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How to work a knitted on patch – a tutorial

A knitted on patch, a great alternative to darning.
A knitted on patch, a great alternative to darning.

This is my favourite way of dealing with holes in the soles of my socks, either worn holes of small holes caused by catching my socks on nails heads or uneven

surfaces.
It’s a really smooth patch, there are no lumps or bumps to irritate the feet and cause blisters and it can be fun to use contrasting yarns and colours. The finished patch mooves with the original f If you are covering a worn area make sure that you extend the patch into a sound area of knitted fabric.

You will need

  • 3 DPNs in a size smaller than the size used to work the original fabric.
  • Two DPNs in the size used to work the original fabric
  • Working yarn to knit the patch, this should be similar in weight and composition to that used to knit the original fabric.
  • A tapestry needle.
DPNs inserted into the stitches at the bottom, left and right of area to be patched.
DPNs inserted into the stitches at the bottom, left and right of area to be patched.
  • Using DPNs a size or two smaller than usual, pick up the right leg of the stitches along the bottom of the area that you want the patch to cover. Make a note of your stitch count.
  • Place a DPN up the left side of the area that will be patched. Place the DPN one stitch to the left of the leftmost stitch picked up by the DPN, pick up the right leg of every other stitch beginning with the row immediately above the bottom DPN.
  • Place a DPN up the right side of the area that will be patched. Place the DPN one stitch to the left of the rightmost stitch picked up by the bottom DPN, pick up the right leg of every other stitch beginning with the row, two rows above the bottom DPN.
  • You should have the same number of stitches picked up on eash side DPN, there right DPN’s last stitch should be one row higher than the last stitch on the left DPN.

 

 

 

 

Using working yarn, knit into the stitches on the bottom DPN
Using working yarn, knit into the stitches on the bottom DPN

 

  • Using working yarn and a DPN of the size usual for the yarn you are working with, knit across the stitches on the bottom needle.
  • From now on, use DPNs of the appropriate size for the yarn to work the stitches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit the first stitch picked up by the DPN on the left.
Knit the first stitch picked up by the DPN on the left.

 

  • Knit the first stitch picked up by the DPN on the left.
  • Turn your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purl across the working stitches and then purl the first stitch picked up by the other side DPN
Purl across the working stitches and then purl the first stitch picked up by the other side DPN

 

  • Purl across the working stitches.
  • Purl the first stitch picked up by the side DPN.
  • Turn your work.
  • You will now have two more stitches being worked than in the first step, this is the number of stitches that will be worked until the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit across the working stitches, stopping before the last one.Knit the last stitch and the first stitch picked up by the side DPN together.

 

  • Knit back across the working stitches, stopping before the last stitch.
  • Knit the last working stitch together with the next stitch picked up on the side DPN.
  • Turn your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purl back across the working stitches stopping before the last stitch, purl the last stitch together with the picked Up stitch on the side DPN.
Purl back across the working stitches stopping before the last stitch, purl the last stitch together with the picked Up stitch on the side DPN.

 

  • Purl back across the working stitches, stopping before the last stitch.
  • Purl the last working stitch together with the next stitch picked up on the side DPN.
  • Turn your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue following the last two steps working in one picked up stitch from the DPN at the end of each row.
Continue following the last two steps working in one picked up stitch from the DPN at the end of each row.

 

  • Continue following the last two rows working one of the picked up stitches on the DPNs at the end of each row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • All the picked up stitches have been worked
  • The live stitches must now be grafted to the stitches in the base fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graft the live stitches to the background fabric
Graft the live stitches to the background fabric

 

  • Cut the working thread leaving a length equivalent to around four times the length of the row, thread the end into the tapestry needle.
  • Graft the live stitches on the DPN onto the background fabric by using the working yarn to mimic the path of the thread in the stitches of the background fabric.
  • When you reach the end of the row, fasten off and weave in the loose ends

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished knitted on patch.
The finished knitted on patch.

 

  • Hooray :o) your patch is complete.
  • Wash, block and enjoy. :o)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted on patch collage

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