The French Knot
is a common stitch used in
smocking designs. Like all other embellishment stitches,
it is worked on the top of the pleat.
Start by bringing the thread up the very top of the pleat.
With the needle pointing up, wrap the thread once around
the needle (Step 1). Insert the needle at the start of
the stitch, still at the top of the pleat (Step 2). Before
pulling the needle through, tighten the wrap.