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Knitting Tutorial: Duplicate Stitch

The duplicate stitch is the simplest, yet most intriguingly powerful trick in the knitter's finishing bag of tools. Whether your fabric is fraying, a hole has appeared, overstretched strands create unsightly gaps, or you just wish to embellish your knitwear with other pretty colors, this handy technique is the go-to option!

Here's how to work the duplicate stitch from right to left:
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Thread yarn into a tapestry needle and bring it up through the hole at the base of the "V" of a stitch.

Step 1: Skip the entire row and insert your needle, from right to left, through the whole "V" in the row above. Pull the yarn through, and you'll see that the strand veers up the row, following the right side of the "V."
Step 2: Insert your needle down into the same hole where you came up last time and bring it through the entire upside-down "V" to the left. This brings the strand down to cover the left side of the "V" and moves you into the set-up for the next stitch.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you have created duplicate stitches as far as you need to.

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To finish up, stop after Step 1; then, just insert your needle down into the hole where you last came up and weave in the yarn end on the wrong side.

Here's how to work the duplicate stitch from left to right:
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Bring your threaded tapestry needle up through the hole at the base of the "V" of a stitch.
Step 1: Skip the entire row and insert your needle, from left to right, through the whole "V" in the row above. Pull the yarn through, and you'll see that the strand veers up the row, following the left side of the "V."
Step 2: Insert your needle down into the same hole where you came up last time and bring it through the entire upside-down "V" to the right. This brings the strand down to cover the right side of the "V" and moves you into the set-up for the next stitch.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you have created duplicate stitches as far as you need to and finish off in the same way as noted above.

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