Crested Chain Stitch

Schematic drawing of a crested chain stitch. Schematic drawing of a crested chain stitch.

The crested chain stitch is a composite stitch that combines a chain stitch and a coral stitch. It is used to make a broad, decorative braided band.

It is worked between two parallel lines (drawn) from top to bottom. First a chain stitch is made at the top right hand corner on the right-hand line, followed by a coral stitch on the opposite left-hand line. Then needle and thread are carried underneath the composite stitch just made, and another chain stitich is made underneath the first, followed by a coral stitch opposite.

Also known as the Spanish coral stitch.


  • CLAYTON, Mary (2007). The Needlecrafter's Companion. 1001 Stitch Terms and Techniques, London: Collins and Brown, p. 43.
  • EATON, Jan (1986). The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia, Twickenham: Hamlyn Publishing, pp. 40, 42.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 24 January 2017).


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