You can use Knotted Cable chain 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. A single Knotted cable chain stitch is known as Oyster stitch.
Knotted Cable chain stitch worked here in rayon ribbon floss on Block 83 of the ‘I Dropped the Button Box’ quilt.
How to work Knotted Cable Chain
Bring 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.
Insert 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 way along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle’s point, pull the needle through the fabric.
Pull the thread through the fabric and you have created your first knotted cable chain stitch.
Make a small twisted chain stitch just below the larger chain.
Take the needle under the twist and repeat the steps along the row.
This is another quick and versatile stitch. You can also lace and thread this stitch in various ways taking advantage of the structure of the stitch by threading either the knot or the chain.
A line of Knotted cable chain stitch worked in cotton perle #5.
Knotted Cable Chain stitch will follow a curve well as it is a member of the chain stitch family. I worked this sample below in a variegated cotton perle #5 on tea towel linen.
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. My thread twisties are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape. Twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.