First the outline of the pattern is stitched, and then the interior is shaded to fill in the outline.
Use the template to stitch the outline of the pattern. When stitching the outline, work on completing the shapes described which make up the knot. In this manner you can tackle the outline one step at a time, making steady progress.
Once the outline is complete, it is filled to create a shaded effect on the completed pattern.
Some patterns use more than one Color Group, each group containing three shades of the group’s color. Fill in one Color Group entirely before starting the next, going Highlight, Primary, then Shadow shade. Pick a spot in the outline to start, and then follow the path through the pattern, filling in each shape in turn.
The shading is made up of three shades of floss per Color Group.
The Highlight color is stitched first. The highlight shade is the brightest shade, listed first in the Color Groups DMC codes. Stitch the highlight shade as a single line running down the center of the pattern path, parallel to the outline.
Next the Primary shade is stitched. This is the color of floss listed second, and is in the middle of the other colors on the brightness scale. Stitch the primary pass as lines running parallel to the outline, on either side of the highlight line. There is one highlight line, and two primary lines—one on each side of the highlight.
Finally, complete the shading by filling in the remaining squares with the Shadow color. This is the darkest color of floss from the Color Group, listed last in the DMC codes. The shadow color fills in all squares inside the outline which were not filled by the highlight or primary stitches. Two lines of shadow stitches run alongside the path of the outline, but only along the diagonal stretches.
If you take it step by step, stitching the Outline, the Highlight, the Primary color, and filling in the Shadow, you will be able to quickly untie this knotty fun project!