*Stitch Index* 
(Alphabetical)
I - Z

Jacquard Stitch

Kalem Stitch

Kelim Stitch

Kilim Stitch

Knitting Stitch

Knitting Stitch (Diagonal)

Knitting Stitch 
(Reverse Tvistom)

Knotted Stitch

Knotted Stitch (Single)

Ladder Stitch

Leaf Stitch

Leaf Stitch (Diagonal)

Leaf Stitch with Backstitch

Leviathan Stitch

Leviathan Stitch (Double)

Leviathan Stitch 
(Triple)

Long Armed Cross Stitch

Long Stitch

Long and Short Stitch

Loop Stitch

Mexican Cross Stitch

Milanese Stitch

Montenegrin Stitch

Moorish Stitch

Mosaic Stitch

Mosaic Stitch (Crossed)

Mound Stitch

Nobuko Stitch

Oblique Stitch

Oblique Stitch (Diagonal)

Oblique Stitch (Reverse)

Oblique Slav Stitch

Oblong Cross Stitch

Oblong Cross Stitch with Backstitch

Oriental Stitch

Outline Stitch

Palestrina Stitch

Palace Pattern Stitch

Paris Stitch

Parisian Stitch

Pavillion Stitch

Perspective Stitch

Plait Stitch

Plait Stitch (Crossed)

Plait Stitch (Square)

Plaited Edge Stitch

Plaited Gobelin Stitch

Plaited Interlaced Stitch

Portuguese Cross Stitch

Portuguese Stem Stitch

Princess Pattern Stitch

Pyramid Stitch

Quick Point

Raised Stitch

Raised Cross Stitch

Ray Stitch

Ray Stitch (Expanded)

Renaissance Stitch

Rep Stitch

Reverse Bargello

Reversed Basketweave Stitch

Reversed Cross Stitch

Rhodes Stitch

Ribbed Wheels Stitch

Rice Stitch

Rice Stitch (Padded)

Rococco Stitch

Roman Stitch

Rope Stitch

Roumanian Stitch

Rug Binding Stitch

Rya Stitch

Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch
 (Alternating)

Satin Stitch
 (Padded)

Scotch Stitch

Scotch Stitch (Alternating)

Scotch Stitch (Condensed)

Scotch Stitch (Crossed)

Scotch Stitch (Woven)

Scottish Stitch

Sheaf Stitch

Shell Stitch

Single Knotted Stitch

Slanted Gobelin Stitch

Smyrna Cross Stitch

Sorbello Stitch

Soumak Stitch

Spanish Stitch

Spider Web Stitch

Split Stitch

Sprats Head Stitch

Square Plait Stitch

Star Stitch

Star Stitch (Large)

Stem Stitch

Stem Stitch
 (Diagonal)

Stepped Sheaf Stitch

Surrey Stitch

Sutherland Pattern Stitch

Tapestry Stitch

Tent Stitch

Tent Stitch (Alternating)

Tent Stitch
 (Diagonal Mosaic)

Tie Stitch

Trame

Trammed Tent Stitch

Triangle Stitch

Tufting Stitch

Turkey Stitch

Tvistom Stitch

Two Sided Italian 
Cross Stitch

Upright Cross Stitch

Van Dyke Stitch

Velvet Stitch

Waffle Stitch

Wave Stitch (Closed)

Wave Stitch (Open)

Weaving Stitch

Web Stitch

Wheat Sheaf Stitch

Woven Band Stitch 

Woven Pattern 
Stitch


CRETAN STITCH
The Cretan Stitch is a good choice for working borders as well as unique shapes and oblong areas. It is a member of the looped stitch family, therefore, it must be 
CRETAN STITCH 
DIAGONAL VARIATION
 
