February 14th is just around the corner so we're adding 'Hearts' to our knitting - specifically a super cute mug cosy that we've paired with a Hey Ewe mug in a Wool Ewe Be Mine Mug Cosy Knitting Kit And Mug gift set.
So why not treat the crafter in your life this Valentine’s Day with a unique knitting gift or adorn other hand-knit items with embroidered hearts!
Duplicate Stitch is an embroidery technique that follows the direction of your knitted stitch. On items knit in Stocking Stitch a duplicate stitch across the 'V' stitches creates a 'heart' - the perfect embroidery addition for Valentine's Day knits.
With your work laid at right-side facing up, take the contrast yarn and thread onto a sewing needle.
Finding the first stitch as the starting point: Starting from the far bottom-right, count two rows up and one stitch in. This stitch (‘V’) is your starting stitch.
From the back-side of the work, take your sewing needle and bring it to the front of the bottom point of the starting stitch. Ensure you leave a tail of 6cm for weaving in loose ends.
Take your sewing needle through the second stitch up inserting the needle from right-to-left under the entire ‘V’ and pull the yarn through.
Complete the stitch by inserting the needle in the same place where you started off.
You’ve now made one heart!
Count two stitches left to find your next starting point. Repeat steps 5-6 to complete your string of hearts.
Finish by weaving in any loose tails at the back of your work.
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