The Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch (also called the Hungarian Chain Stitch or the Hungarian Braid Stitch) is worked in a manner similar to a reverse chain stitch or a heavy chain stitch, with one notable difference that gives a completely different look to the line.
I love this stitch! It is fun to work, it works up rather quickly, and it can be used anywhere you want a heavier chain-stitch-like line that has a bit of texture to it and looks braided. It really is a lovely stitch!
The Hungarian braided chain stitch works well on straight lines, gently curved lines, and even on tightly curved lines. Practically anywhere you can work a chain stitch, you can work this stitch.
In most books, you’ll see the stitch diagrammed in such a way that it looks really easy just to follow the diagram – but in fact, it can be rather frustrating to work when you try to pick up the inside stitch. In the video, I’ll show you the easy way to do this.
Another point about the way the Hungarian braided chain stitch is diagrammed in books: it is usually shown worked from the top of a line, towards the stitcher. You can actually work this stitch in any direction – left to right, right to left, top to bottom, bottom to top. I find it easier to work the stitch away from me rather than towards me. It’s worth taking some time to play around with the stitch to find out which way is more comfortable for you to work it.
Here’s the video – I hope you enjoy it!
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