Cretan Stitch. A stitch which, when worked closely, gives the appearance of close plaiting. To work, draw two parallel lines, bring the needle from the under to the upper surface of the material, on the left-hand corner of the lowest line but one. The needle in working is always at right angles to these lines. Insert the needle in the top line slightly further to the right of where it came out on the bottom line, and take a small stitch downwards ; then insert it in the bottom line and similarly take a small stitch upwards. In taking the stitch the thread must be kept to the left of the needle as in the illustration, or the plaiting will not take place. The illustration is drawn more openly than worked, in order to distinguish the threads.

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