Closed Cretan Stitch

Closed Cretan Stitch is worked in entirely the same way as Open Cretan Stitch but the stitches are produced close together. This stitch is really useful for creating leaves and feather shapes and has a lovely plaited appearance to the centre line.

Ok, to work Closed Cretan Stitch. Mark 4 lines as before and then bring your needle up at 1, down at 2 and up at 3. With the thread beneath your needle pull through. Now keeping the spacing close take your needle down at 4 and up at 5, again with your thread beneath your needle pull through. Now continue working stitches close together along your line.


  1. Hi, I am using this stitch for a matrioska doll. Thanks for the tutorial. Maria

  2. Hi Maria,

    Thats great glad to know you found the tutorial useful!


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