17 Sep

duplicate stitch tutorial

How to work duplicate stitch

Duplicate stitch is a versatile way of adding a colored decoration to an otherwise plain piece of knitting. This is done by embroidering a contrast color over the V’s of the knit side of stockinette stitch knitted fabric, duplicating the stitches that are already there. You can apply a design freehand, or use a charted design. When using a chart, every box represents a stitch.

To start, thread the yarn through your darning needle and determine where to start the duplicate stitching for optimal placement of the design.
1. Pull the needle through the bottom of the first stitch, from the back of the fabric to the front, making  sure to leave a tail long enough to weave in ends later.

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2. Insert the needle from the right to left through both loops of the stitch above.

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3. Insert the needle down through the bottom of the stitch again, this time from the front of the fabric to the back to complete your first duplicate stitch.

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4. Repeat 1 – 3 as required. Try to keep the tension the same as in the knitted stitches underneath.

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