Criss Cross Crochet Stitch

The Criss-Cross stitch is a beautiful detailed open and textured crochet stitch pattern. Scroll down for ideas on how to use this stitch, along with the step-by-step crochet stitch pattern.

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criss cross crochet stitch pattern

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What to make with the Criss Cross Stitch?

The criss-cross stitch is a beautifully textured and lightly open stitch.

Although both sides of this stitch are gorgeous, I have a personal preference for the back side.

The criss-cross stitch is perfect for any type of project where light texture and small holes are desired: garments, shawls, etc.

Crochet Stitch Dictionary

This easy crochet stitch is part of the Stitchometry CAL (crochet along). Join the fun and discover all-new crochet stitches here.

All stitch tutorials are available on our blogs but if you want a printable PDF version for easy recording and to take notes etc. You can grab the Stitchometry Dictionary with all 16 stitch patterns here.

Sometimes it’s just easier to have a stitch dictionary on hand when you’re deciding on your next project rather than having to search online and remember where you saved that stitch you want to use.

Before You Start


  • 5mm / US H-8 hook
  • Hobbii Amigo (DK weight 3, 100% acrylic, 175 m / 191 yd, 50 g / 1.75 oz)
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses, and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
  • 6 stitch markers


The patterns are written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square.


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This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • yo = yarn over
  • dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
  • skip = miss

Stitch Multiple

The pattern needs a multiple of 3 number of stitches; your starting chain will be a multiple of 3 + 1 for an extra turning chain.


The gauge for this pattern is 12 st by 15.5 rows in stitch pattern for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).


Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row between < >.

The turning ch 1, ch 2, ch 3 don’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

Stitches above a ch-1 space are worked in the ch-1 space except if mentioned otherwise.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
  • “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.

All pictures show lefthanded crochet. All stitches are symmetrical and can be worked by both right and lefthanded crocheters.

The Actual Crochet Stitch Pattern

With your 5mm / US H-8 hook ch 25.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn. <24 st>

Row 2: Ch 2, [skip 2, dc, dc in previous st*, dc in st before that*] across, turn.

*these stitches are worked from the front, over and around the previous dc(s) made.

step by step view of the criss cross stitch
next steps of the criss cross stitch
one repeat of the criss cross crochet stitch

Row 3: Ch 1, [sc 2, sc in space between dc blocks] across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you reach 15cm / 6″


When you’re done with the crocheting part, make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

completed texture of the criss cross crochet open stitch

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