Also known as: knot stitch edging, antwerp stitch

This a very pretty looking edging stitch which looks like a blanket stitch with a knot. It can be made loosely, and is generally used for more of a decorative purpose, than for securing the edges as with blanket stitches.
The antwerp edging stitch is used is Hardanger Embroidery.

If you know the blanket stitch, it will be easy to understand this tutorial. Though this is an edging stitch, I will work between two parallel stitch lines, to teach the technique.

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Fig 1: Start by doing a blanket stitch between the two stitch lines, as shown.    Fig 2: Now, before you pull out the needle completely to secure the stitch, pass the needle under the loop as shown. Do not pluck the fabric underneath. 
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Fig 3: Twist the thread around the needle as shown. This is the twist that will help create the knot.    Fig 4: Pull the thread to tighten the loop of the blanket stitch. However, this is optional when you do over an actual edge. If you want a loose edging, you can leave the loop loose. 
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Fig 5: Pull out the needle to secure the knot. Continue to make more blanket stitches with the knot.   Fig 6: A finished line of edging would look like this. I have made this edging tight for the sake of clarity. 
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