Double cross stitch is exactly what it sounds like: two cross stitches right on top of each other. I like to use this stitch for simple embellishments where a French knot just isn’t the best fit (and if you stitch with me each month or have picked up one of my digital patterns, you know I absolutely love a French knot embellishment!).
In today’s post, you’ll find step-by-step instructions in written, photo, and video format (feel free to jump ahead to the brief video tutorial at the end of this post, should that be your preferred way to learn!). I've also included a few notes on how you might easily modify this stitch to fit your particular needs.
Step 1: Create a single cross stitch.
You’ll find a more thorough tutorial for how to create cross stitches on non-cross-stitch fabric in a previous blog post.
Step 2: Create a second cross stitch on top of your first.
Next, place a second cross stitch on top of your first.
Modifying the double cross stitch
One way to modify the double cross stitch in hand embroidery is by varying the lengths of your stitches. In the photo below, you can see that I've made my stitch length on the second cross stitch much shorter than on my first cross stitch, creating an almost star-like effect.
Another way to modify this stitch is through the use of color. In the photos above, I created my double cross stitches with a base cross stitch in pale yellow, and a top cross stitch in pale pink. In the example below, you can see what those same stitches look like when using the same color for both layers.
Finally, try modifying this stitch by changing its overall size. In the photo below, you can see that this stitch looks much different when used to cover a smaller space; in fact, when stitched over such a small area, the double cross stitch arguably makes for a great alternative to the French knot!
Video tutorial for how to do the double cross stitch in hand embroidery
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