This week we’ll stitch the two checked patches. Checks can often be found in needlepoint, sometimes as borders. In this piece, as is usually the case, the checks are made of squares of equal size. This is the key to stitching this pattern: Any two stitches of equal size can be used in a check.
If two stitches are the same size, even if they come from different stitch families they can be used together. ‘If you have more than one color in the check, pick one stitch for each color.
You can see in this patch two different options for stitching a check. In both patches, one color uses basic Scotch Stitch. Reverse Scotch, is used in the pink patch (upper left).Scotch Stitch is used in the green patch.
The second color in these patches is a stitch that contrasts with the Scotch Stitches. In the pink patch, the second stitch is below.
In the green patch instead of a Scotch variation, a square cross stitch is used. Double Smyrna Cross, below, doubles the horizontal and vertical stitches in the Upright Cross.