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Swiss Darning is a simple and effective way to add complex colourwork to a knitting project without the need for tricky yarn twisting. And it’s so easy! Take a look at our 3 simple tips that will have you Swiss Darning in no time…

Swiss Darning explained in 3 simple steps…

1. Thread a blunt darning needle with a length of yarn in your chosen colour. Bring the point of the needle through from the back at the base of the stitch to be worked and draw the yarn through, leaving an end at the back.

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2. Take the needle behind the two loops of the stitch above from right to left (above) and draw yarn through. Insert the needle into the same place as before and bring through at base of next stitch to be covered (below).

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3. Draw the yarn through to the tension of the main knitting. Continue in this way until the entire motif has been embroidered.

A Swiss Darning project…

We recently featured this stylish knitted jacket pattern in Woman’s Weekly for you to make – and this is a perfect project to use Swiss Darning. Read on to find out why…

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If you look closely at the plaid design on the front of the above sweater, you will notice narrow lines of colour running vertically within the knitted pattern. Narrow lines like these can be a little fiddly to work as you will need to combine different colour knitting techniques in order to knit them in with the other blocks of colour.

But you can leave out any fiddly areas of colour that use very small or narrow patches – such as outlines and fine details – and embroider them on at a later stage. Swiss Darning is a way of embroidering the surface of your finished knitting to look as if the detailed knitted stitches were knitted in first-time round. It’s really clever – give it a try!

Your colourwork questions answered…

– Having trouble with Fair Isle that won’t lie flat? Not to worry, fix it with our how-to guide.

– Joining in a new colour to start knitting? We show you the best ways.