Definition of Swiss darning in English:

Swiss darning


  • [mass noun] A technique in which coloured stitches are sewn on to knitted garments to make patterns or motifs that seem to have been knitted.

    • ‘Many of the patterns were very complex, and wherever possible I added the third or fourth colours to a row of knitting afterwards using Swiss darning / duplicate stitch.’
    • ‘Or you could decide to make a raised feature from the Swiss darning and go for that slightly puffy look.’
    • ‘Here are some rows of horizontal and one row of vertical Swiss darning on a swatch I knitted as well as a little bit of cross stitch.’
    • ‘There are full instructions and how-to photographs for the Swiss darning.’
    • ‘I don't want to do anything else like this anytime soon - it was my first attempt at Swiss darning and I got somewhat frustrated a couple of times.’
    • ‘Added on embellishment such as peasant wool embroidery and Swiss darning made a comeback at various times in the early 90s and very late 90s.’
    • ‘When knitting your tartan, the horizontal stripes are easily managed in stocking stitch and the vertical lines of the plaid can be added in Swiss darning (duplicate stitch).’
    • ‘Luckily for this particular repair, which usually involved only one stitch per hole, duplicate stitch (also called Swiss darning) is an excellent solution.’
    • ‘Using knitting techniques such as Swiss darning, Lili fixed patches of knitwear to the elbow, shoulder and arms of black leather jackets.’