*Stitch Index* 
(Alphabetical)
J - 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 
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Diagonal Stitch - Diagram 1
Diagonal Stitch - Diagram 2
DIAGONAL STITCH
The Diagonal Stitch is excellent for creating a patterned look. However, this stitch is notorious for warping the canvas. A consistant tension must be maintained when 
Diagonal Stitch (Diagram 1):
Bring the needle up at A, move up and to the right over two canvas intersections, bring the needle down at B. Bring the needle up at C, move up and to the right over three canvas intersections, bring the needle down at D. Bring the needle up at E, move up and to the right over four canvas intersections, bring the needle down at F. Bring the needle up at G, move up and to the right over three canvas intersections, bring the needle down at H. Bring the needle up at I, move up and to the right over two canvas intersections, bring the needle down at J. Now, continue on to Diagram 2...
Diagonal Stitch (Diagram 2):
Beginning where we left off at J, bring the needle up at K, move up and to the right over three canvas intersections, bring the needle down at L. Bring the needle up at M, move up and to the right over four canvas intersections, bring the needle down at N. Bring the needle up at O, move up and to the right over three canvas intersections, bring the needle down at P. Bring the needle up at Q, move up and to the right over two canvas intersections, bring the needle down at R. Bring the needle up at S, move up and to the right over three canvas intersections, bring the needle down at T. Bring the needle up at U, move up and to the right over four canvas intersections, bring the needle down at V. Bring the needle up at W, move up and to the right over three canvas intersections, bring the needle down at X. Bring the needle up at Y, move up and to the right over two canvas intersections, bring the needle down at Z. This completes the first row of Diagonal Stitches. Now, continue in the same manner for the next row.
 
working this stitch if you hope to avoid canvas warping. The length of the stitches can be adjusted to whatever you want. Just be sure to remember: the longer the stitch, the more apt it is to snag. To create an exciting look, try using more than one color yarn. Two diagrams have been used to demonstrate this stitch. Clicking on the PRINTABLE VERSION icon, located at the end of the series of diagrams, will direct you to the page to print these instructions.
Diagonal Stitches: The Greatest Hits – Part I
The Background Stitches

Diagonal stitches are stitches that are worked at a slant (diagonally). It is important to maintain an even tension when working diagonal stitches. This will help prevent your canvas from warping. These stitches are often confused with Cross stitches. Although most cross stitches and all diagonal stitches are worked “diagonally”, diagonal stitches do not cross over each other or create a “cross-like” look. In this article the diagonal stitches that are appropriate for working large areas and 
backgrounds will be discussed.

When considering which stitch to use for the background of a piece, one of the more interesting stitches that will spring to mind is the Mosaic Stitch. The mosaic stitch consists of short and long diagonal stitches, which form a block-like pattern. When worked as a straight stitch, the Mosaic Stitch is referred to as the hungarian stitch. This stitch may be worked horizontally or diagonally. The name, mosaic stitch, is derived from the intricate patterns that can be worked up using different colors for the blocks. This is called mosaic work. The mosaic stitch may be worked in large or small areas.

The Scotch Stitch is similar to the mosaic stitch in that they both produce block-type patterns. However the scotch stitch is worked using five stitches as opposed to the mosaic stitch, which is worked using three stitches. The scotch stitch may be worked diagonally or horizontally. The third variation of this stitch, the condensed scotch stitch, should always be worked diagonally. 

The Checker Stitch is a variation of the scotch stitch. The name is derived from the “checker-board look” this stitch creates. Basically, this stitch consists of a series of scotch stitches that alternate with blocks of tent stitches. The use of the tightly stitched tent stitch with the loosely stitched scotch stitch creates an interesting textural effect (the tent stitch appears flat next to the 3-D appearance of the scotch stitch).

The Byzantine Stitch is a quick and easy stitch suitable for filling large areas of canvas. The byzantine stitch creates a step-like pattern. It consists of four diagonal stitches worked horizontally, followed by another four diagonal stitches worked vertically. This pattern of alternating horizontal and vertical diagonal stitches is how the step-like appearance is created. The size of the steps may vary. For example, you may choose to make the diagonal stitches cover two canvas intersections, three canvas intersections or more. Just be sure that all of the diagonal stitches are the same length. 

The Jacquard Stitch is similar to the byzantine stitch, except for the added rows of continental stitches that separate the byzantine stitches within the jacquard stitch. After completing a byzantine stitch, add a row of continental stitches along side. Add another byzantine stitch, and, again, add another row of continental stitches along side. The jacquard stitch, like the byzantine stitch creates a step-like pattern. For a more interesting look, use a different color yarn for the continental stitches.

The Cashmere Stitch creates a pattern of blocks on the canvas. It consists of a tent stitch, followed by two diagonal stitches and another tent stitch. Each of the diagonal stitches should cover two canvas intersections. This stitch may be worked diagonally, horizontally or vertically. When worked using two colors, the cashmere stitch can create a striped appearance. The cashmere stitch may be worked from the left to the right or from the right to the left.

The Kalem Stitch consists of alternating rows of diagonal stitches. This stitch is similar to the stem stitch in that the stitches of each row are slanted in opposite directions. Unlike the stem stitch, which is worked vertically, the kalem stitch is worked horizontally. The kalem stitch is suitable for both large and small canvas areas and can also be worked on rug canvas.

The Stem Stitch consists of rows of diagonal stitches with back stitches worked in between. This stitch is similar to the kalem stitch in that the stitches of each row are slanted in opposite directions. Unlike the kalem stitch, which is worked horizontally, the Stem Stitch is worked vertically. The stem stitch is suitable for both large and small canvas areas.

The Milanese Stitch, like its variation, the oriental stitch is especially good for filling in large areas of canvas. The milanese stitch is a brocade stitch that forms alternating triangles. When complete it gives a zigzag appearance. The Oriental Stitch, like the Milanese stitch is good for filling in large areas of canvas. The Oriental Stitch is a brocade stitch that forms alternating triangles. When complete it gives a zigzag appearance. The oriental stitch begins with a series of milanese stitches. Spaces are left between the rows. These spaces will be filled with diagonal stitches. You may choose to work the diagonal stitches in a different color. This will create an exciting look for your work.

These are just a few of the diagonal stitches that create interesting backgrounds and fill large areas. For a more detailed list of diagonal stitches available and instructions (with diagrams) for working each stitch, visit the Diagonal Stitches page at stitchopedia.com and click on whichever stitch is of interest to you. The choice of a background stitch will depend on what exists in the foreground. If the foreground is full of detail and color, you may not want a background that is too “busy”. In that case, you will want to choose a plain background. This completes the first part of “Diagonal Stitches: The Greatest Hits”. In part two, I will discuss the diagonal stitches that are appropriate for small, detailed work. I will also describe some of the decorative diagonal stitches.
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*Stitch Index* 
(Alphabetical)
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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