Split stitch is worked by taking a stitch forward, and then bringing the needle up through the previous stitch, splitting the fibers in the thread used to make the previous stitch. For best results, the lengths of the stitches should be kept consistent, and smaller stitches are best used around curves.
It is commonly used to make a smooth, thin line, or to outline an object in a design before working satin stitch to fill the area, and also goes by the name of Kensington stitch.
For other types of stitches and stitch variations, visit the Embroidery Stitches page. If you’d like to try one of these stitches on a free pattern, visit out Free Patterns and Projects page and select your favorite technique. Then, download the pdf pattern and start stitching!