Most crafters work cross stitch onto Aida fabric — but did you know that you can hand crochet suitable fabrics for cross stitching onto? It’s true! You can.
If you’d like to try this technique, I invite you to check out the following free cross-stitch-on-crochet patterns we’ve made available on our website:
Cross-Stitch-On-Crochet Plus Tapestry Crochet
I really enjoy making colorful needlework projects. Tapestry crochet is usually my favorite technique for making multicolored items — but tapestry crochet gets to be tedious when you use more than 2-3 colors, because with this technique, you have to crochet overtop of all the colors that you aren’t actively using. You also have to constantly untangle multiple balls of yarn.
So when I want to create a project that has lots of colors in it, one of my preferred solutions is combining cross stitch with tapestry crochet. By combining these 2 techniques, you can create projects that offer the eye-catching effect of multiple colors, without the associated hassles.
One example is this crochet cupcake potholder. Most of the potholder is worked in tapestry crochet, but I did the cherry on top using cross-stitch-on-crochet. That allowed me to use 4 colors in the design without risking my sanity. I love the colorful outcome of the design.
To make this square, you first work the background and tree shape in tapestry crochet; then you complete the frame around the tree using the cross-stitch-on-crochet technique. Then you can use the squares to make Christmas pillows, Christmas blankets or whatever other project you have in mind.
So there you have it: That’s a brief introduction to the topic of cross stitch on crochet, along with links to a bunch of free patterns you can use for practicing this fun and useful needlework technique. I hope you’ll enjoy the free patterns and ideas. Happy stitching!