Sunday, 16 March 2014

Danish knots: How to, plus tips and tricks

The look of a Danish knot depends entirely on the length of your foundation stitch and where you bring your needle up again after making it.  


Start with a short stitch and bring your needle up a little way from the foundation stitch and you’ll get a compact, squat knot. Start with a longer stitch and bring your needle up alongside the foundation stitch and you’ll end up with a knot “with tails”. Either way, this is a really simple stitch to do.

Tips and tricks:
  • Use Danish knots as a filling stitch by scattering them throughout a shape, either in a uniform pattern or freeform arrangement. 
Summer Rain hand embroidery pattern 
  • Adjust the length of the foundation stitch to create different looks with the same stitch. 
  • Play around with the positioning of the knot on longer foundation stitches. 


Bring your thread to the front and make a short, diagonal straight stitch. This is your foundation stitch. Bring your needle to the front again directly below the top of the foundation stitch.

 

Slide your needle under the stitch from right to left and pull it through to create the first loop of the knot. Take care not to pierce the foundation stitch or the fabric.

 

Take your needle under the stitch again from right to left, below the first loop and with the thread under your needle.

 

Pull the second loop taut around the foundation stitch and take your needle to the back close to the knot to finish it off.

 

For a Danish knot “with tails”, start with a longer foundation stitch and bring your needle up again just to the left of the stitch and halfway along it.

 

Again, slide your needle under the stitch from right to left and pull it through to create the first loop of the knot, without piercing the foundation stitch or fabric.

 

Take your needle under the stitch again from right to left, below the first loop and with the thread under your needle.

 

Pull the second loop taut around the foundation stitch and take your needle to the back close to the knot to finish it off.

 

Three Danish knots starting with stitches of differing lengths.

2 comments:

  1. Informative post. I am not a knot stitches fan. But this sure looks easy. Will have to try this..

    Ms Sharma
    http://summersofindia.blogspot.com/.

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    1. It's such an easy knot stitch, Ms Sharma. And pleasant to work as well. Hopefully it'll convert you!

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