French Knot Stitch

The French Knot Needlepoint Stitch is a bit complicated initially but once you know exactly how to hold the thread, it is easy to work, it's among one of the most useful and beautiful stitches in needlepoint.

They can be used single as flowers, bunched tightly together to form any shape, from trees to cats, for instance. The knot is worked as shown in the diagram and video tutorial below.

Stitch Details

French Knot Stitch Instructions & Diagram

You can see the diagram of this stitch below. 
  • Secure the thread firmly on the back of the canvas and bring the needle and all the thread through to the front where the knot is required.
  • Hold the thread fairly taut with your left hand about 2cm (1’’) away from the canvas, using your index and middle finger (or thumb and index), to create some tension
  • Twist the needle around the taut thread once (small knot), or twice (large knot)
  • Insert the needle with the thread down towards the canvas and insert it into any of the adjacent holes. Make sure the knot is resting on the canvas and pull the needle through to the back


French Knot Stitch Video Tutorial


Stitch Guides where French Knot Stitch is used

Check out our Stitch Guides where this stitch is used to get some inspiration for your needlepoint project.

If you have doubts about what stitches to choose for your project - check our Tips to select Needlepoint Stitches or Our favorite Needlepoint Decorative Stitches.
Happy stitching :)

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