The split stitch is great for curved lines and outlines. It also makes a smooth filling stitch when worked in rows side by side. Start with an even number of floss strands threaded onto your needle. For a thick outline use 4 or 6 strands; for thinner outlines use 2.
1. Knot your needle, insert into the fabric and pull to the knot, then make a small stitch.
This is what it should look like:
2. Bring the needle back up through the middle of that stitch, here’s a pic from the back as I insert the needle:
Then part the previous stitch right in the middle of the even number of threads, you literally “split the stitch,” here’s a pic from the front:
There you have it, a split stitch. Make another stitch and start over again.
Continue along to make a pretty outline.