German knotted blanket stitch

German Knotted Blanket Stitch

German knotted blanket stitch is one of the decorative variations of the Blanket stitch. Visually, it may seem similar to a Mirrored blanket stitch, but the embroidery techniques of these two stitches are different.

Applications Of This Hand Embroidery Stitch

This simple yet very decorative stitch looks excellent in border designs. You can apply several rows of these stitches in different colors close to each other to create a colorful decorative border. Also, one row of the stitch will look amazing.

You can achieve different visual effects by changing the gaps between the Blanket stitches looped together or by changing the height of the stitch.

German knotted blanket stitch embroidered with orange thread - front side
German knotted blanket stitch back side

How To Embroider German Knotted Blanket Stitch

German knotted blanket stitch step 1
German knotted blanket stitch step 2
  • Mark two parallel lines. 
  • Start at the top left corner and make a Blanket stitch.
  • Add one more Blanket stitch close to the previous one.
  • Pass the needle under both stitches from right to left and tighten the loop.
  • Make two more Blanket stitches and loop them.

More Stitches From The Blanket Stitch Family

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will have you creating the German knotted blanket stitch like a pro in no time.

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

Need More Guidance?

The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn is a free online course created for beginners.

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