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Cross Stitch: The French Knot

The French knot is one of the most difficult stitches for cross stitch. We briefly covered the French knot in our last post but decided that the stitch requires a more in-depth tutorial.

We want readers to be 100% confident in their ability to complete a French knot after reading this helpful “how-to”. If you still have questions about how to make a French knot, you can contact us online.

Here are the steps for a successful French knot:

  1. The French knot requires both of your hands. First, set the hoop somewhere nearby or in your lap and then with your non-need handle, you need to pinch the floss just a few inches away from the spot that it exits the fabric. Hold the floss taut with the hand not holding the needle.
  2. Now place the needle directly in front of this piece of the floss. You will notice how the needle is right in front of the floss and that it doesn’t come from behind the floss. This helps with following steps in the knot.
  3. Loop the floss once or twice around the needle. This will depend on how big you want the knot to be. Continue the tension using your non-needle hand so that the floss doesn’t uncoil.
  4. The coil should now be very taut. Then re-insert the point of the needle right next to the exit point on the fabric. Don’t use the same hole. Just hold the needle on the surface of the fabric. Don’t push the point through yet.
  5. Now the non-needle hand you have been pinching the floss with comes back into play. Give the floss a pull so the coil tightens and then slide the needle down so there is a bundle touching the surface of the fabric.
  6. Now it is time to push the needle through the fabric.
  7. This means the needle and the floss are now through the fabric and through the middle of the coil you tightened around the needle.
  8. That’s it! You should be able to repeat the process to complete the French knot across the fabric to finish your design.

You will find several ways to incorporate the French knot into your stitching once you feel you have mastered it.