What is a Darning Needle?

Darning needle and yarn, close up

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A darning needle is simply a really large big needle. It isn't very sharp, and has an eye on it that is large enough to thread with yarn or embroidery floss. There are a few sizes of darning needle.

Use a large one if you are repairing a sock that has been made with a thick yarn, like one that someone hand-knit for you, or comfy winter socks. For the thinner, store-bought socks (like those favorite argyles that you just can't toss out) use a smaller needle.

Need some advice on darning socks? Check out our this photo tutorial on repairing socks with a darning needle.