Filed Under (Knitting, Socks) by jennyk on 01-02-2007

I noticed yeserday that the top of the heel flap of one of my favourite socks had worn very thin, with only the nylon remaining in some places. I checked the other 3 similar socks (I’d knitted 2 identical pairs around the same time) and found 2 of them had the same problem.  I also checked the toes and found the two right socks were both badly worn over the top of the big toe nail. 

I checked my notes and realised they are over 10 years old. That’s not bad for socks which have been worn a lot, but as I said, these are my favourite socks, in Fortissima Cotton Colori, and I wasn’t ready to give up on them yet.

As the nylon was holding the shape of the stitches, I decided to duplicate stitch over the thin area, working from the inside of the flap so it wouldn’t show much on the outside:

 darned heel

 The patched area felt much thicker than the rest, quite lumpy, so I was afraid it might rub against my heel, but I wore the first sock yesterday when I visited my mother in hospital.  That was quite a bit of walking and I couldn’t feel any lumpiness at all, and it will soon flatten out with wear.  I’ll do the other thin heel areas over the next few days

This morning I tackled one of the toes.  It seemed easier to reknit the toe than to patch it.  I snipped just below the toe shaping, then ripped back to the first non-shaping round, putting the stitches onto dpns as I carefully tinked the final round.  These socks were knitted toe-up, but converting increases to decreases so I could knit the replacement toe top-down was no problem.  You can see the change in colour and texture of the yarn at the top of the shaping, but after a few washes the difference won’t show.

replaced toe



Opal on 2 February, 2007 at 1:48 am #

Congratulations on a successful sock surgery!

CarolP (aka knitnmom) on 2 February, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

Lovely “redo” on the socks. Socks are like old friends. Sometimes you come across a pair that you haven’t seen for, oh, seven years or so and you say “hey, didn’t I used to chat with you on #knitspin?” Wait, I think I skipped right through that metaphor. Anyway, it’s lovely to see your work. I stumbled across Cheryl’s blog, found your link (and also Opal’s thanks to her comment). Drop me a line.

Shell on 4 February, 2007 at 7:47 pm #

You do great sock surgery! I keep saying i need to get some more socks done for me – but still working on the large black one.
I love how it matches perfectly to the older part, how much of the leftover yarn did you have?

jennyk on 5 February, 2007 at 6:08 pm #

Thanks for the nice comments. Shell, I had quite a lot left as I have narrow feet. There was enough to do a proper heel repair to the other pair (see the next entry) and there is still plenty more.