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Do You Knot Single Stitches?

By December 26, 2011

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I received an email recently that asked about single scattered stitches often called confetti stitches. The stitcher asked, "How does one create a single stitch and tie it off with a knot, so that it is independent of the others?"

I don't usually knot mine. I leave a tail of floss on each and then trim it right before finishing the project. This can get messy if I don't pay close attention to the back of the project though.

Do you knot your single stitches? How do you deal with them? Share your tips using the Comments section below.


December 26, 2011 at 7:12 am
(1) Andrea says:

I loop and tie off…meaning – I use a single strand of floss folded in half so when I make the 1st stitch I pull through the loop in the back securing the stitch…then I run the needle under the loop and through the secondary loop it creates make a small knot. It seems to make the knot flat so its not too messy on the back of the piece.

December 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(2) Marleta says:

I usually leave a tail after completing the stitch, run the needle back through the back of the stitch and then tie a square knot. It’s secure and lies flat.

December 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm
(3) Jennifer says:

I used to tie off my stitches, but found that my work tended to be quite lumpy. With “confetti stitches” (I think that’s what you referred to it as, I connected the stitches the best I could (i.e. went from one confetti stitch to the next keeping the thread that stretched from stitch to stitch as short as possible). I find if I have a single stitch, kind of in the middle of things, I do the one stitch, and end the stitch as I would any other. The only thread I tie off now is the beginning and possibly the end when back-stitching.

January 3, 2012 at 10:58 am
(4) Mark says:

I use the “parking” method” which sometimes helps preclude having to end a single stitch. If I have a stitch of the same color within 4 or 5 spaces from the confetti stitch, I will bring the thread up in that location. If the confetti stitch does not occur within a short distance, I will run my thread under several stitches in place and then clip it. I do not any of my stitches.

January 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm
(5) Roz Walters says:

I do the same as Andrea. I’ve used that method for years without any problems. must be honest though, I seldom use designs where I need to bother with single stitches on their own.

One thing I do have a problem with though is beginning and ending in blackwork, or Holbein stitch as it is often known.

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