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INSTRUCTIONS FOR STITCHING ¾ STITCHES:
When there is a partial stitch next to empty fabric, stitch it as a ¾ stitch.
If the stitch is bordered with backstitching it can be stitched as either
a ¼ or ¾, however ¾ is preferable since it gives
better coverage of the fabric.
If the design requires one colour in a square to take up ¾ of the square
and the other colour to take up ¼ then this is denoted by the colour
that requires a ¾ stitch to have three small symbols in the square and
the colour requiring a ¼ stitch to have one.
When there are two partial stitches in the same square and they could be
either ¾ or ¼ stitches then it is up to the preference of the
individual stitcher. Stitching them both as ¾ stitches give better
fabric coverage however some think this can look too bulky. When stitching
one as a ¾ and one as a ¼ the colour that is closest to the
foreground of the picture should be the ¾, again this can be a matter
If the two stitches are segmented by a backstitching
line, then they could be stitched as two ¼ stitches with the backstitch
line making up the other arm of the cross.
There are two occurrences when the pattern requires a ¼ stitch. One
is when there are four ¼ stitches in a square, made up of two colours
either above and below each other or side by side. In this case all four are
The other is when the stitches are following a slightly curving line within the
pattern, this is normally next to empty fabric. There will be one ¾
stitch followed by one ¼ stitch in the next square: