The Japanese Darning Stitch can be used as a filling stitch, or as a pretty border, row or edging. It is worked in multiple passes, with the horizontal running stitches worked first, followed by diagonal stitches that tie the rows of running stitches together, forming a zigzag or box pattern.
The diagram above shows a completed set of stitches, forming a row. However the stitch can be used to form very wide bands by adding additional rows of stitches to the first completed set.
To work the stitch, work three rows of horizontal running stitch, staggering the rows so the the first and thrid rows are spaced identically, while the second row staggers the placement in the other two rows. The stitches should be placed relatively close together, so that the diagonal passes form a triangular-shaped unit.
Next, work the diagonal stitches as shown.
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