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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

Knit-stitch darning (sometimes called Swiss darning) is a method of repairing holes in knitted fabric by recreating the knit stitches with a darning needle. For this badge bit, you will mend a hole using this technique.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- must be knit fabric
- must be a truly invisible mend - not obviously visible from 3 feet away

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
 -  the hole in your knit fabric, darning needle, and repair yarn
 -  your darning in progress
 -  your mended fabric


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Articles with more information:
- What is invisible mending?
- Invisible Mends One Pair of Hands
- Repairing Knitwear Knitty.com
- How to Repair Holes in Multiple Rows of Fabric Part 1
- How to Repair Holes in Multiple Rows of Fabric Part 2
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I absolutely love this cardigan and it has already been fixed a number of times by me, I'm always wearing the elbows out as I work at a desk all day.

Here are my pics. My finger is right below the repair in the last pic.
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Pic of the hole
Pic of the hole
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Materials to fix it
Materials to fix it
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In progress from the wrong side, about to darn in the ends
In progress from the wrong side, about to darn in the ends
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Pic from the right side all done - invisible!
Pic from the right side all done - invisible!
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Dave Burton approved this submission.
Note: I hereby verify this BB as complete! Congrats on being the first to complete this BB!!!

 
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Edge case submission
Did 2 fixes tonight, but neither one quite fits the requirements.

For the scarf, I forgot to take an in-progress photo.
For the sweater, the yarn I had didn't match the colour so it's not an invisible mend.
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scarf with materials
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scarf mended
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sweater in progress (wrong side)
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sweater with materials
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sweater mended
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Someone flagged this submission as an edge case BB.
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Note: The repairs look good but do not meet the BB requirements.

 
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I made this skirt over a year ago.  This is the first time it has needed mending.   Made of wool and linen,  it bucks hay, rides horses and tolerates the washing machine like a champ.

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File size: 34 megabytes
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Someone approved this submission.
Note: I certify this badge bit complete.

 
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Discovered a hole in the front of my favorite cardigan, so invisible mending was the obvious choice. I used a tapestry needle and some black wool yarn, but I ended up unraveling the yarn into a single strand to match the width of the yarn in the cardigan. I've never done a knit-stitch darn before, but it didn't take too long to get the hang of it and I'm happy with the results.
hole.jpg
The hole in my cardigan, plus the yarn and needle I used to fix it.
The hole in my cardigan, plus the yarn and needle I used to fix it.
ladders.jpg
Vertical "ladders" done - it's significantly less visible already.
Vertical "ladders" done - it's significantly less visible already.
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Starting the actual knit stitches.
Starting the actual knit stitches.
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Finally getting the hang of it.
Finally getting the hang of it.
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The darned hole - a little lumpy around the edges, but not bad for my first time trying this method.
The darned hole - a little lumpy around the edges, but not bad for my first time trying this method.
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The front of the cardigan as seen from about three feet away, with a practically invisible darn.
The front of the cardigan as seen from about three feet away, with a practically invisible darn.
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Megan Palmer approved this submission.

 
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Fixed this hole in a beloved sweater.
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Paul Fookes approved this submission.
Note: I certify this BB complete. Beautifully executed

 
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