The Indian Cross Stitch

Stitch Description

The Indian cross stitch creates a delicate fabric made up of rows of criss cross patterns. Using elongated stitches that are crossed, this knitting stitch is a unique blend of lace and cables. The result is looks a bit like waves crashing into each other.

This is a great stitch for blankets, shawls, and market bags.

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Abbreviations

K
Knit Stitch
YO
Yarn Over
WYIB
With Yarn In Back


Stitch Details

  Skill Level
Intermediate

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 12

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiple of 8 sts

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiple of 8 sts

  • Row 1: Knit.
  • Row 2: Knit.
  • Row 3: Knit.
  • Row 4: Knit.
  • Row 5: K1, * insert needle into next st and yarning over 4 times around point of needle, then knit that stitch, drawing the 4 wraps through the st; rep from * until last st, k1.
  • 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.
  • Row 7: Knit.
  • Row 8: Knit.
  • Row 9: Knit.
  • Row 10: Knit.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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