Using Running Stitch to Add Emphasis

One thing I love about the designers who contribute to Interweave Knits is the way they incorporate standard practices with new ideas. Take for example, the running stitch. Anyone with sewing experience will know that the running stitch is one of the most basic of all hand-sewing stitches. It’s the foundation of the basting stitch, and can be used to make decorative ruching.

Two designs in our Interweave Knits Fall 2010 issue use a running stitch—or the appearance of running stitch—to add emphasis to the overall garment. Yumiko Sakurai’s Running Stitch Skirt employs the illusion of running stitch to add overall visual interest to a classic skirt silhouette.



Yumiko’s use of working two different colors into the main color with a combination of reverse stockinette and slip stitches creates the running stitch effect. The purl bumps mimic the long stitches of thread in the fabric, while the slip stitches imitate the in-and-out woven look of the stitch.

Melissa Wehrle’s Elementary Vest combines a duplicate stitch technique and running stitch to add in the third color to the plaid fabric. Working the running stitch in both horizontal rows and vertical columns gives you the classic plaid feel of a single shot of thread in a bright color.



Using traditional techniques in new and exciting ways can never be a bad thing when it comes to knitting.

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