Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 30, 2007

TAST Knotted Cretan

I almost gave up on this stitch, before I started. I haven’t posted my first efforts as I couldn’t embarrass myself. : – (

This stitch is worse than my pet hate..the Long and Short stitch.

My colourful effort is not good either and I can’t say whether many, or even any, are correctly knotted. I found I could manage the top sections but not the lower.

After many tries I found I was holding the thread wrongly and was trying to knot around the wrong bit.

The pink one is definitely not correct. No real Cretan stitch and just sort of tied. Grrr… I persevered…..after all TAST is about learning how to do the stitches.

The green is better and I think I am getting the hang of it.

Yes, the work is more even and the knots look right now. I have even turned the end bit.

This looks okay too.

Oh YES! After drawing two circles and having a guide I really got going and with great excitement and enthusiasm, kept going until the thread ran out.


Lastly I tried to curve the work and I was okay until the end bit. Looks like I need to work on those bends.

I take back my words about this stitch, Long/short is definitely worse for me. This one, once nutted out is lovely to do.

Thanks again Sharon for the stretching excercise.

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Responses

  1. My dear stitcher….yours resembles the Cretan stitch! I am glad you posted ALL of your attempts at this. It shows the progress of the learning curve.

    I love the colorful circle. Perfection at its best.

    Check out mine, it is really the Knotted Fly stitch.

  2. Oh wow, you did a great job! Much better than I did. I didn’t like this stitch, but maybe I didn’t try it hard enough? :))

  3. Great work with the Cretan. It is a treat to go through the rest of your blog, too.

  4. Thank you girls for your kind comments and to Elizabeth for giving me a buzz to start the day.

  5. I had exactly the same problems as you. I laughed while I was reading your step by step descriptions as it was the same as I went through. Couldn’t work out that bottom knot, no way would it go where I wanted it to. Good on you for persevering. I kinda gave up and let it do what it wanted to. Annetteb

  6. I love the variegated circle.

  7. […] The link to my Knotted Cretan in TAST 1  is here […]

  8. Hi Maureen, you progressed very well with this , and the end results of the circles and the curves are lovely.

  9. I love the colorful circle. I’m glad to see I am not the only one who wasn’t excited about this stitch!

  10. Hi Maureen, I have come to you via Shirley from Stitches and Life. I too struggled with going in circles with the Cretin, but yours turned out superbly. Had to keep referring to my instructions for this stitch as I was getting confused, but love it just the same. Look forward to following along with you, Dianne.

  11. Thanks Dianne. I was pleased that I finally sorted the movements for this stitch. Use it often on your works and it will become easier each time.


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