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The Single Crochet Cross Stitch is an easy and fun variation of the single crochet stitch.  The only catch is that it is worked in a round.

I love the look and the texture of the single crochet cross stitch.  And if you are working in a round you may just want to use this stitch in a few places to add dimension and interest to your design.

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The Single Crochet Cross Stitch

The stitch looks like it might be difficult to achieve, but it’s really quite simple! It gets it name from the simple fact that it looks like a cross stitch.  It can only be worked in a round because in order to get the continuous cross stitch affect, you’ll need to keep the work all on the right side.

About the Stitch:

The single crochet cross stitch is a fairly dense stitch.  This means that the resulting fabric may be quite stiff but also have a solid texture.  If you want to give your fabric a bit more drape while working this stitch you may choose to use a slightly larger hook than what is recommended for your yarn.

Types of Projects:

What kind of projects would you use this stitch in? I’ve seen some cute cup cozies worked using this stitch.  But if you’d like to branch out a bit, you might try cowls and and fingerless gloves.  I think this stitch would also lend itself well to a crochet bag!


For this tutorial I will be using the Caron x Pantone yarn by Yarnspirations along with a 5.5 mm crochet hook.  The hook shown here and in the video below is a wooden streamline hook by Furls Crochet.

You may use any hook and yarn combination though for your project!

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This stitch is worked in a round

Single Crochet Cross Stitch

This stitch is worked in rounds in this tutorial.  This means that at the end of each round you will join with a slip stitch into the first stitch.

Don’t forget to check out the free video tutorial linked below!

To begin, make a slip knot and then chain your desired number of chains.  For this stitch pattern you can use any multiple of stitches.

For my swatch I will be making a foundation chain of 20 stitches.

After you have worked the desired number of stitches, join in the first chain with a slip stitch.

Round 1:

As mentioned above, this stitch is a single crochet stitch with a slight variation.  So working in the same stitch as joining, insert your hook.

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Insert your hook into the stitch indicated

Next, instead of placing your yarn over your hook as you would for a regular single crochet stitch, you are going to yarn under.  So, for the single crochet cross stitch, pace your hook over your yarn and draw your loop through.

Complete the stitch by placing your yarn over your hook and pulling through the two loops on your hook.

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Yarn over and draw through both loops

That is a single crochet cross stitch!

Continue to repeat the above steps in the next stitch and in each stitch around.  When you each the end of the round, join with a slip stitch in the first stitch.  Do not turn your work.  Chain one (1) and you are already to start again!

It can be a bit challenging to make out the cross stitch in this first round, so I recommend to work a few more!

Round 2 and more:

These rounds are worked exactly like your round one!

It is that easy! Work a few more rounds and you will be well on your way to mastering the Single Crochet Cross Stitch.  If you would like to see the stitch in action, check out this video tutorial:

Video Tutorial:

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  1. Which decrease method do you use with this stitch? I have tried every method I could find and they all look absolutely horrible. Thanks.