TechniquesThe diagonal basketweave stitch on mono canvas

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The diagonal basket weave method is a perfect way to make your little stitches on canvas. The yarn does cover the canvas very well, it gives a nice surface. Because the basketweave stitch takes more yarn your work will be more sturdy and have a longer life.

upward = horizontal
If the stitch to be made goes across a horizontal cross, this stitch is then made with a horizontal needle movement, creating an upward row.
downward = vertical
The stitch to be made goes across a vertical cross, this stitch is then made with a vertical needle movement, creating a downward row.
Stitching in diagonal rows.
The basketweave stitch is done in diagonal rows. A basketweave pattern of horizontal and vertical long stitches is created on the back. It is very important that the diagonal rows alternately go upwards and then downwards again. The top strand of fabric on the cross to be stitched determines the row direction: On a horizontal cross the needle goes horizontally through the canvas, creating an upward row. On a vertical cross the needle goes vertically through the canvas, creating a downward row. Only when changing row direction does the needle go diagonally through the canvas. This is the case for the border and outside borders of every coloured area. Below the various turning points have been drawn.

Making a straight right side . . .

. . . and through with an upward row.


Making a straight top side . . .

. . . and through with a downward row.

Making a straight left side . . .

. . . and through with a downward row.

Making a straight bottom side . . .

. . . and through with an upward row.

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