Du­pli­cate Stitch

Creative Knitting - - UPCYCLE, REFRESH, RENEW -

This tech­nique is a clas­sic, of­ten used for adding names to Christ­mas stock­ings, for adding color in small sec­tions of in­tar­sia, and for “fix­ing” mis­takes in other types of knits.

With yarn threaded on a ta­pes­try or darn­ing nee­dle and the right side fac­ing, fol­low the path of the knit stitches over and un­der, tak­ing the nee­dle to the back to move it up, down or side­ways.

With du­pli­cate stitch you can cre­ate de­signs on ex­ist­ing fab­ric, al­low­ing you free rein to “draw” what­ever shapes you wish. Since its build­ing blocks are stitches, your shapes are some­what con­strained by their di­men­sions. For ex­am­ple, stock­inette stitch stitches are usu­ally wider than they are tall (e.g., five stitches but seven rows to the inch us­ing worsted-weight yarn).

The free-form shape at bot­tom right of the yel­low swatch is worked in yarn that con­trasts with the back­ground, but is ap­prox­i­mately the same thick­ness, or weight. The sin­gle-stitch “dots” of color to its left are a mul­ti­col­ored rib­bon. Be­low, on the pink swatch, a tiny pyra­mid of glitzy yarn wound with hues re­lated to the back­ground draw the eye.

Tech­niques in­clude du­pli­cate stitch, cro­chet and knit chains, couch­ing and weav­ing. El­e­ments in­clude beads (spun on the pink yarn), but­tons, stitch mark­ers on jump rings, rib­bon flow­ers, fringe trim from the no­tions counter.

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