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Cloth Stitch and Twist

How to do a cloth stitch and twist

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Working: Swap the middle two bobbins (left over right), then both the outer pairs (right over left), then the middle two bobbins (left over right), then both the outer pairs (right over left).

A cloth stitch and twist is the same as two half stitches using the same two pairs.

This is sometimes called whole stitch. However, cloth stitch can also be called whole stitch, so I avoid that name altogether. Other words for this stitch are double stitch, whole throw and double passing. The German for this stitch is Ganzschlag, the Dutch is dubbele netslag (or double half stitch) and the French is (I think) point.

This definition of Cloth Stitch and Twist belongs to the Cross twist lace tradition. Click here for the difference between Cross twist and Twist cross.

The bobbin pairs stay together whenever you use cloth stitch and twist.

Cloth stitch and twist ground
Double Torchon ground. This is cloth stitch and twist, pin, cloth stitch and twist. See pattern 140.

Twisted footside
Twisted footside. This uses cloth stitch and twist throughout (apart from possibly twisting the edge pair for strength). See pattern 5.