How do you do a waste knot in cross stitch?

What is an away knot?

The away waste knot is a method of anchoring your stitching which is particularly useful at the very beginning of your stitching, when there are no other stitches around to use for anchoring the floss.

Why do you start cross stitch in the middle?

The most obvious reason to start in the middle is that you can be sure not to run out of fabric. And you will have plenty of room for your design. There is also less risk of finishing your work off-center. Starting your cross stitch in the middle has its benefits.

How do you calculate cross stitch size?

Look at your chart and count the number of stitches in each direction. Divide this number by the number of stitches to 2.5cm (1in) on the fabric of your choice and this will determine the completed design size. For example, 140 stitches divided by 14-count aida equals a design size of 10in (25.5cm).

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