instagram pinterest twitter facebook rss

Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

Dupli­cate stitch is a really great way to add a colour-work motif to your knit­ting. It’s used as a quicker alter­na­tive to fair-isle, or to embell­ish a ready-made gar­ment. This par­tic­u­lar tech­nique mim­ics stock­inette stitch, and the plus side, you can eas­ily rip it out and start again with­out affect­ing the orig­i­nal piece.

How to Work Duplicate Stitch

Just be sure to count the stitches on your sam­ple, and on your colour chart, so you can posi­tion it where you want to.

I have a series of cute crit­ter colour charts to pub­lish soon, includ­ing Mr. Fox up there, so watch this space. I hope you find this useful!

  1. Jenni 16 December 2013, 12:32 am

    Oh I love this! I wish I could knit so I could actu­ally cre­ate it…perhaps someday :)


    • Jess 17 December 2013, 4:16 pm

      Don’t worry if you can’t knit, Jenni — you can still add these stitched motifs to a jumper you already own. You’ll just need to get hold of some yarn and a darn­ing needle. :)

  2. Laura 16 December 2013, 1:18 am

    Thanks for the clear tuto­r­ial! Mr. Fox is adorable — I’m look­ing for­ward to the pat­tern, as well as, your other crit­ters. Here’s to hop­ing you have a wolf pat­tern in the works. :)

  3. gemma 16 December 2013, 8:29 pm

    this is awe­some. Great for updat­ing a sweater in a not so per­ma­nent way. love it

  4. LaBaronneC 17 December 2013, 8:05 am

    thank you for this video !

  5. Kathy 18 December 2013, 4:05 pm

    That’s awe­some. Hop­ing to see a beaver.

  6. Jess 20 December 2013, 10:12 pm

    Oo a wolf and beaver — super cute — thanks for the sug­ges­tions, guys! I have lots of ideas for some other sets of colour charts, so I’ll have a play with these.

  7. Kacey 25 December 2013, 6:43 am

    this is really going to help me when I’m knitting!

  8. maggieacrossthepond 31 December 2013, 12:33 am

    Thank you so much for this tuto­r­ial, it is clearly explained so even I can fol­low it. I will be doing a lot of this in the future on my grandchildren’s jumpers. Love any­thing with foxes on it, but lookin for­ward to see­ing what else you come up with. Thanks Jess.

  9. Rosa 4 January 2014, 5:52 pm

    So cute! I’ve been look­ing for a fox pat­tern. Hope to see the chart soon. Thanks for posting.

  10. Zulema 5 January 2014, 2:22 am

    I made an attempt fol­low­ing your video and a chart I drew myself on grid paper. Thanks for post­ing the video!

  11. fabyrd 6 January 2014, 3:06 am

    would love the fox pat­tern.. Have two great nieces with the last name of FOX

  12. […] elbow patches to your favourite jumper? If you’re not famil­iar with the tech­nique, see my tuto­r­ial video on dupli­cate stitch here. (There are links to the video tech­niques in the pat­tern, too.) Or if you want to incorporate […]

  13. Laura 23 January 2014, 2:42 am

    I can’t fig­ure out how the row above begins once you fin­ish the bot­tom row. If you go right to left and you end up each time bring­ing the nee­dle through to the next stitch to the left, how to you end a row?

    • Jess 23 January 2014, 11:35 am

      Hi Laura! When you pass the nee­dle back through the hole you first came up (to cre­ate the left leg of the V), rather than com­ing up at the base of the stitch to the left, manoeu­vre it to come out at the base of whichever stitch you want to work next. This could be the stitch directly above, or diag­o­nally. I try not to skip too many rows to avoid long floats on the back of the work — but it’s fine to do if you don’t mind that. I hope that helps! :)

  14. Chris 7 December 2014, 4:58 am

    Thanks for the tuto­r­ial! I have added the fox face to the left side of my laven­der baby cardi­gan and a fox-tail to the right side. Photo added to Rav­elry knit­ting web­site under project name ‘Fan­tas­tic Mrs Fox’.

  15. Dot 9 December 2014, 4:27 pm

    I am late com­ing in on this, but I would so love a chart of a rac­coon head. Is there any chance of adding one to the group?

  16. Name 16 March 2015, 7:08 am
Submit comment