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Working the Herringbone Stitch
Directions for Working the Herringbone Stitch

Working the Herringbone Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The herringbone stitch is worked along parallel lines on an evenweave fabric. These lines can be marked using a water soluble fabric pen or pencil, or you can count the threads in your fabric to space the stitches.

Work the stitch from left to right: Bring the needle up through the fabric at the lower left at 1 and work a stitch diagonally to the upper right at 2.

Bring the needle up again to the left of your insertion hole at 3, and then work a stitch diagonally to the lower right at 4.

Repeat to the end of the row.

The herringbone stitches can be worked closely together to form a dense line, or spaced further apart for a looser line.

A wider or two-color band can be stitched as well using the double herringbone stitch.

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