Knotted chain stitch
- Link stitch
This surface stitch is formed by loops of thread anchored by slanted stitches and small knots. It forms small linked circles and is more intricate than most of the other versions of chain stitch.
The earliest citation of this stitch is in Mrs Christie’s 1921 book, Samplers and stitches.
Bring your needle up at the right-hand end of the design line and then take it down slightly to the left and just above the line to form a slanted stitch.
Bring your needle up immediately below the design line, in line with where it was taken down.
Throw your thread to the left and (without piercing the fabric) slide your needle under the slanted stitch. Leave a loop on the surface.
Throw your thread to the left again, but this time take your needle under the loop and up through the middle of it. Draw your thread through to the desired size of chain.
Structure of stitch
Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.55–6
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.38–9