Wonder how this chain stitch could alternate colors?!By using the checkered chain stitch - the latest stitch I have learned from 100 stitches. What a fun stitch this is to do! Fun and very easy. I love the way that it works outlining this Be Mine valentine heartTo stitch the checkered chain stitch, you will need two contrasting colored threads. For my demonstration, I used red and blue:
You only need one needle, which you thread with both floss threads. Knot them together at the other end:Come up through your fabric: Now take a stitch, just like you are setting up a regular chain stitch:
but now the special part of this stitch. Only one colored thread goes under the needle. The other color just lays on top:pull everything through just like a normal chain stitch:the threads just line themselves up and you have your first completed stitch:Now set up for the second stitch just like you would a regular chain stitch:Bring your needle through just like a regular chain stitch:But now...bring the other color under the needle and let the first color lay on the top. Here are two views: pull through to complete the second stitch:Now set up for the third stitch and this time the first color goes under the needle again and the second color lays on top:Pull all the way through: and you are on your way to doing the checkered chain stitch!Here is a picture of the underside of my fabric: this fun stitch looks nice on either side of the fabric!
The checkered chain stitch is #47 and is listed in the linked stitches section of 100 Stitches.