Julias Spitzenkiste
 

The double knot

Work your first exercises on cross-stitch fabric. I have chosen on Linda fabric by Zweigart since it is easily available and inexpensive in Germany, but any cheap 27 count fabric will do.

Fold the fabric at the hemline.

Pull the needle through the fabric from behind at its right-hand edge and hold the end of the thread with your left index finger.
Stitch back at the same point but don't pull the needle completely through. Put the thread coming out of the fabric across the needle to the left.
Now take the thread coming out of the eye of the needle and wrap it around the needle two times counterclockwise.
Then pull the needle through fabric and thread loops and pull gently tight, keeping the thread perpendicular to the fabric edge. Here you see the not yet completely closed double knot.
The finished double knot on the fabric edge.

Since you wrap the thread twice counterclockwise, this knot is designated as double knot.

For the second and every following knot you put the thread coming out of the last knot to the left on your left index finger and fix it with the middle finger.
Put the needle from the front through the fabric in a distance of three fabric threads (two "holes"in the fabric) and slide it under the thread going across the left index finger.
Then you take the thread coming out of the needle eye and wrap it around the nee-dle twice counter-clockwise.
Pull the needle through fabric and thread loops and pull gently tight, keeping the thread perpendicular to the fabric edge.
You will get a small loop of thread between the two knots. These loops are counted in igne oya instructions.

By changing the angle during the tightening of the knot you can influence the length of the loop. By pulling to the right, the loop will get shorter, by pulling to the left, the loop will be longer.

Work six loops more, then reverse the work.
Slip the needle through the first loop from behind and pull the thread through.
Then work the double knot, this time sliding the needle through the loop instead of the fabric.
Triangles happen automatically. Proceed by working one double knot in every loop.

At the end of this row you will have only six loops left, have decreased one loop.

Again you reverse the work as before and start with the next row.

This row will decrease another loop.

You work row for row until you have but one loop left for the last knot. Work this last knot.
Pass the needle through the fabric from behind at the left corner of the triangle you just worked and leave the thread beside the triangle loosely tensioned.

Julias Spitzenkiste