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Duplicate stitch

A clever way to introduce colour work to your knits. Get your sewing needle out, we'll show you how to.

Facts & handy tips

"Duplicate stitch (also called ‘Swiss darning’) is a technique for creating the look of colour work, but without the hassle of having to knit with multiple colours at once. Our favourite way of faking it! Tip: take a close look at the video to see where you need to insert your needle (it's often on the row above where you think it is)."

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Step By Step

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1.

Start by fastening your yarn at the back of your work.

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2.

Poke the needle through the right side of the fabric.

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3.

Pull the yarn through.

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4.

Insert the needle under both 'legs' of the stitch above it.

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5.

Pull the yarn through.

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6.

Insert the needle in the same place where you started and pull the yarn through.

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7.

WORKING SIDEWAYS: Insert the needle into the bottom of the stitch you're finishing and let it come out at the bottom of the next stitch.

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8.

WORKING UPWARDS: Insert the needle at the base of the stitch you're finishing off and let it come out at the bottom of the stitch above.

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9.

Repeat these steps according to your motif.

This is how you do it

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