The split stitch is the featured stitch in my latest installment of the 100 stitches project. In the process pictures that follow, I am using six strands of dmc floss, color 907 and a #24 chenille needle. This is stitched on 100% cotton quilting weight fabric.
Here are the steps. First, come up through your fabric on your stitching line:
Push the needle back down through the fabric at your preferred stitch length:
Pull all the way through to form a simple stitch:
Come up through the stitch you just formed. Just split it right in the middle with your needle!
Pull the needle and thread all the way through:Now go back down through the fabric - again, at your preferred stitch length:
Pull all the way through to form the next simple stitch:
And then, again, come up right in the middle of this stitch:
Just keep on stitching in this fashion:
and keep going:
Until you have a line of split stitches!
This is such a simple, easy to learn stitch! It is also a good stitch to use for quick outlines. According to 100 Stitches, the split stitch resembles a fine chain stitch and can even be used as a filling stitch. I think it is funny that this "split" stitch is #50 of 100 stitches!
This stitch is in the linked stitches section of 100 Stitches.