Do you love to cross stitch? Have you ever given any thought to all the different surfaces you could cross stitch on? If you’re used to cross stitching on aida fabric, perhaps you didn’t realize that there are bunches of other options. Or maybe you realized there were other possibilities, but the other options seemed too challenging to even consider.
Don’t get me wrong; I adore my aida fabric, and I won’t be giving it up any time soon. But sometimes it’s fun to do something a little different — and one of my favorite techniques is cross stitching onto a crocheted background.
How to Cross Stitch on Crochet:
However many squares you want to end up with — that’s the number of stitches you crochet. Remember that with single crochet, you’d have to work one extra chain in your foundation chain, and with afghan stitch, you’d have to work two extra chains for the math to work out right.
Then you can just cross stitch your design onto the piece you crocheted, using a tapestry needle threaded with the same sized yarn or crochet thread you used for working the ground.
Free Patterns for Cross Stitch on Crochet
Ready to give it a try? Here are some free patterns you can grab online to get started with:
- Crochet Heart Square
If you like the way this square looks, there are several different approaches you could take to crocheting it. One of the methods involves cross stich on crochet; the others do not. You can take your pick of them. Free charts and patterns are available online for the different versions of the design.
- Christmas Tree Motif With Cross Stitch — Basic Crocheted Square
If you celebrate Christmas, and you are interested in trying projects that utilize several different needlework techniques, this crocheted afghan square is a project you might enjoy. You combine tapestry crochet, traditional crochet and cross stitch to create this square.
The Christmas tree motifs are simple and graphic, and I think it would be fun to get creative with embellishing them. How about stitching some buttons or beads onto the tree to look like little Christmas ornaments?
- Christmas Blanket With Crochet and Cross Stitch
A Christmas-themed blanket is one creative way to use the Christmas tree square linked above.
If you’d like to make this blanket, there are two different pages you might like to look at:
Custom blanket pattern — This page is a worthwhile read for a couple of reasons. First, it has lots of different options for other squares you can make that match these, so if you would like to personalize your blanket, it’s easy to do.
Second, this page has more specific sizing info than the original pattern page has. So if you would rather use a standard blanket size, it’s easy to do and all the math has been worked out for you.
Christmas blanket pattern — This page has specific yarn info and more details you will need to crochet the blanket exactly as pictured.
- Christmas Pillow
If matching sets appeal to you, you can crochet both this pillow and the blanket linked above. If matching sets aren’t your thing, no worries, you can make either item all by itself.
- Red and White Striped Christmas Potholder With Cross Stitch
Cross stitch adds eye appeal to this pretty Christmas potholder.
- I Love You — Free Cross Stitch Chart
Here’s a unique way to say “I Love You”: stitch the sentiment right onto a special project you’ll be giving to your loved one.
- I Love Mom — Free Cross Stitch Chart
You love mom, right? If you do, there are plenty of ways to tell her so, and it’s always good to have one more idea in your bag of tricks. You could use this chart to cross stitch the sentiment “I Love Mom” onto many different items — including but not limited to crocheted afghans, potholders, squares, pillows or other projects.
- I Love L.A. — Free Cross Stitch Chart
Do you love Los Angeles, California? If so, you might enjoy stitching a square or other project using this free chart featuring the slogan “I Love L.A.”
- I Love ______ — Free Cross Stitch Chart
This is a customizable chart you can use for personalizing your project. You fill in the part showing who or what you love.
- Dad’s Char and Grill Potholder
Here’s a potholder just for dads who attempt to cook, whether or not they succeed at it every time.