Take a Stitch Tuesday Knotted Cable Chain

Some busy hands will be pleased to know that this stitch is the last for this year. In a couple of days I am going to take a break over the holiday season but more of that then. I will be back with TAST next year but there will be a few changes. A few weeks ago I canvased for opinions and I expanded my ideas here  I have changed the TAST FAQ and briefly the changes are

  • Next year I will still be posting a stitch a week numbered by the stitch not the week.
  • There will be more breaks through the year
  • How people define the challenge is up to them.
  • Featured work will include any TAST stitch not just the stitch proposed that week. This will no longer be weekly piece but an irregular but longer feature.
  • There will be the introduction of the TAST Design Challenge as of January 2013. This will be proposed every 4-6 weeks.
  • No need to sign up just join in

This week I have a variety of chain stitch called Knotted Cable chain. Hopefully people will be familiar with both cable chain and twisted chain as both have been stitches proposed earlier this year in the TAST challenge.

Knotted Cable chain is used as a linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics. The texture of the knot between chain stitches creates an interesting textured line. As with basic chain stitch this version follows curves well and can even be worked solidly as a filling stitch.

How to work Knotted Cable Chain 

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 1
how to stitch knotted cable chain step 2Bring the needle up through the fabric and work a twisted chain stitch on the line you want to work.

Slip the needle under the top thread above the twist.

Do not pick up any fabric when you do this. Pull the needle through the loop until the loop lies flat but not tight.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 3
how to stitch knotted cable chain step 4Insert the needle back into where it first came out at the top of the chain.

Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

Pull the thread through the fabric and you have created your first knotted cable chain stitch.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 5Make a small twisted chain stitch just bellow the larger chain.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 6Take the needle under the twist and repeat the steps along the row.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 7This is another quick and versatile stitch. You can also lace and thread this stitch in various ways taking advantage of structure of the stitch by threading either the knot or the chain.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step

Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch


If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will link to interesting samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to how the stitch is used.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members

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21 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday Knotted Cable Chain

  1. Debbie says:

    I may be late, but I finished all TAST 2012 weekly challenges! Here are my attempts at knotted cable chain:

  2. Isabelle says:

    I wish you an happy new year.
    I am a bit late, but here is my work with the knotted cable chain

  3. I completed the last stitch, added some stitches to get a last page for my stitches’ book. Here is my job http://j-en-revais.blogspot.com/2012/12/tast-51-52.html Now I need to gather the leaves and stitch and sew a cover for the book.

  4. Anneliese says:

    A nice stitch – liked to work with it – and now I look forward to joining in again next year.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Sharon!

  5. Carol Harper says:

    Here is y (late) version of the Knotted Cable Chain… Doesn’t look so great but it’s done. Probably done wrong but…


    Thanks for a great year of learning!

  6. Lucy Landry says:

    This is a great stitch. Here is my sample:

    Happy Holidays to all
    Thank you Sharon, it has been a fabulous year of stitching. I have loved this challenge.

  7. Debbie says:

    Had a bit of trouble with this one. http://debbiesfiberwork.blogspot.com/2012/12/tast-weeks-50-and-51.html

    Thanks for a fun year, Sharon. I’m looking forward to next years stitches. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  8. Annet says:

    I experimented with perle 5 on the last square on my Aida:

  9. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, my post for the week
    Happy Holidays ! See you in 2013! Thank you all!

  10. Isabelle says:

    I have a lot of things to do for Chrismas, so I will try this stitch a bit later. I just show you my daughter work (she is 10 years old)


  11. Claudia says:

    Again a beautiful stitch. Here is my attempt on the last stitch of TAST 2012: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/12/tast-week-51knotted-cable-chain-stitch.html
    I’m very happy that TAST will be continued! Thank you, Sharon!

  12. Hello
    Here is my sample for this week:
    Thank you Sharon for the tast, I enjoy very much learning all these stitches. I’m looking forward the next year Tast.
    Happy holidays

  13. Marjolein says:

    Hi Sharon,
    No contribution from me this week.
    All I want to say is a big THANK YOU, for offering TAST this year. The new stitch I learned and liked most is Alternating barred chain stitch.
    I also want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and I Happy New Year.

  14. Laurel says:

    Sharon, here is my example for this week’s TAST that I titled (I think appropriately …) “Bittersweet Offering.”
    Thanks for a great year of TAST projects. I look forward to working and playing with you and all my stitching friends in the new year!

  15. How soon the year 2012 TAST come to an end.
    I really enjoyed learning so many stitches and trying the stitchs.
    It is so nice to look what the others are doing.
    Thanks Sharon for the Tast challenge.
    My trial this weeks stitch is here.

  16. This is a stitch I will want to use for many projects. Thank you for a great year of TAST stitches.


  17. Hi Sharon,
    Thank you for offering this challenge. I learnt a lot about these stitches, the challenge opened a new world for me. so much of creativity of the other participants was a great experience. I am so much richer because of the skill and confidence I gained through your challenge.
    and thank you for continuing with the stitch challenge in the next year.
    this week’s stitch sampler-

  18. Carole Auden says:

    Brilliant solution Sharon. Looking forward to continuous challenge, and in advance of that, many thanks for offering your services again. Phew, I was really going to miss all this fun if we were to come to an end!!
    Seasons best
    Carole (Auden)

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