Triangle Ray Stitch for Needlepoint

The triangle ray stitch for needlepoint or needlework can be used on 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 Triangle Ray Stitch: Method of Completion

Work the triangle ray stitch patterns by starting at the top left corner.

  1. Come up in an empty hole at 1 and travel horizontally across 5 canvas threads and go down at 2, pulling the thread slightly towards the hole you have come up at.

  2. Follow the pattern in a counter-clockwise direction and pull the yarn slightly towards the hole you come up at, each time you pass through the center hole.

  3. You will notice that 8 of the stitches used to make up the pattern travel diagonally across the canvas threads.

  4. All 11 stitches used to make up the pattern travel through a central hole, you might want to use an awl or knitting needle to loosen the whole. This will help the yarn to pass through easier, without snagging the stitches that have already been laid.

  5. Outline the completed triangle pattern with back stitches to emphasize tits  triangular shape.

  6. Experiment and use different color yarn for each triangle ray stitch  pattern.

Triangle Ray stitch Characteristics:

Best used for: borders, backing, geometric patterns and other design or accent elements


  • The triangular ray stitch can be slow to work due to the fact that careful attention must be paid to the direction of stitches used to make up the pattern.  The stitch can also be prone to snagging since some of the stitches that make up the pattern, travel through 5 canvas threads.

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

Experiment to see which effect you like the best.

Use different color and thickness of yarn for greater impact or interest.  Group triangular ray stitches to form and interesting border pattern.

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