T-Stitch (plus Alternating Continental Stitch)

The T-Stitch is a basic needlepoint stitch. It's called T-Stitch because it creates a pattern that resembles the letter "T" when viewed from the front. This stitch is perfect to:

  • create light patterned textures in background areas
  • use in large areas for a quick stitching

    Stitch Details

      T-Stitch Instructions & Diagram

      You can see the diagram of this stitch below. 

      • Begin your stitching from the bottom left corner of the area you want to cover with the T-Stitch.
      • Secure your thread on the backside of the canvas by making a small knot or stitching over the tail with your first few stitches.
      • Insert the needle from the back of the canvas to the front at the bottom left corner of the first square or intersection of canvas threads.
      • Stitch this pattern in horizontal rows, skipping one canvas intersection as you progress.
      • When the time comes to knit back in the opposite direction, your stitch will cross the middle of the stitch from the previous row.
      • Keep the tension of your stitches consistent throughout your stitching to ensure a neat and even appearance.

      T-stitch for needlepoint - tutorial

      Stitch Guides where T-Stitch is used

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

      Alternating Continental Needlepoint Stitch

      The Alternating Continental Needlepoint Stitch is a variation of the Continental Stitch. It creates a more textured and visually interesting effect. In this tutorial you will find 2 versions of the Alternating Continental Stitch, so we recommend that you choose the one that best suits your project.

      Stitch Details

      Alternating Continental Stitch - v1 Instructions

      • From top left to bottom right, make a reverse tent stitch, then go two fabric intersections diagonally down to the bottom right, and make another reverse tent stitch, continue until you finish that diagonal row
      • Once you have finished the last reverse tent stitch, move the needle two canvas threads down
      • This time we will create a sequence of parallel tent stitches, where the top stitch will be in the same canvas hole as the top or bottom stitch of the row made in step 1
      • At the end of the previous row we will move the needle two canvas threads down and repeat the process starting with step 1

      Alternating Continental Stitch - v2 Instructions 

      • Make a tent stitch diagonally down to the right, then move the needle one canvas thread up and one to the right, and insert the needle from back to front
      • Make a tent stitch diagonally downward to the left, then move the needle one canvas thread down and one to the right
      • From this point make a reverse tent stitch, at the end move the needle one canvas thread down and one to the left
      • Make a tent stitch to finish the pattern
      • Repeat the process as many times as necessary

      Stitch Guides where Alternating Continental 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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