Nothing is going to improve your French knots more than practice, but here are a few tips that I have found helpful in mastering these tiny little beasts.
- Use a hoop. Always. French knots take both hands, plus some, so a hoop or Q-snap is a lifesaver. Prop the hoop or snap on a tabletop, your leg, etc., to free up a hand.
- Shorter is better. I typically break ALL rules when it comes to floss lengths when stitching, but French knots demand strict adherence to the rules about using manageable lengths. For cross-stitching, the standard is 18 inches, but I recommend 12- to 15-inch lengths for knotting. There's less to tangle, less to pull through and less to position, which means less frustration.
- Perfect your technique before trying to knot with varied texture flosses (metallics, fuzzy flosses, etc.).
- Substitute. If French knots aren't your thing, try a different knot such as a Colonial knot.