big hugs!!

  15. Debra Perli
    Mar 31 - 11:46 am

    Thanks for this informative video. I now know how my late friend mended my sweater on a most memorable day when I needed it for comfort. You are amazing.
    One tip you probably know but didn’t use in the video is to fold the yarn in half and slide it off the tip of the needle, this makes it easier to thread the tapestry needle with a fuzzy yarn. Thanks again.

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:28 pm

      Hi Debra, it’s really a wonderful gift when you can repair a beloved handknit for someone. And thanks for the tip about threading the needle, that’s great!

  16. Ruth
    Mar 31 - 12:26 pm

    Fantastic detailed video, Liat! I do wish you had gone on to show jut one more missing row; I’m trying to visualize where, in relation to the purple yarn, I run my next piece of (in the demo, green) yarn. Does it go under, over, under, etc. just like the first missing row, or over, under, over, etc.? I have a sock hole with several missing rows. Thanks for a great video!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 11:01 pm

      Hi Ruth,

      This is a great question! I agree that showing one more row would have been better. I’ll update the blog post to include that. To do the second row, weave the next piece of yarn from right to left like you did the first one, but just switch the over-unders. Where you went over, go under, etc. Do this before you start using the crochet hook to re-knit the stitches. Get pieces of yarn woven over-under for each row that is missing except for the last one, and then start to use the crochet hook to re-knit the stitches.

  17. Deborah Jennings
    Mar 31 - 1:06 pm

    WOW This is great! I’ll bet that this can be used for several different things! Thank you so much for posting this for us.

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 10:58 pm

      Deborah you’re so welcome! I’m glad you came by to check out the tutorial.

  18. Pauline Stevens
    Mar 31 - 1:47 pm

    Very nice repair job, but what about the loose ends?

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 8:09 pm

      Silly me! I can’t believe I left that out. I think after recording 20 minutes of video my brain kind of went on the blink! You just weave in the loose ends just like on other knitting projects.

  19. Jane
    Mar 31 - 4:41 pm

    That is a super video – you make the best how-to’s I’ve seen on the web. I have the same question as several others – How do you secure those short little pieces of purple yarn? I’d be tempted to use fabric glue!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 31 - 8:07 pm

      Jane, this is such a good point! I need to add your idea to the blog post. I think fabric glue is a good idea, but it might be noticeable on the inside of a sock. I just leave the little short ends alone…

  20. Lorna Clark-Rubin
    Mar 31 - 8:17 pm

    Thanks so much, Liat.

    This was so clear.

    Now I’ll try repairing some mittens and scarves with moth holes using this technique.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 01 - 8:08 pm

      Lorna –

      You are more than welcome! I’m so glad that my videos are clear and helpful for you.

      Let us know how the mittens turn out!

  21. lindadee
    Apr 01 - 4:50 pm

    You have a grand teaching talent: hope you never stop. As an intermediate+ knitter I’ve been darning since “gammie” taught me @ around age ten 50 years ago, but your “stabilization” step & general refresher course was great. Several times ere this you’ve impressed me; this time I simply had to let you know.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 01 - 8:03 pm

      Hi Linda –

      This is so sweet. I’m so glad that your Gammie taught you when you were young and that my videos are able to give you a little refresher when you need it. :) Thank you so much for the sweet compliments!

      Happy Knitting. :)

  22. Marney
    Apr 02 - 12:47 am

    Loved this article I signed up for your video newsletters but have not received a confirmation email. Would this be because I am in Australia?
    Please clarify
    Marney

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 02 - 4:53 pm

      Hi Marney –

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the article. :) The confirmation email should get to you right away, no matter where you are. It may have gone to your spam folder. Can you check there?

      If you add knitfreedom@aweber.com to your address book, that will help our newsletter emails reach you. I’ll also email you so that we can make sure you get signed up.

  23. Debbie
    Apr 02 - 7:26 am

    You are a GENIUS! I only have one question: the little ends from the original sock were not very long. What did you do with them? Didn’t look like enough to weave in. Will they come loose later?

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 03 - 4:21 pm

      Thanks Debbie! I’ve never had a problem with the little ends coming loose, but you could unravel the hole a little bit more until the ends are long enough to weave in. This might work really well on socks. Your question is great – I’m going to update the blog post with the answer.

  24. Natalie Ford
    Apr 09 - 4:10 pm

    This was such a useful post and video! I have added a link to it on my website on the “Knitting Links” page so that a) I can find it again and b) my (many fewer than yours!) readers can also find it.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 09 - 6:22 pm

      Natalie –

      Thank you so much for sharing KNITFreedom with your readers! I love being able to help others learn about knitting. :)

      I’m also glad that this post was so helpful for you. It’s great to know a quick fix for your favorite knitted items, isn’t it? :)

  25. Barbie Brundige
    Apr 10 - 9:40 am

    Thank you so much for this video. I have a couple socks that need mending and I haven’t seen it done this way before. the only way I knew was making a woven grid to fill the hole but it doesn’t duplicate the knit stitches. I’m going to try it your way. If the hole were 4 rows, would you still do it the same way?
    thanks Barbie :)

  26. Nancy
    Apr 19 - 7:17 am

    I love this! You probably take out the purple stabilizing thread after you finish?

