French Knot Tutorial

french knots

French Knots are as Cute as a Little Button!

I’m a big fan of the french knot and I’m “knot” the only one 😉. Not only are they cute and adorable, but you can really get into a zone which can be very meditative when you’re making a bunch of them.

They can be used as filler or accents, and they’re awesome for adding texture to your embroidery work. Use them for things like floral elements, decorative elements, animal fur (like little sheep), and anything else you can imagine.

There is a tiny bit of hand coordination involved with the french knot and your left and right hands will have to team up for a moment to ensure your knot looks beautiful. Once you get the hang of it (and it won’t take long) it’ll become like second nature! It can even become meditative when you’re creating a bunch.

It requires wrapping thread around your needle and the number of wraps can vary depending on how small or large you want it to be. How tightly you pull on your thread can also affect the size of your knot. These are a few things to keep in mind.

If you want to follow along with me, use 6 strands of thread in your favorite color.

Step-by-step French Knot Tutorial

I’ll make my french knots in red, just below my green back stitch. Bring your thread through to the top of your fabric.

red thread pulled through fabric

Next, hold your needle in front of you and wrap your thread, over and around your needle twice.

thread wrapped around needle

Carefully push your needle halfway through the same hole you came up from (or as close as possible) and gently pull your thread until the wraps hug your needle.

needle holding knot in place on top of fabric

Hold your thread down gently agains your fabric and pull your needle to the back. Carefully pull your thread through until if forms a knot.

french knot

I think it resembles a tiny little rose. Practice varying up the number of threads and wraps to get a sense for how big or small your knots will be.

running stitch, back stitch, and french knot


  • The tighter you pull your thread through to make your knots the smaller it will be compared to a knot pulled gently with the same number of threads.
  • If you’re making a series of french knots which will be place away from each other keep in mind that thread can sometimes show through in the front of your fabric so keep that in mind.
  • One more thing… if you decide you’d like to stitch using metallic threads, it’s a bit tricky so definitely practice using regular thread first. Just take it slow.

I hope the tips come in handy!

Don’t forget to take a peek at other stitch tutorials! If you’re a beginner you may want to start with the 5 basic embroidery stitches post.

French Knot Video Tutorial


And there you have it! You can practice this stitch on your own pattern or if you’ve already signed up for my newsletter and I’ll send you a download to my free floral embroidery pattern!

❤️ Thanks for following along & happy stitching!

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Floral pattern made with 5 basic embroidery stitches

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