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The Chinese Staircase Stitch

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      This is probably the EASIEST Scoubidou Stitch to learn. It is MUCH easier than doing the Square or Circle stitches, and in fact, is simply one-half of a Cobra Stitch. There are two ways you can do the Chinese Staircase. I'll show you one variation here, and will include a link to another way sometime soon. In this variation, you'll use one strand of Scoubidou that is 4 to 5 times longer than from 1 to 10 other strands, each of which are the same length. The more strands you use in your center, the FATTER your completed Chinese Staircase will be. In the example given below, I am using four strands. Three of them, a red, white, and blue strand, are each 14 inches long, and a clear strand that is roughly 58 to 60 inches long.

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I'm starting this project using 4 strands. The red, white, and blue strands are roughly 14 inches long. This will hopefully insure a FINISHED project length of roughly 1 foot in length. The fourth strand, a clear strand, is roughly FOUR TIMES as long as the other three, which is about 58 to 60 inches long in this case.

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The first step is to tie these four strands together using a half-granny knot. (This is the knot you use when tieing your shoes, right before you make the two loops with your shoelaces). Make sure to leave between 1 and 1½ inches of loose strand ABOVE the knot. You'll see why in a little bit...

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To start the first stitch, take your working strand, the clear one in this shot, and make a loop OVER the center strands...

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...and then go DOWN and UNDER the center strands, as shown here...

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...and then complete the stitch by coming UP and THROUGH the loop you made initially.

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Pull the working strand tight and your first Chinese Staircase stitch is complete!

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Let's try another one, alright? Start by making a loop on TOP of your central strands...

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...and then come AROUND BEHIND the center strands and UP THROUGH the loop you made, like this.

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One more stitch. Make a loop ON TOP OF your central strands...

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...and then go AROUND BEHIND the center strands as you come back UP and THROUGH the initial loop you made.

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Here's what the stitch will look like after completing about an inch or so.

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Take a break for a second and let's get rid of that UGLY granny knot we started with. We're going to convert the end of this project from using an UGLY knot to using a short piece of Square stitch.

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Push the loose strand ends back into the knot to UNTIE the knot.

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Use your fingers to pull and stretch these strands back into a straight orientation.

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If you wait a minute, you'll see how the four strands WANT to lie, which is good. When laid out this way, can you see what we have planned?

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That's right, we're going to do a Square Stitch.

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After doing 2 - 3 stitches of Square, do one more stitch, but leave it loose, so that you can do the Completion Stitch.

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After returning to the other end of the project, continue doing stitches of Chinese Staircase until your center strands are between 3 and 4 inches long.

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Let these strands lay where they may, no pun intended, and then orient them as shown to get ready for the Square stitch.

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Which should look similar to this shot, once you've tightened it up a bit.

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Again, do 2 - 3 stitches more of Square, followed by one loose stitch. Finish off by doing a Completion Stitch for Square.

Well Done !

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