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How to start your needlepoint with a waste knot

Start Your Needlepoint With a Waste Knot

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Get your supplies ready

Get your supplies ready

Cut off some yarn

Cut off some yarn

Tie a small knot on one end

Tie a small knot on one end

Thread needle with the other end

Thread needle with the other end

Push the needle through the canvas about an inch away from where you will start the stitch

Push the needle through the canvas about an inch away from where you will start the stitch

The knot will be on what will be the top (image) side of your canvas

The knot will be on what will be the top (image) side of your canvas

Push the needle back up through the canvas where you want to start the stitch. A piece of yarn will be on the bottom side.

Push the needle back up through the canvas where you want to start the stitch. A piece of yarn will be on the bottom side.

Proceed with the continental stitch, in this case one hole over and one hole away from the knot

Proceed with the continental stitch, in this case one hole over and one hole away from the knot

As you push the needle back through the canvas, stitch so that the straight length of yarn will be covered by your stitch, by keeping the straight length in the middle between the two rows of stitches

As you push the needle back through the canvas, stitch so that the straight length of yarn will be covered by your stitch, by keeping the straight length in the middle between the two rows of stitches

Bottom view. Alternate stitches on each side of the straight length to trap it in the middle.

Bottom view. Alternate stitches on each side of the straight length to trap it in the middle.

View after a few stitches

View after a few stitches

Bottom view after a few stitches

Bottom view after a few stitches

When you reach the knot with your stitches, cut off the knot

When you reach the knot with your stitches, cut off the knot

Continue stitching until you have an inch or two of yarn left

Continue stitching until you have an inch or two of yarn left

When you finish your stitch, make a new waste knot an inch or so away from where you will start the new stitch (where you left off on the previous section)

When you finish your stitch, make a new waste knot an inch or so away from where you will start the new stitch (where you left off on the previous section)

Bottom view. Your next few stitches will trap both a section of the previous piece of yarn and a piece from the new waste knot

Bottom view. Your next few stitches will trap both a section of the previous piece of yarn and a piece from the new waste knot

  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Yarn
  • Needlepoint canvas