Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a special stitch to add embroidered elements to knit fabric. You can, of course, use traditional embroidery techniques with knitwear, but traditional stitches do not have the same stretchiness that knitted fabric has.
Enter the duplicate stitch. This is a stitch that essentially duplicates the knitted stitches, giving you the look of knitted color work. The stitch is easy to learn but can give you lots of creative options.
I started making my own knitting needles a few years ago. I had recently bought anadorable set of knitting needles with faces on them, but they were acrylic, which I tend not to enjoy for knitting. I decided to try making my own sets of adorable knitting needles, and, after a few tries and a bit of research, I had a method I really liked.
I have been trying to expand the types of base fabrics I use in my embroidery. However, my usual transfer method (blue water soluble pen) doesn’t work well with all fabrics, so I spent some time testing various transfer methods that work in different situations.
I have been trying to incorporate some new-to-me stitches in my latest embroideries, and I thought it would be fun to share what I'm learning, so I'm starting with a tutorial for the long-and-short stitch.
Today I created a new fabric pattern for my Spoonflower shop, and I decided to create a tutorial along the way. I have adapted this method of making repeating pattern tiles from information I've found at a variety of sources, so none of this reinvents the wheel, but it is my own little method that might help some other folks get into pattern design.