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I think they're been done for maybe 5 weeks total, and DH already put holes (apparently large holes) in the heels of the boring as hell black socks I knit for him.<br><br>
Now the question is - do I try to patch it? Knit him another pair in a heavier weight? How the heck do I reinforce a heel? (I used a s1, k1 heel for these.) He has to wear black socks for both his jobs, and he really likes the feel of the hand-knit ones (can't blame him, I have mad skillz <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). I wonder if a WW wool would be too thick? Summer is allegedly approaching (freakin' upstate NY).
 

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I don't know - I have this happen every time I knit socks, no matter what I try. I now only knit them for wearing to bed on cold winter nights so that the heels and ball of the foot areas don't get holes in them so quickly!
 

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they make some kind of nylon thread that you can knit together with your yarn for the heel and toe areas. i bought it at my LYS. hth
 

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Is there a special term or brand for this thread? I'd love to check it out!
 

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the brand name of the one I am using is called Schoeller & Stahl. But it also says FortissimaSocka & Beilaufgarn on it. I found it at my LYS kinda in the needle section. I would say knit a new pair of socks and use the reinforcer. HTH!
 

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Something that was suggested on the HistoricKnit yahoo group was to use wooly nylon (you can get it at Joann's, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, your local sewing shop, etc.) as a reinforcement thread. It comes in a huge array of colours and is fluffy (it's a serging thread that comes on mini cones for those who don't know).
 

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You can also use buttonhole thread as a reinforcer. Another suggestion would be to use an afterthought heel and a reinforcing thread since the heel can be removed and re-knit easily. Lastly, you may want to work your socks at a tighter gauge since firner fabric is stronger.
 

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I've heard of knitting some thing nylon thread along with the yarn to reinforce.
 

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Ah, I suppose I should have included an "all of the above" option. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think I'll see about mending the existing socks with the needlefelt technique and knit all future pairs with a nylon reinforcer. Great suggestions, guys!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thanks.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thanks">
 

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Something else to consider: heavier weight socks will not get holes less quickly. When you knit w/worsted weight yarn, the space in between the "V"s is much larger than with fingering weight wool. It allows toes to wear holes through faster -- your best bet is to get a sock yarn with nylon and knit it at the smallest possible gauge.
 

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Definitly try an afterthought heel next time! Super easy and removeable.
 
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