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Swiss Darning (Duplicate stitch)
Horizontal swiss darning
Swiss darning is an embroidery technique used
especially for knitted fabrics. It
can travel both vertically and horizontally.
Swiss darning is sometimes called 'Duplicate Stitch',
because the way the embroidery
is applied to the knitting 'duplicates'
the stitch structure.
Use a tapestry needle threaded with a contrast
yarn of the same weight as
the main knitting. The idea is that the contrast
yarn should cover the underlying
stitches, so a lighter weight yarn won't achieve
the effect. A heavier yarn will
make your embroidery bulky.
Swiss darning is also a really good method for
correcting mistakes on patterned
Just follow the diagram above for perfect results every
time but beware - swiss
darning can become very addictive!
Cross stitch charts can sometimes be used as guides for
swiss darning but 'pictures' may look 'squashed' when finished
because knitting stitches aren't square!
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