  27. Teresa M
    May 10 - 12:33 pm

    Hi

    I just wanted to let you know I shared this post on my blog. lileesgram.blogspot.com

    What a great tutorial! I will be using it soon too.

    Thanks so much

    Teresa

    • Liat Gat
      May 10 - 3:29 pm

      Hi Teresa –

      Thank you so much for sharing KNITFreedom on your blog. :)

      You are wonderful!

  28. Fran Hartman
    Aug 02 - 1:04 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your vast knowledge. However I live on a sailboat and travel. Most of the time we do not have a good Internet connection and I can not watch your wonderful videos- is there a way to buy a disk with them on it?? I really need the sock darning video-
    Thanks again for all your help.
    Fran
    S/V Cape St. James

    • Liat Gat
      Aug 07 - 5:07 pm

      I’m so sorry, Fran, I don’t have my videos on disc! It’s just too complicated to coordinate. If you want you can use a free video downloader service to download my videos when you are in port, and then load them on your phone or tablet or computer. Just Google “free vimeo downloader mac” or “free youtube downloader windows” or whatever you need for the system you have and the video you want to download (some of my older videos are on YouTube, the newer ones are on Vimeo). I hope that helps!

  29. lynn893
    Oct 05 - 12:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this fantastic video.

    Just wondering if you will consider doing one in the future showing 4 or 5 missing rows? ♥ Trust me, everyone would love it – it would show how you deal with multiple missing rows and their remaining threads, which is where I’m having the issue trying to repair my daughters socks at the ball of the foot.

    Many thanks for your attention to detail! ♥

    • Liat Gat
      Oct 10 - 7:32 pm

      Thanks Lynn, that is a good suggestion. You’re right – I should have shown more rows. But the first row I do follows the technique you would do for all missing rows except the very last. So you can repeat what I do on the first row and then on your last row follow along as I close up the gap.

  30. Cloudberry
    Dec 08 - 2:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this extremely informative video. I love the way you describe what you are doing and patiently describe and show how to do it. I just discovered a couple of moth holes in my favourite cashmere cardigan – part of a twin-set. With your help I have been able to figure out how to fix it – fortunately I had a spare thread in the exact colour.

    I have added your website to my blog to share the good news!

    • Liat Gat
      Dec 17 - 2:44 pm

      Ooh, how wonderful that you were able to fix your cardigan – yay! And thanks so much for adding a link to your blog – that really helps!

  31. Ruth
    Dec 13 - 6:40 pm

    At last I have found the missing leftover yarn for my favorite sock with the hole in it, located said sock, and found your wonderful tutorial again. I am so excited that I will be able to wear my favorite socks again! I see that there is another spot on the heel that is wearing very thin; should I cut out that section and do the same repair, or is it better just to reinforce it with duplicate stitch? And do you have a tutorial on how to do that too?

    • Liat Gat
      Dec 17 - 2:28 pm

      Hi there,

      I’m so happy you are going to be able to repair your socks! For the bit that is wearing thin, I would DEFINITELY do duplicate stitch instead of cutting out the weak spot. It will be so much easier! I don’t have a video on how to do duplicate stitch but it’s on my list because it’s such a great technique. Soon, soon!

  32. Susan R.
    Feb 19 - 12:49 am

    Brilliant! At first I thought, there’s no way I’m going to watch a 20 minute tutorial, but after starting it, the 20 minutes flew by. Entertaining, educational, and extremely informative! The only question I’m left with, is what happens if you have more than two rows to repair. I suppose you just repeat the weaving in and out and crochet hook to pull up loops?
    Rather makes me excited to get a hole in my socks so I can try this!

    • Liat Gat
      Feb 26 - 3:43 pm

      Thank you! I know – I can’t believe it’s 20 minutes long either, but I realized there was no way I was doing it over once I had started! Ha ha. You are exactly right on your question – just repeat the first steps again. I should have mentioned it in the video but I updated the blog post to answer your question more thoroughly – just look for the section marked “UPDATE.”

  33. Lisa Goldring
    Mar 01 - 2:28 pm

    This is a fabulous video and instructions. Let me tell you about a variation I made for a particularly challenging hole.
    I had a sweater that someone asked me to repair. Unfortunately, the hole was about 12 stitches and about 6 or 7 rows. And in the middle of the hole was a missing 4 over 4 cable. Plus there was some reverse st st pattern. I started using your method to clean up the hole, but it was too big and the pattern too complicated to continue with your method. So, I put the good stitches on a short dp needle, and started knitting the missing stitches with another dp needle. At the end of the hole, I snipped the yarn with a tail long enough to weave in. Then I started knitting the next row. I did this until the final row of missing stitches. At the end, I wove in the last row, like you showed in your video. It worked like a charm! Thanks for getting me started on this very challenging repair!

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 02 - 9:21 am

      Thank you so much for sharing your variation with us! Well done on such a difficult repair job.

      Keep up the great work.

  34. Arno Lowi
    Mar 26 - 7:04 pm

    Wow! Brand new socknitter, with some wool socks that need darning. I luckily happened on this site, and watched this brilliant video! I’m a convert! This was sooo clear, so informative! I learned not just how to reknit a hole, but I learned about the structure of a knit stitch. Thankkk you!

  35. Deborah Adkins
    May 16 - 11:14 am

    Thank you for the information. I have a pair that needs work and have been saving them until I figured out a good way to go about it. Will try your method as soon as I have time.

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