How to hand embroider knotted loop stitch

sample of step for knotted loop stitchI discovered knotted loop stitch in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches: v. 2.

Knotted loop stitch is  described as being ideal for borders but if you play with the height and spacing of the arms it can be a very interesting stitch to explore. Even though it is is normally worked between to parallel rows it can be stacked or worked free form.

See the photos at the end of the article for ideas as jumping off points.

The photo to the left is Knotted loop stitch use to create abstract floral motifs could be worked easily.

How to stitch Knotted Loop stitch

Traditionally this stitch is worked from right to left between two parallel lines.

photo of step for loop stitch
Bring the needle to the front of the fabric and make a straight stitch upwards , as illustrated.

photo of step for loop stitch
Take the thread through the fabric and bring it out slightly to the left on the bottom line as illustrated.

photo of step for loop stitch
Slide the needle under the first stitch passing it from right to left.
Keep the working thread under the needle
photo of step for loop stitch
Pull the thread through to create the first loop.
Take the needle back into the fabric next to where you made the first half of the stitch.
photo of step for loop stitch
Take the thread up to the top line making a little diagonal stitch and insert the needle.
Bring the needle out on the bottom line a little further on to the left.
photo of step for loop stitch
Slide the needle under the diagonal stitch and pull it through to make another loop. Continue along the line in this manner.
photo of step for knotted loop stitch
Since it is described as being ideal for borders it means it is also ideal for crazy quilting. The arms could be spaced differently and the arms could be extended or contracted quite easily.
photo of step for knotted loop stitch
I hope you enjoy the stitch

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36 Responses to How to hand embroider knotted loop stitch

  1. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    Finished knotted loop stitch and added some friends.


  2. libbyQ says:

    i had some halloween fun with this one . . .
    pop over to take a look if you have a moment.


  3. Carol Harper says:

    Running really late this week but I finally got it done. My first attempt morphed into mirrored balnket stitch but I finally saw here I went wrong…

  4. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    My finger is on the mend, so I have started this week’s’
    stitch inspired by the forest floor.

    I have also managed to work up last week’s stitch to a standard I am now satisfied with(although the photo is not so good 🙂

  5. Julie JC says:

    I have put a photo on Stitchin’ Fingers


    and will be blogging about this stitch later today. I really enjoyed the stitch, maybe it’s because I turned it into little trees, one of my favorite things in nature!

  6. Lilian says:

    I had a bit of trouble deciding how to use the stitch, but got there in the end 🙂

  7. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends.
    My post for the week. Lovely stitch.
    Thank you all!

  8. Kathy says:

    I completed week 40. I did not have great beads but I loved this stitch!

  9. Lucy Landry says:

    This week’s stitch was very interesting. I had a lot of fun playing with it.

  10. nalini vasudaven says:

    I liked this week’s stitch very much and posted my samples here .

  11. Marjolein says:

    Hi Sharon, you must have read my mind. I needed a stitch to create leaves, here they are:

  12. Completed and posted my sample for the knotted loop stitch on my blog:

    I really liked this week’s stitch!

  13. Ann says:

    Tried variations in spacing to see how the stitch looked at different widths. Had never done this one before, so it was nice learning a new stitch this week.

    Thanks for doing this challenge, Sharon. It has been a very meaningful project for me on a lot of different levels as I wrote about in the post this week.

  14. Laurel says:

    Sharon – Here is my Knotted Loop stitch example.

  15. In Manila, the weather is hot, hot, hot and wet, wet, wet. My sampler for this 41st week can be seen here

  16. Hi Sharon,
    I started this week’s stitch sampler, the details are here-
    Thank you,

  17. Claudia says:

    Hi Sharon and all,
    I enjoyed learning this new stitch. Here is my attempt:
    Cheers Claudia

  18. Hi Sharon,
    It must be cold in Canberra it is freezing here in Brisbane.
    I have posted my sample to my blog,
    and to the Flickr group,
    Have a good week.


  19. Diane says:

    Only three more hexagons remain before the ball is stuffed and closed.

  20. Kathy says:

    I am still a little behind but I enjoyed creating my sampler for week 39.

  21. Debbie says:

    Here are my samples for the Knotted Loop stitch.

  22. Hi Sharon,
    this stitch sampler from the earlier TAST challenge is here-
    Thank you,

  23. Ms Sharma says:

    Here is the link to my samples worked in previous TAST challenge.
    Working more now….

  24. Annet says:

    Here’s my weekly post with old knotted loop stitches:
    It’s such a nice and scary stitch!

  25. Anneliese says:

    Hallo Sharon, since stitch 40 and 41 I can’t anymore receive the photos on my iPad – has there been a change?
    I get just the empty squares with question marks.
    I wonder why…..

    • sharonb says:

      Sorry to hear about your troubles. Perhaps you have had a security update that is blocking the images? I have made no changes from this end.

  26. Emma G. says:

    That was fun to try, took me a while but I got it! Many thanks

  27. Pam Kellogg says:

    OOOH, this looks like a fun thing to try! Thanks Sharon!

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