Cross Stitch on Crochet

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.


So far, I’ve tried cross stitching onto fabrics crocheted using afghan stitch and single crochet stitch. Either way, I’ve found that the results are lovely.

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:

Striped Crochet Christmas Potholders: Free Pattern

Striped Crochet Christmas Potholders: Free Crochet Pattern

Striped Crochet Christmas Potholders: Free Crochet Pattern

Free Crochet Heart Edging Patterns: Cross-Stitch on Crochet and Filet Crochet

Free Pattern and Instructions for a Crochet & Cross Stitch Heart Edge -- A Purple Crocheted Edge With Plum-Colored Cross Stitched Heart Motifs

Free Pattern and Instructions for a Crochet & Cross Stitch Heart Edge — A Purple Crocheted Edge With Plum-Colored Cross Stitched Heart Motifs

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.


Cupcake Potholders for the Christmas Season, Or Any Time: Free Crochet Pattern

Cupcake Potholders for the Christmas Season, Or Any Time: Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet and Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Square

Crochet and Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Square: Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet and Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Square: Free Crochet Pattern

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!