Milanese Pinwheel Stitch for Needlepoint

The Milanese Pinwheel stitch for needlepoint can be used on needlepoint canvas, Aida cloth or linen.  Depending on the type of needlework fabric/canvas used the thickness of the yarn/thread needs to be adjusted.

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Needlepoint Milanese Pinwheel Stitch: Method of Completion

To work the Milanese Pinwheel stitch pattern, start at the center left corner and come up in an empty hole at 1 and go down diagonally at 2.

Work the remaining stitches diagonally across the canvas threads keeping an even tension.  Do not pull the yarn  but lay them down gently on the surface of the canvas.

You will need to change the direction of your next 6 stitches to go vertically across your canvas threads as indicated on the chart.

Always work from the outside towards the center and follow the pattern counter-clockwise paying special attention to the direction of the stitches to be used to complete the pattern.

You will need to go through one central hole with 8 of the stitches in the design. If you like, you can use an awl or a knitting needle to enlarge the whole. This will help  the yarn to go through the hole easier without snagging the stitches that have already been laid.

Milanese Pinwheel stitch Characteristics:

Best suited for: backing, backgrounds, geometric and flower designs


  • The Milanese Pinwheel stitch can be completed relatively fast since the individual stitches travel through a good number of canvas threads and only 8 of its 56 stitches travel through a shared hole.

  • Since some of the stitches will travel through 8-11 canvas threads, they will be prone to snagging.
  • As you increase the size of the pattern, so will the likelihood of the stitches being snagged will increase. The opportunity for snagging will decrease if the stitches are used on projects like picture frames, wall hangings or framed art work.

  • Depending on the yarn or thread used, and the count of the fabric/canvas it is applied to, the texture created will be relatively light and the strength of the pattern strong. 

Experiment to see which effect you like best.

Use different color and thickness of yarn for greater impact or interest.

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