Enjoy a Free Knitting Pattern this week for the Harmony Blanket Knit A Long! I made a duplicate stitch style square for my blanket square.
Have you heard about the wonderful Harmony Blanket Knit Along? It’s hosted by my lovely friend Marie of Underground Crafter, and sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. Today is my my turn! I’m pleased to share with you my contribution to the Harmony KAL. This is a free knitting pattern and tutorial I designed using Vanna’s Choice yarn supplied to me from Lion Brand Yarn.
I design a lot my my knitting patterns using their yarn, so I’m excited to have a chance to make a pattern exclusively for them! I think they make really good, all purpose yarn. Thank you Lion Brand for sending me the lovely yarn, and thank you to Marie for having me along as part of this fun KAL.
I went for something a little bit different with my pattern. I wanted to explore duplicate stitch. I absolutely love that duplicate stitch let’s you place a design right in the middle of your knitting. So it’s fun and easy to transform a blank slate of stockinette fabric into something as complex or as color blocked as you like. You do need to take a little time starting your first stitch in just the right spot. And you need to have a well lit area to work so the “little v’s” of the fabric don’t get too confusing. That’s the tricky part! The little v’s can start running together so being super clear on your row and column is critical to being successful with this technique.
The best practices for having success in duplicate stitch are:
- Have a well lit space to work and a table top is also helpful.
- Take your time and don’t rush! This is an embroidery technique so neat stitches make the prettiest project.
- Don’t pull too tightly. The stitches lay on top of the original knitting and you want the fabric to retain it’s stretch and drape.
- If the design is a large block, don’t try to do the whole pattern in one strand of yarn. Expect to use two to three for the best result.
- Manage your ends on the back of the project so it’s nice and neat when you are finished.
- This is as much an embroidery and hand sewing project as it is a knitting project, so be in the right mindset.
First thing you’ll need to do is to knit the actual blanket square. Here’s the free knitting pattern to make yours.
- Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- Two skeins Vanna’s Choice yarn. I used Seaspray Mist (green) and Rose Mist (pink)
- Size 9US Knitting Needes
- Tapestry Needle
CO 25 Stitches using the long tail CO method
- Border Row 1: K to last st, p1.
- Border Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
- Border Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.
- Row 1: sl1, k 23, p1
- Row 2: sl1, k3, p17, k3,p1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 – 12 times
- Border Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
- BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
This gives you the base for your duplicate stitch pattern. Once this is knitted, you can start on the next part, which is the actual duplicate stitch.
Use the chart below to stitch your heart. Each block represents one stitch.
To begin with Duplicate Stitch:
- Count 13 stitches in from the right side (including the 4 stitch border).
- Count 12 stitches up from the bottom of the square (including the 4 row border and CO edge)
- Mark the stitch where those counts intersect as your first stitch
- You will begin stitching at the bottom single stitch on the chart and work your way up and across.
If this seems a little confusing, I have a video for you! I know I often understand instructions for knitting patterns so much better when I can see them in video form.
Marie has arranged for 13 knitting designers to produce 48 blanket square patterns that can easily be seamed together to create one big project at the end of the year. She has links to everybody who is participating and you can find that by clicking here. Be sure to use the tag #KALCorner when sharing to social media. This is a great way to share your projects and meet other wonderful crafters along the way.
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