Please note that the pattern parts for ‘Where’s My Cow?’ have now been deleted from my website. The full pattern will shortly be available to purchase.
Dad would be proud of me for that one! ;0)
It has been a glorious day in Brighouse, and I have managed to catch some of the sunshine sitting outside and knitting on the lilac sample of ‘Where’s My Cow?’ that will be modelled on the for-sale pattern. In between these snatched hours of sunshine I have also been busily communicating with Karen in order to perfect the details of the today’s part of the pattern. She very kindly found a great little tutorial illustration of duplicate stitch to assist any newbies to this technique, the only stitch used in today’s pattern.
One of the great things about duplicate stitch is that it is possible to work it entirely from the right side of the work. It is only necessary to pull the needle fully through to the wrong side when you are ready to weave in the end (e.g. when the yarn has become too short for further stitches). Otherwise I always in one movement insert the needle where I want it to go in, and push it through to the point where I want it to come out without ever pulling the full length of the needle through to the wrong side. For speed and ease I recommend you learn to do the same.
It doesn’t really matter where in the pattern you start. If, as I recommend in the pattern, you turn the work through 180 degrees each time you change the direction of stitching then it doesn’t matter whether you work up from the bottom or down from the top, or as I did from middle to top then middle to bottom. So, go for it and start wherever you please, and work in whatever direction you wish. :0)
I’ve viewed lots of video tutorials in Youtube for duplicate stitch hoping to find a good demonstration for you. Sadly I don’t recommend any of the ones I’ve seen as none of them reflect the tips I have given in today’s pattern release for best results with this technique. Yes, I am a perfectionist!!
And a picture of the finished green romper:
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