known. It was originally worked without a needle (by hand and fingers) during the process of weaving a rug. The turkey stitch may be worked on mono or double (penelope) canvas. Three 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.
Turkey Stitch (Diagram 1):
To begin this stitch, leave a small amount of yarn flowing free, as demonstrated in the above diagram. Bring the needle up at A (notice that the yarn is worked UNDER the verical thread at A), move to the right over two canvas threads, bring the needle down at B. Move under the canvas thread at B and under the vertical canvas thread (following the red arrow), create a loop and prepare to begin the next stitch. You will need to hold the loop in place with your thumb until the next stitch is complete. This stitch is somewhat difficult to explain clearly. The yarn is worked under both the vertical and horizontal canvas threads at A. The yarn is then moved across to B, where is worked under both the horizontal and
Turkey Stitch (Diagram 2):
This diagram illustrates how a row of turkey stitches should look when complete. The red arrows indicate where the yarn should be cut - if you choose to cut the yarn. Now, continue on to Diagram 3...
Turkey Stitch (Diagram 3):
This diagram illustrates how multiple rows of turkey stitches should be worked. As you can see, the red arrow indicates where the next row overlaps the first row. This diagram also shows how the turkey stitch should look when the loops are cut.