worked using a loose tension. It will be necessary to hold the loop of each stitch as you work until the next stitch anchors it down. When done correctly, the basic cretan stitch will look as if a braid is worked down the center. There are three variations of this stitch. They are: the basic cretan stitch, the leaf cretan stitch and the diagonal cretan stitch. Two diagrams have been used to illustrate the basic cretan stitch, plus one diagram for the leaf cretan stitch and one diagram for the diagonal cretan stitch.
Cretan Stitch - Diagram 1
Cretan Stitch - Diagram 2
Cretan Stitch Leaf Variation - Diagram 1
Diagonal Cretan Stitch - Diagram 1
Cretan Stitch (Diagram 1):
Bring the needle up at A, move to the right over six canvas threads, bring the needle down at B. Be sure to work this initial stitch, illustrated in light blue, using a loose tension. This will help give it a very small "looped" appearance. This next stitch is illustrated in dark blue. Bring the needle up at D, move to the right over four canvas threads and up over one canvas thread, bring the needle down at C. At this point, the yarn will be worked OVER the A/B stitch, pulling the A/B stitch down. Now, continue on to Diagram 2...
Cretan Stitch (Diagram 2):
Beginning where we left off at C, bring the needle up at E, move to the right over four canvas threads, bring the needle down at F. Bring the needle up at H, move to the left over four canvas threads, bring the needle down at G. Bring the needle up at I, move to the right over four canvas threads, bring the needle down at J. Bring the needle up at L, move to the left over four canvas threads, bring the needle down at K. Bring the needle up at M, move to the right over four canvas threads, bring the needle down at NAs you can see from the diagrams, the stitches are worked over and around the previous stitch, NOT the canvas threads. This completes the cretan stitch. To appreciate the full effect of this stitch, it needs to be worked on canvas. The illustrations do not do it justice.
CRETAN STITCH
 LEAF VARIATION
Cretan Stitch Leaf Variation (Diagram 1):
This variation of the cretan stitch creates a "leaf" shape. It is worked using larger loops than the regular cretan stitch. Bring the needle up at A and create a loop. Holding the loop in place, return to where we started at A, bring the needle down. Bring the needle up at B, move up and to the left over one canvas intersection and create a loop. Be sure to work the yarn OVER the previous loop (A). This will hold the first loop in place. Again, work the yarn over and around the yarn, not the canvas thread. Holding the new loop in place, bring the needle down at C. Bring the needle up at D, move up over one canvas thread and to the right over two canvas threads and create a loop. Holding the new loop in place, bring the needle down at E. Bring the needle up at F, move up over one canvas thread and to the left  over two canvs threads, bring the needle down at G. Again, be sure that you follow the diagram to see which stitches are worked to hold the previous loops in place. Continue working in this manner until you reach the end of the row.
Cretan Stitch Diagonal Variation (Diagram 1):
This variation of the cretan stitch is worked diagonally, hence the name. Bring the needle up at A, move down and to the left over six canvas intersections, bring the needle down at B. Remember to keep the yarn tension loose enough to create a loop. Bring the needle up at C, working the needle OVER the previous stitch, move up over three canvas threads and to the right over five canvas threads, bring the needle down at D. Again, remember to keep the yarn tension loos enough to create a loop. Bring the needle up at E, working the needle OVER the previous stitch, move down over five canvas threads and to the left over four canvas threads, bring the needle down at F. Yet again, remember to keep the yarn tension loos enough to create a loop. Bring the needle up at G, working the needle OVER the previous stitch, move up over three canvas threads and to the right over five canvas threads, bring the needle down at H. Bring the needle up at I, working the needle OVER the previous stitch, move down over five canvas threads and to the left over four canvas threads, bring the needle down at J. This completes the diagonal variation of the cretan stitch. And again, it needs to be worked to be appreciated.
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*Stitch Index* 
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A - I

2,4,6,8 & Tie Stitch

Algerian Eye Stitch

Algerian Eye Daisy
 Stitch

Algerian Filling Stitch

Algerian Plait Stitch

Alternating Cross 
Stitch

Astrakhan Stitch

Aubusson Stitch

Back Stitch

Bargello Stitch

Basketweave Stitch

Bazaar Stitch

Binding Stitch

Bokhara Couching Stitch

Bokhara Couching Stitch (Diagonal)

Bokhara Couching Stitch (Staggered)

Brazilian Stitch

Brick Stitch

Brighton Stitch

Bullion Knot

Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch (Detached)

Buttonhole Stitch (Double)

Buttonhole Stitch (Tailored)

Buttonhole Stitch (Whipped)

Buttonhole Wheel
 Stitch

Byzantine Stitch

Cable Stitch

Cashmere Stitch

Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch
 (Braided Variation)

Chain Stitch
 (Heavy Variation)

Chain Stitch
 (Interlaced Variation)

Chain Stitch (Lazy
 Daisy Variation)

Chain Stitch
 (Raised Variation)

Checker Stitch

Continental Stitch

Coral Knot Stitch

Couching Stitch

Couching Stitch (Buttonhole Variation)

Couching Stitch (Herringbone Variation)

Couching Stitch
 (Open Chain  Variation)

Cretan Stitch

Cretan Stitch 
(Diagonal Variation)

Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch (Bound)

Cross Stitch (Diagonal)

Cross Stitch (Heavy)

Cross Stitch (Houndstooth)

Cross Stitch (Reinforced)

Cross Stitch
 (Reversed Double)

Cross Stitch
 (Staggered)

Cross Stitch (St.Andrew)

Cross Stitch
 (St.George)

Cross Stitch (Trame)

Cross Stitch (Triple)

Cross Stitch
 (Two-Sided)

Cross Stitch
 (Woven)

Cushion Stitch

Czar Stitch

Diagonal Stitch

Darning Stitch

Diagonal Buttonhole Stitch

Diagonal Interlaced Stitch

Diagonal Leaf Stitch

Diamond Stitch

Diamond Eyelet Stitch

Diaper Pattern Stitch

Double Cross Stitch

Double Knot Stitch

Double Star Stitch

Double Stitch

Double Straight
 Cross Stitch

Droit Stitch

Eastern Stitch

Economic Stitch

Egyptian Stitch

Encroaching Slanted Gobelin Stitch

Eye Stitch

Eye Stitch with Backstitch

Fan Stitch

Fancy Stitch

Feather Stitch

Fern Stitch

Fishbone Stitch

Fishbone Stitch (Diagonal)

Flame Stitch

Flat Stitch

Flat Stitch (Crossed)

Florentine Stitch

Florentine Stitch (Split)

Fly Stitch (Closed)

French Knot

French Stitch

Ghiordes Knot

Gobelin Stitch

Gobelin Droit Stitch

Gobelin Filling Stitch

Gobelin Stitch 
(Trammed Upright)

Greek Stitch

Half Cross Stitch

Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone Stitch (Double)

Herringbone Gone Wrong Stitch

Herringbone Stitch
 (Six Step)

Hobnail Stitch

Hungarian Stitch

Hungarian Diamond Stitch

Hungarian Ground 
Stitch

Hungarian Ground 
Stitch (Diagonal)

Hungarian Point Stitch

Interlocking Gobelin Stitch

Irish Stitch
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