German Knotted Blanket Stitch

This is a variation of blanket stitch that carries a visual similarity to the up and down blanket stitch. It can make a good bordering or edging pattern.

You need to know the blanket stitch to continue with this tutorial. I will work between two horizontally parallel stitch lines to illustrate this stitch.

Fig 1: Start by making two blanket stitches close to each other, as shown. Then, slide the needle under both the stitches without plucking the fabric below. Fig 2: Take the needle out and tighten it to form a loop above both the blanket stitches. Next, continue to make couples of blanket stitches and loop them around.
Fig 3: A finished portion would look like this.
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23 Responses

  1. ALI Kayn Australia Google Chrome Windows says:

    Great information – stitches I’ve never heard of.

  2. Lakshmi United States Safari iPad says:


    Your blog is simply amazing. You have made everything so simple to follow and that is precisely the reson I liked your blog. Thanks for helping beginners like me:)


  3. Adharshila Chatterjee India SymbianOS says:

    Hi Sarah, I am a post-graduate student of English literature. I freely confess sewing and stitching isn’t my cup of tea! However, I intend to do something special for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’d normally just make him a birthday card. But this year, I’ve decided to embroider a hanky for him! I found your blog very helpful. The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow, even for a novice like me!! Thank you so much!!
    P.S. Would you please post monogram patterns for the letter S? Or any easy emboidery pattern for that matter would do!

    • sarah India Internet Explorer Windows says:

      Dear Adharshila,

      What a nice thought! 🙂 Thanks for referring our pages.

      Though I have been asked by many learners to provide patterns to practice, it has always been a challenge for me due to a busy schedule with other projects and of course, a young family. So, I can only ask you to check the net for simple patterns for now. You can also check our KASUTI section for some simple kasuti patterns if it might interest you.
      (check the last portion for links to lessons and patterns)

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