How To Make a French Knot Stitch [The EASY Way!]

If you’ve just started learning to embroider, you may have come across a french knot and decided to try your hand at it. This stitch can be somewhat frustrating and challenging. When I first started practicing this stitch, the thread would get tangled and the knot often times would end up looking loose or have a big loop on the surface of the fabric. (ugh!) I thought, how do I make a french knot that looks the pictures?! In this tutorial, I’ll explain to you the easiest way to avoid these problems and make it easier for you!

Making a French Knot Stitch The Easy Way

First, I’ll provide you with a picture of the french knot stitch:

french knot tutorial

Here are some pointers when you’re making a french knot step by step

  1. Come up through the back of the fabric with your needle and thread.

    TIP: I recommend not knotting the end of your thread before you get started, because a lot of times the needle will snag the knot when you come back down through the fabric. Instead, hold the tail of the thread behind your fabric with your middle finger.
  2. With your middle finger still holding the tail on the back of the fabric, take the thread you just pulled through in between your index and thumb finger. Wrap the thread around the needle ( depending on what size you’d like the french knot to be, I normally do 2-3 times).

    TIP: when you wrap this around the needle, you want the wraps to be snug, but not too tight. You’ll see in a moment when you pull the thread through how it can get stuck if it’s too tight
  3. Keeping the wraps snug with your fingers, take the needle back down through where you initially came up. Start pulling your thread through the wraps you made.

    TIP: the trick with this is to not lose tension of the wraps. When you first start pulling the thread through the back of the fabric, still keep a hold on the thread you’ve been holding with your middle, index, and thumb. Once your thread is almost all the way through you can let go.

French Knot Stitch (Video Tutorial)

If you’d like to see this in action, I have a video on youtube that goes into the basics as well as the tips that I touched on above! Hope this helps!

Like any new skill, this stitch will take some practice. But once you’ve learned how to master this knot, you’ll be able to use it in all sorts of different ways, from filling in large areas, so using them for the center of flowers. They add a lot of dimension to your embroidery keep things interesting!

flower with french knot stitches

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