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How to Embroider on Knitted Items

January 2, 2017
How to Embroider on Knitted Items

Happy 2017 everyone! I have so many great things for the blog planned this year and I can’t wait to share them with you! I want to kick things off with this tutorial that shows you how to embroider on knitted items. This technique is easy to do and it’s perfect for beginner knitters. It’s also great for personalizing store bought knits. 
     I knitted this cream colored hat for Indigo but once it was finished it seemed kind of blah. I decided to monogram it with an “I”. I think it’s much cuter and has personality now =) This embroidery technique is really versatile. You can do letters, shapes or even simple multi colored designs. 

One quick note- make sure you are embroidering with a yarn that’s the same weight as the knitted piece. A yarn that’s too lightweight will not cover the original stitches and blend in. A yarn that’s too bulky will stretch the original stitches out.

Supplies needed:
Stockinette stitch item
Yarn in same weight as knitted piece. I knitted this hat using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and used the same yarn for the embroidery 
Also needed:

  

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How to Embroider on Knitted Items

Using stitch markers mark off how large you want you letter to be. Try the hat on to make sure the design isn’t going to be too low/high on the head.
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
Using a yarn needle insert the yarn through the back of the piece and through the middle of a stitch. I started at the bottom of the letter and worked my way up.
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
Insert the needle through both sides of the stitch and pull yarn through.
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
Insert the needle back through the hole where you first started.
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
Here is what the stitch looks like when you are finished. Be careful to not pull the yarn too tight or make it too loose. You want it to blend it with the gauge of the knitted piece.
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
Insert your needle in the middle of the stitch directly above the first. 
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
 Continue in this pattern until you reach the top marker.
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
To make stitches horizontally insert the needle into the row of stitches directly next to the one you already worked. 
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
Here’s what a row of stitches going horizontally look like. The technique for making the stitches remains the same.
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
How to Embroider on Knitted Items
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    Anonymous
    October 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I want to make a striped scarf look like plaid. I'm going to try this. I'll let you know.

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