Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

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February 14th is just around the corner so we're adding these little, easy 'Hearts' to our knitting. This technique can be used on any patterns and kits that use the stocking stitch. Who's to say this can only be used for Valentine's Day? Time to add this wonderful details to all your knittings at home.

Beginner's guide - How to create embroidery 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.

Step 1:

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.


Step 2:

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.


Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

Complete the stitch by inserting the needle in the same place where you started off.

You’ve now made one heart! 

Step 5:

Count two stitches left to find your next starting point. Repeat steps 5-6 to complete your string of hearts.


Step 6:

Finish by weaving in any loose tails at the back of your work.


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