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How to Knit the Indian Cross-Stitch

How to Knit the Indian Cross Stitch Pattern

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the indian cross stitch. This stitch creates a delicate fabric made up of columns of criss cross patterns. The indian cross stitch would be great to for afghans, blankets and scarves!

Materials Used in this Tutorial


WEBS Valley Yarns Northampton Lake Heather

Valley Yarns Northampton

Sourced the softest wool WEBS could find and dyed in a beautiful collection of solid colors and heathered shades. It is a dream to felt and soft enough for cozy garments. Valley Yarns Northampton also has a whopping 247 yards per skein. It is beautiful and economical. Made in Peru.

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TECHNIQUES USED IN THIS STITCH:

Knit Stitch – K

Skill: Intermediate
Cast On: Multiples of 8 sts

Pattern Instructions

  1. Row 1

    Knit.

  2. Row 2

    Knit.

  3. Row 3

    Knit.

  4. Row 4

    Knit.

  5. Row 5

    K1, * insert needle into next st and wrap working yarn 4 times around point of needle, then knit that stitch, drawing the 4 wraps through the st; rep from * until last st, k1.

  6. Row 6

    *Sl 8 sts wyib, dropping all extra wraps, creating 8 long sts on right-hand needle. Insert left-hand needle into the first 4 of these long sts and pass them over the second 4 long sts. Return all sts to left-hand needle and k the sts in the new order, knitting the second 4 long sts first, and then the original 4 long sts. Rep from * for each group of 8 sts.

  7. Row 7

    Knit.

  8. Row 8

    Knit.

  9. Row 9

    Knit.

  10. Row 10

    Knit.

  11. Row 11

    K1, * insert needle into next st and wrap working yarn 4 times around point of needle, then knit that stitch, drawing the 4 wraps through the st; rep from * until last st, k1.

  12. Row 12

    Sl 4 sts wyib, dropping all extra wraps, cross 2 over 2 as in Row 6 and k these 4; *sl 8, dropping all extra wraps, cross, and knit as in Row 6; rep from * on each group of 8 until the last 4 sts, end by crossing 2 over 2 as in beg of row.

Repeat rows 1-12 until you have reached your desired length.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Indian Cross-Stitch Pattern (Reversible)

Example of the Indian Cross-Stitch Pattern Reversible (click for larger image)

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Comments

  1. Linda Douglas

    March 14, 2013

    That’s a lovely stitch! Would be great for a shawl.
    Linda

  2. Judy

    March 14, 2013

    I really like this Indian Cross Stitch .I can’t wait to try it. I loved your double knit tutorial also. Keep up the great work ,I can’t wait to see what it next.

  3. Marina

    March 14, 2013

    Thanks. for a great video’s you make it look so easy… It looks awesome, can’t wait to try it… What do you suggest I should make using this particular stitch?

    Also It a silly question. I learned to knit a Knit stitch by placing a R needle in the back of the stitch, not in the front like you do it… it looks the same, and I get the same “V” as if you knit in front. So what is the difference between the two?
    Can’t seem to find an answer

    Thanks Marina

    • Johnny Vasquez

      March 14, 2013

      I think it would make an interesting throw but it’s really up to you to experiment.

      It sounds like you’re knitting through the back loop. It will twist the stitch unless you untwist it on the next row.

      • marinarmalik@hotmail.com

        March 14, 2013

        Thanks! I am planning to make a shawl…

  4. Charlotte

    March 14, 2013

    Love the stitch! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Donna

    March 16, 2013

    Fabulous stitch – simple and elegant Even my non-knitting friends appreciate it’s beauty.

  6. mary

    March 18, 2013

    what size knitting needle & what yarn weight would you think works best for the Indiana cross stich

    • Johnny Vasquez

      March 18, 2013

      We don’t usually give that kind of information because all these stitch patterns can be made with any yarn and a needle that is an appropriate size for that yarn.

  7. Rachel

    March 18, 2013

    Love your videos… just curious… noticed you were using square needles, which brand do you have? and are they fixed circ or interchangeable… Thanks

    • Johnny Vasquez

      March 18, 2013

      They are by Kollage. They are fixed circulars.

  8. sandyharrison66@yahoo.com

    March 19, 2013

    love the indian cross stitch excited to try it its beautiful