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Backstitch Base for a Knit or Crochet Border on Fabric

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Stitchopedia Tutorial

This backstitch base can be worked around towels, blankets, hems, and more to add on a knit or crochet border or trim.

Backstitch Base for a Knit or Crochet Border Stitchopedia Video Tutorial - Cover

Use this technique to make loops on fabric that you can knit or crochet into. This really opens up so many possibilities. It’s a good idea to make the backstitch with crochet thread, even if you’re using a different yarn for the knit or crochet section.

Backstitch Base for a Knit or Crochet Border Stitchopedia Video Tutorial - Pin 1

Video

If you can’t see this video, try watching it on YouTube HERE.

Supplies used in video and photos

Written instructions with photos

Thread up some crochet thread onto a sharp needle, and put a knot in the end. Slide the needle inside the hem and poke it through the edge of the hem. Pull thread, insert needle about 1/4″ behind where thread came out of hem, then bring it back out 1/4″ in front of where thread came out of hem. Pull thread to finish stitch, but don’t pull tight. First backstitch made.

Insert needle in end of stitch behind the thread coming out of hem, then bring it back out 1/4″ in front of the thread coming out of hem, pull thread to finish stitch, but don’t pull tight. Second backstitch made.

Backstitch Around Towel

Keep on making backstitches until just 6 inches of thread remains. End off thread by inserting needle at end of last stitch, then bury the needle through the stitching in the hem. Bury needle back in the other direction and pull thread, then clip.

Weave in Starting Tail

To start a new piece of thread, bury needle through hem stitching in one direction, pull until thread end is just inside hem then bury needle back the other direction and poke out 1/4″ in front of last stitch, pull through.

Weave in Ending Tail copy

Make backstitch all the way around piece, taking care not to make stitches tight so you can fit your needle or hook through the stitches.

Ready to add the Border

Now you’re ready to knit or crochet into the stitches!

Knit Border Done

Here are some supplies you may find useful.

WeCrochet Curio 3
Artesprix Poly Sports Towel Blank
Artesprix Sublimation Markers

Happy stitching my friends.

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