Podcast Episode 318: Beyond Finishing – Mending and Embellishing
Sweater knit in Swish Rainforest Heather

Knits are meant to be loved and used which means that a knitter’s work is never truly done. Whether there are holes to be mended or you want to add some fiber flair to your project, Stacey, Lee, Alison and Hannah share some of their favorite ways to mend and embellish knits. 

First up, wool moths and kiddos mean our stacks of knits have some holes to be patched. Alison and Hannah discuss the different ways they mend well loved knits. Listen in to learn about needle felting, darning eggs and the ongoing debate about visible versus invisible mending.

Next, Stacey and Lee come together to share their favorite ways to add embellishments to finished projects. Adding duplicate stitch or a crochet edging can bring new life to a second hand garment or spice up an otherwise plain piece with bold motifs. Want to add pockets? We talk about that too!

As always, happy knitting!

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Mentioned in this Episode:

Sock Darning with Duplicate stitch
Wool Roving
Felting Needle
Darning Needle Set
Darning Egg
Bent Tip Tapestry Needles
Embroidery Hoop
Crochet Hooks
All things Crochet
Pallet Yarn
Pom Pom Maker
Duplicate Stitch project in-progress
Lee’s thrifted cardigan with knitted-on elements
Crochet chain into eyelet holes
How to add crochet edging to not-knit fabric, by Cal Patch
Some beautiful embroidery on a sweater (with moth holes) on Pantsville Press
Some embroidery Lee did onto sweater fabric


0:00 Introduction with Hannah
1:03 Hannah and Alison discuss mending
13:07 Lee and Stacy talk embellishing
29:57 credits


  1. Leslie / August 19, 2020

    Just catching up on podcasts I missed. This was great gals! Reminded me that I have a couple of hand knit sweaters I picked up at a thrift store that I wanted to fix up (just have to find them). I, too, love visible mending. Keep up the good work. Your podcasts are so relaxing and they make me want to create.

  2. Jo / June 20, 2020

    Will be better with transcripts

  3. Lola / April 2, 2020

    English is not my mother tongue, so if you add transcripts it will be comfortable listening the podcast.
    Thank you

    • Nancy Gillard-Bartels / June 13, 2020

      I’m going to take a listen, but after reading the comments I’m going to say upfront – I really do not like music in podcasts and YouTube videos. Here’s hoping.

  4. Evie / April 2, 2020

    If you give us transcripts, I’ll read them. I don’t have time to listen to podcasts, and I remember more of what I’ve read than what I hear.

  5. Amy / March 31, 2020

    with the music playing in the background, it is very very hard to hear what you are saying.