How to Hand Embroider Top Knotted Buttonhole

This stitch is a variety of buttonhole stitch which has a knot set at the top of each arm.

Instead of working it in a straight line you can vary the length of the arms to create patterns. You can use it as a couching stitch to hold down novelty threads. Since Top Knotted Buttonhole is a variety of buttonhole stitch it works well as decorative edging stitch and holds curves well. When worked in a circle or around a large bead it makes a decorative little flower motif.

How to work Top Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

Top Knotted Buttonhole Stitch step 1This stitch is worked from left to right between two lines.

Bring your thread up on the bottom line and loop your thread around the needle as illustrated.

Insert the needle on the top line and nudge the knot down against the fabric. Angle your needle so that you can take a bite of the fabric with the needle point emerging on the bottom line.

Top Knotted Buttonhole Stitch step 2With the thread under the needle as you would do in normal buttonhole stitch pull the needle through the fabric downward towards you to make the first stitch.

Top Knotted Buttonhole Stitch step 3If you have trouble controlling the knot at this stage place your left thumb and hold your half formed stitch between thumb and forefinger as you pull the thread through.

Top Knotted Buttonhole Stitch step 4Continue in this manner along the line.

This sample was worked using perle # 5 cotton however experiment with threads as this stitch looks good worked in thicker threads or even a fine ribbon.

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17 Responses to How to Hand Embroider Top Knotted Buttonhole

  1. Anneliese says:

    I just wanted to make this top knotted buttonhole stitch – and I tell you, it is fantastic that I can search it so easily. Thank you, Sharon, and love. Anneliese

  2. Hello there! This week’s stitch was a little hard for me to get the hang of, but here is my sample.

    Take care, Mary ?

  3. SusieW says:

    I have posted seams 60 – 64 on my Flickr site here I’ve made notes of my impressions and threads used on each stitch. Still enjoying the process and sorry I’m not posting the photos weekly …. time just seems to evaporate here!

  4. Anneliese says:

    I made the stitches no. 62, 63 and 64 – they are here:

  5. Here are my samples for stitch 63 and 64.
    Thanks for looking.

  6. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, my post for the stitch 63. Thank you all

  7. Liz Eph says:

    Dear Sharon, here is my latest offering which includes scroll stitch and the cross stitch rose. Hope you’re properly well now. xx Liz xx

  8. Rita says:

    What a wonderful stitch. I will use in my next crazy quilt. I find buttonhole stitch to be very versatile anyway.

  9. Terry Whyte says:

    Hi Sharon:
    This is my first TAST so I have made samples for Weeks 1 to 4. You can see them on my blog at
    I may get caught up some day!

  10. Angela says:

    I struggled with getting this stitch just right but I will persist. You can see my attempt here.

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