Little Lessons: Duplicate Stitch
Welcome to the color party! Today is all about adding extra colors to your knitting.
The beautiful Rosy Mittens from Field Guide No. 23 Glow use a joyous five colors in the Norwegian motif on the back of the hand but just two main colors on the palm. This poses us with a knitting conundrum: how do we work a row that uses five colors? By far the easiest way to handle this beautiful motif is to knit the mittens with just the two main colors and add the three contrast colors with duplicate stitch.
In today’s video tutorial I walk you through how to work the duplicate stitch embroidery. It’s really straightforward: you just have to follow the path of the yarn already in the fabric. Adding the accent colors in this way cuts down on ends to weave in, and reduces general fiddliness.
And even better, once you have mastered the technique, you can go to town adding colors to every project in your wardrobe. Duplicate stitch is freeing— you aren’t constrained to rows or rounds, so you can doodle your way across the fabric working up and down, to left and right as the whim takes you.
Video notes: If you are watching on YouTube, you can hover over the time bar to see the different sections of the video, which is handy if there’s a particular thing you want to re-watch. The video also has subtitles which you can display by clicking on the CC button.
I hope you will now be itching to thread a tapestry needle and duplicate stitch all over your knitting. (Duplicate stitch is also a great method for mending knits that are wearing thin.) Happy duplicate stitching!