So I'm just I'm pulling the sock tight, and then I'm just simply sewing around the edge. Now you don't want to get too close because it's just going to cause that knit to just unravel. And I'm just pulling the thread just a little bit. You don't want it too tight because then it's going to cause unnecessary bunching.
So you can see, I've sewn all the way around the sock. Now the next step is going to be to use a cross stitch to pull that together and close that hole. So I'm just going to start at the top and you always sew the same way you read which is from left to right. And I'm just going to catch a piece of the sock. Now as you can see I'm doing this above or outside of that original perimeter that I sewed, and then I'm going to come and pick a little more right here. And then I'm just going to pull that together. Now I'm not doing it super tight just yet. I like to use the cross stitch as kind of my first pass to kind of get this together. So I'm coming back over, right, I'm pulling this together.
Now there's going to be bunching. But that's fine. And then again, especially if it's at the toe, if it was the heel I'd say maybe you'd want to be a little bit more careful. But if it's at the toe it's not going to create any type of discomfort to have a little bit of kind of a raised lip there. So again, just simple cross stitch, I'm inserting the needle from the right, picking up a little bit of a sock, taking it through and it's just creating a nice cross stitch like the same stitch that tailors use, behind a jacket, or actually the same stitch they used to sew on labels.
I'm pulling this in. And so you want to pull that top to just get that hole to close. OK. So I've taken that all the way through. Now, it's not the most beautiful needlework, I'm certainly no Bespoke tailor, but it's enough to close that hole and to make these socks wearable and prevent it from growing. So, I've gone all the way, I stitched all the way around, I did a cross stitch to pull it together and then just a simple slip-stitch to just kind of further reinforce that. Now it's time to close, to tie off the thread and to close this.
So I'm going to just loop through. Right here. And as you can see, I'm creating a loop with the thread. Just take the needle through that. And pull that tight right, and do this two or three times. I'm taking it through the sock, I'm creating a small loop, and then just take the needle back through that. And then one of the things I like to do, again, this is just all cosmetic. But in order to further conceal the kind of the detail of this thread I'll take it through here. And then I'll cut it, kind of right here. And then whenever you pull this back that tail just kind of disappears back into the sock, and then I'm going to cut this original where I started.
So as you can see this is completely mended now. And these socks are okay to wear again. In my experience, I mean I've been mending my socks for as long as I've owned them, and I've never really found any of my mending to be uncomfortable. And honestly I kind of find it is a little bit of a badge of pride. I mean I enjoy nice things. But honestly I don't mind being a little bit thrifty, and I think that mending your luxury dress socks is completely acceptable. Nobody is ever going to see this. And it allows you to get significant more wear out of a pair of nice dress socks than you would otherwise be able to get.
So now that we're finished I want to answer a few questions that we get often here at The Hanger Project. The first one is, "Is there anything that I can do to prevent holes from developing in my socks?" And the answer is absolutely yes. One of the largest causes of holes in socks, especially in the toes, are untrimmed toenails. Now if you have a toenail that isn't trimmed and that's too long, it's going to be basically sawing at your sock and that will cause holes to develop really quickly. Another thing is that oftentimes, if you've been sizing your shoes wearing a thicker sock, then if you go to a really fine dress sock, the shoes are too large. Right, because now you don't have all that space being taken up with a thick cotton sock. And so that can cause holes to develop also at the toe and at the heel.
The only other parting advice I'd like to leave you on sock care is to take a look on our website kirbyallison.com, we have an in-depth tutorial on how to launder your socks. Now the lifetime of a pair of socks can really be measured on how often you launder them, just like really any piece of clothing. And so we really do recommend specific care whenever it comes to laundering your socks. And you know it's not really covered in depth in this tutorial, but I'll just give you kind of the quick high-level overview. You know the most important thing is to turn your socks inside out, launder them only with socks, using light detergent on a delicate cycle. And then the most important thing you can do to really extend the lifetime of your socks is to never, ever, ever put them into a dryer. Always hang dry your socks, buy drying rack and hang them out to dry, because if you put a pair of socks in a dryer, that high heat is going to cause the elastic you know to wear out and ultimately lose its rebound. And then it always is going to degrade you know the integrity of the natural fiber used to knit the sock. So at all costs avoid the dryer with fine dress socks. So, that's it for a tutorial.
I'm Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project. If you have any questions about how to mend your socks using a darning egg, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. We always make a point to get back to our viewers. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. We're going to be releasing tons of additional videos on not just shoe care, but garment care. And then if you have any questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for joining us and I look forward to seeing you again soon.