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.
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.
Best suited for: backing, backgrounds, geometric and flower designs
Experiment to see which effect you like best.
Use different color and thickness of yarn for greater impact or interest.