Take a Stitch Tuesday 69 Buttonholed Double Chain

Tuesday has come around very quickly this week. Maybe it’s me but after the chaos of last week,  I can feel a break week coming on.

buttonholed double chain stitch step 1

I found this variation of double chain in The Constance Howard Book of Stitches (p 106).

This version of double chain is buttonholed and can feel messy but once past the first few stitches it takes on a form and behaves.

Work Buttonholed Double Chain stitch downwards between imaginary parallel lines.

Bring your needle up from the back of the fabric on the left hand side of the line and insert it on the right hand side with the needle pointing downwards. Position it a little to the right of where the thread emerged.

With the thread wrapped under the needle pull the needle through the fabric so that you create a very open chain stitch.

buttonholed double chain stitch step 2Instead of tying the chain stitch down, working from right to left, use the open chain stitch as a foundation to create 3 to 4 buttonhole stitches. At this stage of the stitch do not pass your needle through the fabric just buttonhole the bar.
buttonholed double chain stitch step 3
When you have worked along the bar to the half way point make the second (openish) chain by inserting the needle into the fabric pointing downwards, on the left hand side of the line just below where the thread first emerged. (See the illustration)
buttonholed double chain stitch step 4

To start the first buttonhole wrap the thread over the needle and under before pulling the needle through. This makes the second chain stitch which is a foundation bar for buttonhole stitches. Working left to right work 3-4 buttonholes stitches.
?When you have worked along the bar once again at the  half way point make the next open chain by inserting the needle into the fabric pointing downwards, on the right hand side of the line.

buttonholed double chain stitch step 5Once again to start the first buttonhole wrap the thread over the needle and under before pulling the needle through.
buttonholed double chain stitch step 6 Continue in this manner back and forth down the line.
buttonholed double chain stitch step 6
When you first start this stitch it feels sloppy and uncontrolled but once you get in the swing it forms an interesting line or worked row upon row develops into an interesting net like texture.

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12 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday 69 Buttonholed Double Chain

  1. Liz Eph says:

    Hmmm- this is going to be an interesting one !

    Here is my link for my attempts at coral, fancy hem and slipped chain.

    http://thethreadbear.blogspot.fr/2013/06/coral-decorative-hem-slipped-detached.html

  2. Annet says:

    When I saw this stitch today, I remembered my struggle with this stitch in 2010. I wrote about it in my weekly post with old buttonholed double chain stitches:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/06/old-buttonholed-double-chain-stitches.html
    I’m glad it’s part of TAST again, I forgot I learned it!

  3. Nora says:

    Hi Sharon
    I have noticed that you use some very beautiful variegated threads at time, I would like to know where you buy you them and what size they are. When you stitch them, they look fantastic.

    • sharonb says:

      Nora Thanks for the compliment. I hand dye my threads – mostly they are either #5 or #8 perle cotton or silk. Very Occasionally – and I mean occasionally like every 2-3 years I have a clean out and put some up for sale. To get a good price I buy bulk and then every now and then I have a I will never use all this thread moment!

  4. Angela says:

    I found this stitch difficult. Thanks for taking the time to teach it to us though!
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/

  5. I’ve just uploaded TAST 67 to my blog. I don’t think I’ve done this one before, and I like it.
    http://linsartyblobs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/tast-67.html
    Thanks Sharon.

  6. Terry Whyte says:

    I have posted 4 more samples – stitches 17 to 20 on my blog at http://todayinkenogami.blogspot.ca/2013/06/take-stitch-tuesday.html

  7. Pamela says:

    I need to work on keeping a straight line! I like this stitch and am thinking about where I will use it. Here’s my sample – http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/06/tast-69-buttonholed-double-chain-stitch.html
    Thanks!

  8. Carol Harper says:

    This week’s stitch took me a while to decipher but once I experimented with the double chain, I worked out what to do and here is my attempt at a Buttonholed Double Chain:

    http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2013/06/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2013-stitch-69.html

  9. Annet says:

    I’m still playing catch-up. Today I wrote about the coral stitch:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/06/coral-stitch-and-granitos.html