Crossed blanket stitch is a variation that makes crossed patterns, in turn creating a series of diamond patterns, while making the blanket stitch. It is a decorative stitch which can be used to replace the traditional blanket stitch.
I will work between two horizontally parallel lines, from left to right. This stitch, once the technique learnt, can be done in any direction.
|Fig 1: Start by followign the sequence of A, B, C as in the closed blanket stitch. Now, take the needle in through D and out through E, as shown. This time, D lies before B, the reason for the crossed effect.||Fig 2: Continue by taking the needle in through F and out through E.|
|Fig 3: Now, take the needle in through B and out through F. Continue this process of making crosses with diagonal stitches. It will turn out that you are in fact making diamonds with these crosses.||Fig 4: A finished portion of the crossed blanket stitch would look like this.|
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