I'm happy to say that after more than 30 years of knitting, I have added "duplicate stitch" to my skills.
I'm not sure why I was against learning the duplicate stitch? I think I'd seen way too many bad examples of it to want to try it. But now I realize that the bad examples I've seen were because the yarn used for the duplicate stitch was too thin, or the tension was all wrong.
Barb took 5 minutes on Saturday to give Kaitlin and me a little tutorial.
Counting the stitches and marking out exactly where the design was supposed to go took up most of that 5 minutes... the duplicate stitch part only took about 30 seconds to master. I finished it at home this weekend and now all that's left is seaming... my favorite part!
The sweater is the Little Boater Crew from the Thirteenth Little Sublime Hand Knit Book (#668).
There's an adorable blanket that matches... what a great baby gift idea!
The pattern calls for Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, but as we already have a number of shop samples out of that yarn, I chose the Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK. I LOVE the yarn... maybe a sweater for myself will follow?