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Make a French Knot

Tying Your Work up in Knots


French Knots

French Knots worked with the yarn wrapped around the needle three times.

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French knots are a fun and easy way to add a little zing to your knitting, whether you want to use them as the center of embroidered or knit flowers, as the eyes for a doll or just as random decoration on a knitting project.

To make them, you'll need a length of yarn, any color you like, and a yarn needle.

Thread the needle, tie a knot at the end of the yarn and bring the needle up through the knitting, from back to front, in the place where you want the knot to be.

Wrap the yarn around the needle at least once, but as many as five or six times. The more times you wrap the yarn, the bigger your knot will be. The knots pictured used three wraps.

Place the needle back through the knit fabric, close to where you came up, but not exactly the same place.

Slowly pull the needle through. You may need to hold the knot as the eye of the needle goes through the fabric so it doesn't pull to the back.

Continue in this manner until you have all the French knots you want.

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