What is it?
The Duplicate Stitch technique is used to join the last stitch of a round to the first stitch of a round by creating a "duplicate" top on the skipped stitch it is worked over. The tail of the yarn is woven over the first stitch of the round in such a way that the front and back loops of that first stitch are duplicated. This creates a clean finish for the final stitch of a round and makes a nearly invisible join.
Why use the Duplicate Stitch?
Duplicate Stitch is a FAB method for finishing or binding off circular crochet and knitting projects.
Who amongst us has not gotten to the end of a crochet motif and been a little stumped by what to do to finish off that last stitch? How to make it look neat and clean without looking like we just reached the end of our project and tied a big ol' knot in it?
The bottom line is, anywhere we work in the round or in a spiral and end with an open tube of some sort (hats, sock and sleeve cuffs, hems), we need to fasten off or bind off in such a way that the edge of our finished project doesn't look like it was gnawed on by a demented badger.
You work diligently to make a beautifully crafted project, add this technique to your skillz to help make sure your finishing is up to par with the rest of your work!
Break It Down
Here is the Duplicate Stitch technique broken down for you step-by-step with photos by Shibaguyz Photography for visual cues to help you through.
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