Linked Double Chain Stitch Tutorial

I found Linked double chain stitch in an old embroidery book called  The Batsford encyclopaedia of embroidery stitches by Anne Butler. If you ever find this book in an secondhand store it wi well worth picking it up if priced reasonably.


Linked Double Chain step 1Linked Double Chain is an interesting variety of chain stitch. If you are a beginner you might like to make sure you are familiar with chain stitch and with twisted chain stitch since Linked double chain consists of two chain stitches worked side by side which are then  linked with a twisted chain. This combination is worked to form a line.

To work the stitch start with a single very open chain stitch. It is a bit sloppy looking as you can see.


Linked Double Chain step 2Next work a second chain next to the first. Make the stitch so that the two stitches are side by side.

At this stage the y look a little like buttonhole stitches.

Bringing the point of the needle out a short space down the line to be stitched. Cross the thread over the needle, then wrap the thread under the needle point.



Linked Double Chain step 3Pull the needle through the fabric.

What you are doing is working a twisted chain stitch into the base of the first two stitches.

If you are unfamilar with twisted chain stitch you will find the directions here

At this point it should look like this.



Linked Double Chain step 4

Next work two chain stitches side by side emerging from the base of the Twisted Chain.

Continue along the line in this manner.





Linked Double Chain step 5This is a marvellous stitch as it will follow a curve well and lends itself to all sorts of interesting experimentation.

You can widen the chain stitches and play with spacing

It looks particularly effective if you use a thread with a firm twist.

Silk ribbon also works well with this stitch. It lends itself to being embellished with beads too.


I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch.

Linked Double Chain step 6

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39 Responses to Linked Double Chain Stitch Tutorial

  1. Hi Sharon,
    Having missed this stitch, I just now started working on this stitch sampler, the detaisl are being posted here-
    Thank you,

  2. libbyQ says:

    i forgot to link up last week.
    this post contains my stitch practice for weeks 31 through 34.


  3. Kathy says:

    Do we have many more stitches that include the twisted chain? Anyway, here is my little sampler.

  4. Anneliese says:
    Here are my samples for Pekinese stitch and for the Linked Double Chain stitch.

  5. Julie says:

    I have finally arrived with the linked double chain example of mine! This was fun!

  6. queeniepatch says:

    Sorry! I’m late in posting due to computer problems. Here are my ‘tulips’:

  7. Annet says:

    It’s been a busy week, but I finally had some stitching time this morning. I wrote about my sampler on my blog:

    From the beginning I thought, “finally a stitch I don’t like.” I struggled to find inspiration for it all week. And so what do I do?–Sink myself in way too deep. Borders, leaves, branches, a bird…..trying different threads and fibers. I just wahted to be done with this—until I got to the beading. Then I decided I like this stitch. Maybe it was in seeing the finish line, I don’t know. Each week I’m challenging myself to do 1 whole sampler using just that stitch. Some stitches just aren’t made for this, but I want to make a fabric book of stitches, at least one page per stitch. So there you have it……sinking myself in week after week now.

  9. Liz Eph says:

    sorrry, pressed send before i said hello xx

  10. Hello
    My sample for this week is here:
    I enjoy very much this stitch ,new for me

  11. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & friends
    this week, I could not finish my work for the group TAST 2012 due to a work emergency hydraulics in my apartment. Next week I recover. I take to post a work I made in the course “Sumptuous Surface Embroidery”, of Sharon B, I used several stiches already studied along the year . Thank you all!

  12. Faith says:

    I think I spent almost as long on the post as on the stitching!

  13. Lucy Landry says:

    It seems I’m always a little slow to get this finished. Here’s my sample for the week.

  14. Claudia says:

    Thank you, Sharon, for digging out this stitch and sharing with us, was in none of my books. Here is my exercise:

  15. Nancilyn says:

    Wasn’t a fan of the linked double chain at first, but it grew on me once I realized the potential. I’ve been remiss in uploading photos the past several weeks, but you can see linked double chain, pekinese and cast on stitches and my notes on Flickr:

  16. Jennifer says:

    Hello Sharon and fellow embroiderers! I am so glad to learn this new stitch!

  17. Sorry about the quality of photograph, but here’s my effort for this week’s stitch

  18. Mariainez L. Ribeiro dos Santos says:

    Here is my sampler for this week.
    Have a nice weekend.

  19. Laurel says:

    Despite being away on vacation, I was able to complete this week’s challenge. A new stitch for me (and I’ve done a lot of chain variations!), I like the “bling” it adds to a piece. You can find it at:

  20. Hi Sharon, I wasn’t keen on this one……I scrapped my first effort, but it all went well the second time around !!
    Thanking you again for keeping me focused……..
    You can see my sample here………….
    Chris richards

  21. christine says:

    J’ai fait mon exercice… Bien amusant!

  22. Maureen Bond says:

    My Linked Double chains are posted to
    Until I read Annet’s comment, I’d forgotten I had used this stitch in Tast 1 . link below -It’s the top lot..

  23. Shami Immanuel says:

    I am little behind. Here is the post for Week 32 – Algerian Eye stitch.

  24. Julie JC says:

    Little pitchforks, just in time for Halloween stitching!

  25. Debbie says:

    I’ve combined Week 33 with Week 34. I’d never done either of these stitches before. Here’s the link:

  26. Naomi says:

    Hi, I’m new to all of this but thought I’d give it a go this week!

    Here is my attempt:

    I really enjoyed trying out a new stitch, especially as I am fairly new to embroidery, and I loved that it came from the Anne Butler book, as that is one of the old texts I have been looking at to inspire my work! 🙂

  27. Annet says:

    Here’s my weekly post with old linked chain stitches:
    Flipping through my photo’s and reading my old notes gave me more idea’s to experiment with this stitch!

  28. Faith says:

    Reminds me of a trident or one of those decorative wall forks from the ’70s. Is this one new to you, too? I ask because you have no eye candy and you usually show some.

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