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Mar 1, 2023

The time is coming to start putting away heavy knits for the spring, and that’s got mending on our minds. Lee and Producer Andi discuss invisible vs. visible mending. Lee favors visible, using woven darning and contrast colors, and Andi prefers getting as close to invisible as she can using Swiss darning and color matched yarn. They also answer Stacey’s questions on mending.

Plus, hear about our hosts Lee and Stacey’s personal projects, Lee’s free new pattern she designed, and our latest eBook, Lounge Act: Knits for Kicking Back. 


Game Day Cardigans pattern

Lee's Game Day with patch pockets

Traditions Afghan pattern 

Block Party book 

Deep Winter Hat pattern 

Stardrift hat pattern

Blackwood Cardigan sewing pattern

Spumoni Hat free pattern

Felici yarn

Static yarn

Lee's any-gauge patterns

Lounge Act ebook

Happy Hours ebook

Voliere yarn

Seawaves Top pattern

Trellis Tee pattern

Swiss Darning tutorial 

Duplicate Stitch tutorial

Needle Felting Tool

Darning Loom Kit

Darning Mushrooms

Darning Egg

How to use a Darning Loom

Darning with a Mushroom tutorial

Darning Socks with an Egg

Hawthorne Multi yarn 

Katrinkles heart darning reel

Examples of embroidery as mending 

Examples of reverse applique and several other methods 

About Sashiko

Sashiko videos

Sashiko tutorial with pattern examples

Example of embroidery and whip-stitching around holes in knits

Scotch Darning (one method that uses Blanket Stitch)

Examples of decorative mends that use Blanket Stitch

Blanket Stitch in a circle to cover a hole

Example of mending with crochet

Some general visible mending resources:

Some general invisible mending resources:


0:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast

0:30 Lee finally finished last summer’s KAL project

2:20 Stacey has been working on a range of crafts. Pattern buying is a craft, right?

3:45 Lee released a new pattern for free.

7:55 We also have a new eBook called Lounge Act. 

13:02 Producer Andi joins our hosts Lee and Stacey to discuss mending.

15:18 Visible vs invisible mending on wovens and knits

19:33 Andi invisibly mends knits using duplicate stitch and Swiss darning. 

23:41 Lee visibly mends using woven darning.

28:51 Reinforcing around the patch with running stitches

30:50 Visible mending with embroidery and applique. 

34:00 Have a mending party! 

35:30 A purely hypothetical question on how to repair moth holes.

37:18 Making the hole a design feature using steeking methods. 

38:38 Crocheting a larger hole closed. 

40:15 Send us your mending questions so we can talk about it more!

41:30 Credits