EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STITCH
"Now at last I am ready," she said, as she finished her first stitch.
You reckermember my old sayin', don't you, 'a stitch in time saves nine'?
He measured these round his waist, and then began to stitch them together, slowly and laboriously.
May stopped in the middle of a stitch, and stared at him with something akin to dismay.
I had a stitch in my side, and both Harold's stockings had come down.
I was goin' to stitch that blue stripe on the left leg on again.
The needle is to be brought out at the corner of the stitch, nearest to that you are about to make.
The engraving will give a better idea of this stitch than any description we could give.
You knit the first stitch, and pass the other to make a loop over the needle.
This process is repeated in every stitch to the end of the row.
Old English stice "a prick, puncture," from Proto-Germanic *stikiz, from the root of stick (v.). The sense of "sudden, stabbing pain in the side" was in late Old English. Senses in sewing and shoemaking first recorded late 13c.; meaning "bit of clothing one is (or isn't) wearing" is from c.1500. Meaning "a stroke of work" (of any kind) is attested from 1580s. Surgical sense first recorded 1520s. Sense of "amusing person or thing" is 1968, from notion of laughing so much one gets stitches of pain (cf. verbal expression to have (someone) in stitches, 1935).