Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for X-stitch square

X is for X-stitch square (or cross stitch square or Criss Cross square).  A favorite square of mine to crochet is a simple little crossed stitch square.  I am not sure who and where the pattern originates with (I doubt that I am the first one to make this square) but here is the way I make mine:

6 inch Criss Cross Square

Using a 5mm crochet hook and a worsted weight yarn Chain 26 (or an even number)

Row 1: dc (US terminology) in 4th chain, dc in each chain to the end (you will 24 dc now), chain 3, turn.
Row 2: dc in the second stitch then cross back to do a dc in the first stitch, skip one dc dc in the next stitch, then cross back and dc in the skipped stitch, continue until one dc remains, dc in that stitch. Chain 3, turn.
Row 3: dc in each stitch, chain 3, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your piece is square (for me this is a total of 11 rows - the foundation row plus rows 2 and 3 repeated five times).

This square can be easily adapted to any size simply by adjusting the beginning chain and number of row repeats.  I like this square for a filler square to go with others in making afghans.

Here are some pictures of the square in progress:

Beginning chain base

Double crochet foundation row

The first half of the cross stitch

The second half of the cross stitch

Row two complete

Close up of the stitches

Completed 6 inch square

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