How has everyone been? I took a few weeks away but I have returned to bring you more crochet goodness. While I was away I finished the semester. I did well and I am on track to graduate in December! A friend came down from Seattle to visit. A friend got engaged. It has been an exciting two weeks.
Before I left I was working us through common crochet stitches. There are just a few more of these stitches to get through and then we will start working on projects using these stitches. Today I will show you how to make an X Stitch. In my last post we reviewed the Crossed Stitch. To some the Crossed Stitch may look like an X, I think that the Crossed Stitch kind of looks like when you cross your fingers, but the stitch I am going to show you today much more clearly resembles an X.
You can start an X Stitch into the starting chains, but I like to work a row of double crochet stitches as my first row.
The X Stitch I am working here is the height of a Triple Crochet, and I am working this X Stitch with a 2-Chain Space, this will help you decide how many Chains you need to create in your Starting Chain. My X’s are four stitches wide, plus the Chains to count as the first Triple Crochet and the Triple Crochet Stitch at the end of the row. The X Stitch is very flexible, you can make the X Stitch the height of a Double Crochet, you can create the Stitch with a 3 or more Chain Space, but the version that I will show you today is the most common version of the X Stitch.
After creating the row of Double Crochet stitches, I chained up 5. The chains will count as the first Triple Crochet stitch of the row.
Because this X Stitch is the height of a Triple Crochet stitch, to begin this X we are going to Yarn-Over the hook twice.
Then we are going to insert our hook into the second Double Crochet of the row below. Remember the chains count as a Triple Crochet.
After inserting the hook into the stitch, Yarn-Over and Pull-Up. You will have four loops on your hook at this point. You will now need to Yarn-Over and Pull-Through the first two loops.
This will leave you will three loops on your hook. You will not work through these loops now. At this stage we are going move onto the second leg of the X.
As I mentioned, I am making this X with a 2-Chain Space. This means that I am going to skip two stitches (or chains if you did not create a Double Crochet row) and begin my second leg in the third stitch from my first leg.
Begin this leg like a Double Crochet stitch. Yarn-Over, insert your hook into the designated stitch, Yarn-Over, Pull-Through.
To finish off this part of the X you will Yarn-Over and Pull-Through two loops.
Yarn-Over and Pull-Through the next two loops.
Continue to Yarn-Over and Pull-Through two loops until you have one loop remaining on your hook.
Now you will need to chain stitches. You need to chain the same number of stitches that you skipped. I skipped two stitches so I will need to chain two stitches.
This is the final stage of the X, the upper left arm. We have made the bottom of the X and the upper right arm, if you are following this, then you can see that we need to create the last arm from the middle of the X. At the top of the two legs, find the two loops, Yarn-Over and then insert your hook under those two loops. Work this stitch as a Double Crochet stitch.
Ta-da, you have made an X Stitch!
You can begin working your next X in the same stitch that you just finished this X or you can begin the X in the next stitch (this is my preferred method and the one shown in the picture below). If you want to put more space between your X’s you will need to chain, the same number of stitches you intend to skip.
Have you used an X stitch in your projects? Do you have a stitch you would like for me to show you? Let’s Talk!