Sunday, 21 February 2021

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 161: Ceylon Stitch

Here is a stitch often used in stumpwork. It is also good for filling in larger areas, but can be used as a band, too. It looks like knitting.

Other names are: Peruvian Knitting, Knitting Stitch.

Do you know any other name? If so, please leave a comment.

Work Ceylon Stitch like this: 

Make a long Straight Stitch.

Couch it down with the same thread.

Come out one step below the first one.
Go through the first loop, make sure you don't catch any fabric.
Keep the thread under the needle as if you were making a 
Buttonhole Stitch.


At the end of the line, anchor the stitch.

Start again on the left side. Here I have changed to a different
colour to make it easier to see the pattern.

Work your way from left to right, catching only 
the crossed loop of the previous line.

Anchor at the end of the line.

Continue in the same way. When you have 
finished the last line, go back
and anchor all the loops.

Finally you will have a line of 'knitting'.

The three samplers: 
Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart and 
Teal Wool Tailoring Scribble Cloth.


  1. It's always been Ceylon stitch to me, and I seem to remember using it in almost my very first piece of embroidery!

  2. Another Stitch Great. Once I have tried this stitch.I think It will make thick borders.

  3. It looks like a cute little sweater!

  4. Isn't that pretty! I really like the two-tone look too!


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