Posted on Tuesday, September 18 2012 at 7am
In part two of our masterclass series on embroidering knitting, we examine three key stitches you can use to embellish your work: Running Stitch, Threaded Running Stitch and Whipped Running Stitch.
In the first part of our masterclass series on embroidering knitting, Jane Crowfoot explained how you can embroider an existing piece of knitwear.
Five of the stitches I want to show you are worked in conjunction with either running stitch or back stitch. The key to good stitches is consistency; you can choose whether to work your stitches across one or two knitted stitches, or you may want to work over a stitch and a half, whichever you decide upon make sure you stick to it to ensure that each stitch comes up the same size. If you are working in all directions and not just horizontally then try to judge the size of the stitches to keep them uniform.
Running stitch (pictured at the top of this post)
This is referred to as 'basting stitch' in the US.
With the right side facing, bring the needle through from the back. * Insert the needle through the work from front to back a short distance along to the left. (Keep this distance uniform, perhaps one or two stitches – we have used one stitch) Bring the needle through the work from back to front the same distance along to the left. Repeat from *. .
Threaded running stitch
Work running stitch as above. Using a contrast colour: With the right side facing, bring the needle through from the back. Keeping the needle at the front of the work, * insert the needle through the sewn stitch vertically from bottom to top and pull through. Insert the needle through the next sewn stitch vertically from top to bottom and pull through; repeat from *.
Whipped running stitch
Work running stitch as above. Using a contrast colour: With the right side facing, bring the needle through from the back. Keeping the needle at the front of the work, * insert the needle through the sewn stitch. Insert the needle through the next stitch starting above the stitch and coming out below; repeat from *.
Next time we wil cover Backstitch, Threaded Backstitch and Pekinese Stitch.
The final post in this masterclass series on embroidering your knitting will take you through Interlacing Stitch, Couching and Lock Stitch.
About our expert
Jane Crowfoot is one of the UK’s leading knitting experts and author of the book Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters (Search Press, £9.99) Find out more about Jane at janeknits.blogspot.com and www.janiecrow.co.uk
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