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French Knot Tutorial (with video)

July 18, 2018

How to make a French Knot by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

I LOVE French Knots!  In my opinion, this stitch is a must-have in your stitching arsenal.  They add texture and are very versatile in how you can use them.

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1. Bring your needle up through the fabric where you want your knot to be.

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2. Wrap your floss around the needle 2 times.

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3. While holding the needle in your predominant hand (for me it's my right hand), be sure to hold the floss coming off the wrapped needle in your other hand (my left).  Then place the tip of the needle down right next to where your needle originally came up.  Slowly pull that needle through the fabric. 

How to stitch a French Knot by And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

And there you have it.  You have 1 completed French Knot. 


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Now you can get more creative and vary the size of French Knots based on how many times you wrap the floss around the needle. In the photos above, I am showing you those differences.  From top to bottom, you can see the following:

  • 1st Knot: 1 wrap around the needle
  • 2nd Knot: 2 wraps around the needle
  • 3rd Knot: 3 wraps around the needle
  • 4th Knot: 4 wraps around the needle
  • 5th Knot: 5 wraps around the needle


  • In the knots shown above, I used 6 strands of floss.
  • By holding that floss as you pull the needle through, you are creating a soft tension that will keep that French Knot smooth and uniform and will also prevent the floss from tangling up before it completes the stitch.
  • Each person's French Knot size will be a little different.  This is because each person holds tension on the floss differently.  If you have high tension and pull your needle tight, then your French Knot will be smaller.  And vice versa will create a more loose, larger French knot.  So experiment and get to know your preference.

 To read through all the other stitches in my library, click HERE.


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