French Knot Tutorial


Yes, I know just the words "French Knot" can send many running to a dark room to rest a spell.

I used to feel the same way, and would do anything to avoid a French knot when charted. I have Mill Hill beads of every color, purchased as a decoy, to avoid a French knot.

However, that is the old "Ma" as I now have a tried and true, easy and fool proof method to creating the perfect French knot, every single time.

I must warn you, dear friend, that it took some practice and did not come to me over night, but it didn't take long to get the hang of and once I did, I can now French knot my way through any chart!

So, without further adieu, "Ma's French Knot"


✸1   I use a single strand of floss, no more than 6 inches in length, and insert it and draw it up, from the back of my fabric.

✸2   I wrap the floss around the tip of the needle 3 times for an average knot, and more for a larger knot.


✸3   I insert the tip of my needle into the front of my fabric, but not into the same hole that I came up from the back through. I slide my wrapped floss down to the fabric as I insert the needle, and gently pull the rest of the floss strand through, all the while guiding it by holding onto the extra floss "slack" with tension from my left thumb, until it has been drawn a bit through the hole and then I gently hold the knot until the thread is fully through and the knot is set.


See the tension on the "slack" floss
✸4  Repeat these steps, keeping in mind that it is important to use gentle tension when pulling the floss through the knot, using your left thumb on the "slack" as you draw the remaining floss to the knot that is forming, and gently hold the knot until the floss is all pulled through. (This will make sense when you see the video below)

And "viola!" you have the perfect french knot, every single time!


I feel like the trick is in using a shorter strand of floss, sliding the knot down to the fabric and then holding the "slack" floss tight (but not too tight) which allows the knot to stay intact while you are pulling the remaining floss through.

I hope this little tutorial helped, and I would love to hear your feedback and see some pictures of your own french knots, using Ma's method.

I also made a video for you!



Please ignore the dry skin, age spots and goofy voice....just keeping it real!