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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

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, OUT NOW, including Mr. Fox up there. I hope you find this useful!

Click here for the Knitty Critter pattern.

  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. 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! :)

  13. 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’.

  14. 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?

  15. Christine Maerz 10 April 2016, 5:34 am

    Have u published the critter color charts? If so, how can I get a copy

  16. Jess 11 April 2016, 10:05 am

    Hi Christine, yes they’re available now in my shop – I’ve edited to add the link above. Thank you!

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