Who knew that duplicate stitching was even an option! Hannah has taken up highland dancing, I’d say she has been going about 10 weeks now and she is loving it. Time to get the outfit sorted!
This is Hannah’s kilt which I made (first one!) it is made out of MacDonald Modern Dress tartan. Hannah’s last name is Donaldson which goes back to MacDonald and makes this her family tartan. So of course we needed socks to go with this one. If you have ever looked at highland Dancing costumes you will have run into the price of the argyle socks (kilt hose) eeek! I definitely don’t want to spend over a hundred dollars on a pair of socks when I am not sure how long Hannah is going to want to dance for. In most cases it is almost better to find the socks and then make the kilt to match, or buy a second hand full set.
I was going to attempt to knit the entire socks myself, so I found a free pattern online and had a test run using left over baby wool I had. Well I’ve knitted a little before but having 9 balls of wool going at one time was a bit much for me! I couldn’t get the stripe to stay straight on one angle but I could going the other way…after about three attempts I decided enough was enough. So when I came across this pair on Trade Me (NZ version of eBay) for $25 I just couldn’t say no. In the photos on the listing they looked black and red but turns out when they arrived they were dark green and red. Luckily Hannah’s kilt has a matching green in it!
But they really didn’t go together (pity I didn’t think to take a picture before I started!) the main problem was the gold/yellow stripe. Hannah’s kilt didn’t have any gold or yellow in it and it seemed to change the tone of the red just by being there. So I dugout the white baby wool I had left over from the last baby hat I knitted and duplicate stitched over the yellow stripe. It looked so much better, that I decided to make the red stripe white too and for good measure the green stripe navy (haven’t quite finished those yet!). I had wanted to make part of the red diamonds navy but the duplicate stitching made a larger area too thick and bulky. Still not a perfect match, a little too much red for her kilt but they are way better than they were and look pretty good in my opinion! If she takes it further and carries on with the highland dancing then we can look at getting another pair but right now this works perfectly!
Just in case you are in the same predicament I’ll show you how I did the duplicate stitching!
What you will need
- Argyle Kilt Hose
- Wool – I believe most kilt hose are knitted in 3 ply. The baby wool I used was 4 ply but being a little thicker actually helped it cover the underlying colour completely. If you are wanting to cover a larger area then a 3 ply to match would be better.
- Large needle – Rounded tip is better, mine I believe is called a darning needle.
- Time! But to be honest it doesn’t take as long as I thought it would.
Decide which stripe (or area) you are going to cover. For this example I will duplicate stitch the dark green stripe from the edge of the red diamond with white.
Thread your needle with the wool and with the right side facing out insert the needle into the sock a little way away from where you are stitching, with the needle exiting at the top of the first stitch. The stitches have and upside down V shape, you want your needle and thread to come through the top point of the V. Leave a little tail of extra wool, you can pull this through to the inside and tie it off at the end.
You can see that the white wool comes out at the top of the dark green upside down V.
Now you will need to pick up the two threads that the green upside down V loops through.
Pull the wool through gently and you will have the first side of your V.
Insert the needle back at the top of the V and exiting at the top of the next V.
You are now back at the start, repeat these steps until you are finished. I will do one more for you, follow the photos below!
Now you should be ready to duplicate stitch those argyle kilt hose into the perfect colours!