French Knot

The French knot is one of the easiest of all knots. Interestingly, however, it is often hailed as one of the most difficult-to-handle or difficult-to-do stitches. This, so much so, that learners often end up hating to do this stitch. I personally feel it is one of the most creatively use-able stitches once learned, and not much of a deal.

This stitch can be used to do little flowers, or as a filling stitch to fill in small circles and center of flowers. Many closely done french knots can give a ‘woolly’ appearance and can be used creatively. You use both hands to do this stitch, so I would advise you to read the instructions also to understand the illustrations.

Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A. Fig 2: Now, place the needle close to the fabric. Wrap the thread around it twice, as shown.
Fig 3: Keep the longer end of the thread pulled with your fingers while putting the needle back in a point just close to A or even through A.
This is probably what you have to master. The trick is: if you are holding the needle with your right-hand fingers, wrap the thread and hold it pulled with your left-hand fingers. Vice versa. This makes it easy to pull back the needle without the risk of pulling out of the wrapped thread, to put it back into the point A. If this seems difficult for you, try this: after wrapping the thread, turn the needle around about 180 degrees and then try to put it in A or near A.
Fig 4: Pull down the needle through the fabric. You will see your first french knot formed.
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  1. Hi sara
    Your stitch tutorials r of great help and some samples from my side. Waiting for the book.

    • Sarah United States Google Chrome  Redmi 5 Plus) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/72.0.3626.121 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

      Hi Shami! It’s great to hear from you. We have added a couple of your samples in our book! Thank you for contributing. Our book should be done in a 2-3 months. Just some final technicalities left.

  2. Abhinaya Vijayakrishnan India Google Chrome  PLK-UL00 Build/HONORPLK-UL00) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/59.0.3071.125 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I have always had trouble with this knot stitch, but thanks to you detailed explanation with pics, I got it at first attempt! Thanks so much!
    Also could you post something about the casting stiches, if you know about them? They are my favorites… 🙂

    Love your blog.

  3. Marny CA United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Although a rightie, I sew left handed. What is the correct way for a leftie to do the French or Colonial knots?

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