Friday, May 2, 2008

Part 2: handsewing for handknitters: starting off with a DOUBLED thread

Yesterday's post (starting a single thread in fabric--first knot) was incomplete, as I realized after it went live. Here is the missing part--starting off with a DOUBLED thread--first knot.
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This is part 2 of a 5 part series on hand sewing for knitters
Part 1: Starting off
Part 2: Starting off with a doubled thread (this post)
part 3: the running stitch 
part 4: the back stitch
part 5: the overcast stitch (best way to attach lining fabric to knitting) 

--TECHknitter (You have been reading TECHknitting on: hand sewing for hand knitters: starting a doubled thread)


Molly said...

I've always done it the opposite way; I thread both ends through the needle and then, upon coming back through the fabric, go through the loop. That way there's no visible knot and I don't have to worry about a knot untying. I grant it might be harder to unpick after the fact, and you have to thread twice, but it's always worked well for me.

GORGEOUS diagrams, by the way! Very helpful indeed.

--TECHknitter said...

Dear Molly: Can you describe this a bit more? It sounds intriguing! Thanks for writing--TK

Molly said...

Sure, happy to! Basically, by folding a length of thread or yarn in half and threading both ends through the needle, it creates a long loop, much like tying a knot does in your example. Then I can put the needle through the fabric from the back, then from the front, and thread the needle through the end of that loop to hold it tight. It becomes almost invisible, a tiny little slipknot of a thing, and I can keep sewing.

Hope that description helps! I don't have your skill with images, so words will have to suffice.

arlo gilbert said...

This is a great handsewing techique starting off with a double thread.. Really great..

Shakespere said...

This is all such a lost art. Nicely done blog.

Anonymous said...

So Molly's way knots the thread when the sewing is finished, right? you leave the two ends hanging while sewing, so you are actually taking 4 lengths of thread through each time you create a stitch?

TECHknitter said...

The way I understand what Molly is saying that the thread is threaded through the needle "upside down," with two ends forming a partial fold-over near the eye, and the the doubled-over bottom (center) of the length at the long end of the thread. It is true that with this set up, 4 strands of yarn are going through each time the needle is pulled through the yarn, but only two strands remain in the fabric, as the thread is folded only part-way at the top. As the top fold clears the fabric,only the two strands from the bottom of the thread to the needle eye remain in the fabric, the folded-over partial tail (2 strands through eye) being pulled clear.