For simply fabulous darning results

  • Check that you are not leaving a hole or a flaw on the right side; two ends, at mid-row or at the edge, usually need crossing.
  • Leave yarn tails not shorter than 6in (15cm).
  • Darn up and down for anchorage. With slippery yarns consider darning the yarn a third time.
  • Unpick any knots or double stitches made when joining in yarn.
  • Avoid darning along edges that will be stretched and released whilst in use (such as necklines or waistbands). If darning is unavoidable, work at right angles to the edge.
  • Avoid darning in free edges.
  • Avoid unnecessary darning. In colour knitting, consider carrying the colours up the side of the work, or use woven yarn joins.

Classy clickers... know that darning must not show on the right side. Keep checking. Sometimes it helps to follow knobs or ridges, or darn each tail over its own colour.

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