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Single Crochet Cross Stitch – Potholder Pattern

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The Cross Stitch (Single Crochet) is a simple stitch that creates an interesting texture with an X-shaped pattern that will take your projects to the next level. Plus, it’s super easy to learn – once you’ve got the cross stitch down, you can apply it to a variety of crochet projects.

Instead of just practising the cross stitch crochet with scraps of yarn, why not make something practical while you’re at it? That way, you’ll have a tangible result to show for all your hard work. That’s why I’ve included a potholder pattern made entirely out of single crochet cross stitches in this post.

two cross stitch crochet potholders in blue and white

Potholders are one of those kitchen essentials that we all need but often don’t think about until it’s too late and we’ve burned our hands on a hot pot or pan. Why not make your next potholder a statement piece in the kitchen with a unique and easy-to-crochet design?

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just starting out, the Single Crochet Cross Stitch is a great pattern to try. Not only will you have the satisfaction of creating a useful item for your kitchen, but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn a new stitch and build your crochet skills. And because the cross stitch results in a thick and durable fabric, your potholder will be able to withstand frequent use and protect your hands from heat.

About Cross Stitch (Single Crochet)

The single crochet cross stitch is a unique crochet stitch that creates an interesting pattern. However, it will only work when crocheted in the round. And here is why.

The nature of the cross stitch crochet is that it will only be visible on one side, which is the right side (the side you see in front of you when working on a row). On the other side, it will look like a normal single crochet stitch.

For this reason, you will need to go in the round to make this stitch consistently visible in every row. If you crochet in back and forth rows, you will only see the cross stitch every second row and in every other row, you will see a normal single crochet. And that’s not consistent enough to make the X-shape of the single crochet clearly visible.

Also, the texture of cross stitch will come out better if you use a bulkier yarn such as at least medium worsted, bulky or super bulky yarn. It would look great on baskets or bags or anything where you can use bulky yarn and crochet in the round. If you try and make something different, let me know how it looks!

How to Crochet the Cross Stitch

Cross stitch (Single Crochet Cross Stitch) is a very easy stitch to crochet. It’s basically a single crochet with a slight change that makes all the difference.

How you do the single crochet cross stitch: insert hook into stitch, yarn under and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook.

The yarn UNDER will make the stitch slightly tighter and create a stitch that looks like an X.

Scroll down for the free potholder pattern using the X Stitch!

Crochet Cross Stitch – Free Potholder Pattern

two crochet potholders

Skill level



6.5″ x 6.5″ (16.5cm x 16.5cm)


16 stitches x 18.5 rows = 4″ (10cm)


Yarn: any 100% cotton, worsted medium weight #4 (I used Fiddlesticks Finch 100% cotton, 10ply in Ecru and Abbey Road Kung Fu Cotton Yarn in Dark Blue, 1 skein in each colour: 153y/140m)

Crochet Hook: 5mm (H/8)

Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)


Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch = chain

St(s) = stitch(es)

X St = cross stitch single crochet

Sl St(s) = slip stitch(es)

FLO = front loop only

BLO = back loop only

Special Stitches

Cross Stitch Single Crochet (X stitch): insert hook into stitch, yarn under and pull up a loop. You’ll have two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

Cross stitch is worked the same way as a normal single crochet apart from one little change in the first part of the stitch – yarn under instead of yarn over.

So, when you work a normal single crochet, you insert your hook into a stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Whereas in cross stitch single crochet, you yarn under. That way, you’ll get an X-shaped single crochet instead of a normal, V-shaped one. And that little change makes all the difference!

Pattern Notes

You can change the size of the potholder by chaining more or less (any number) and adjusting the number of rounds.

This potholder is worked in spiral rounds. Spiral rounds are not connected with a slip stitch; they are worked continuously.

You will know the start/end of a round by the location of the yarn tail from the foundation chain. It will be on the same side.

Written Instructions

Ch 28 (or any number for your disered size)

Row 1: Work a X St in second Ch from hook and every Ch to end of row (27 stitches). Ch 1, turn.

Round 2: Insert hook into the front loop only of the first St and work a X St. Work X Sts int every front loop across the row. See photos of a small sample below.

Turn and continue on the same row, working now in the back loop only of the same stitches. The back loop will now be in front of you as you turn your work (see photos below). Work X St in every back loop across the row.

Make sure you have 27 stitches in one direction and 27 stitches in the other direction.

Round 3-27: Do not connect the round with a slip stitch as you normally would. Instead, work an X Stitch on top of the first stitch of the previous row, through both front and back loops from now on (see the photo below).

This will eliminate the join, and you can continue in spiral rounds. Continue working X Stitches in rounds until you reach your desired size.

Loop & Final Round

At the end of round 27 (or when you reach your desired size) make a loop by chaining 15 and slip stitch the two sides together.

The start/end of a round is on the same side where you see the tail of yarn from the foundation chain (as pictured below).

crochet potholder in progress
crochet potholder final row slip stitch

Fasten off and weave in all ends. You can leave the yarn ends inside of the potholder! ๐Ÿ™‚

How do you like the single crochet cross stitch? Hope you enjoyed making the potholder using this stitch!

If you like making potholders, check out the thermal potholders below. They all have different variations of the thermal stitch.

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7 replies on “Single Crochet Cross Stitch – Potholder Pattern”

Myrna Altshulersays:

I have a question about the single crochet X cross stitch potholder. Is there a tutorial regarding the round concept vs gong back and forth. Where is this back unworked loop on the same row as the FLO that was just done? I am confused and so hope you can hep me out.

Hi Myrna, front loops and back loops are only relevant in the second row. You work into the front loops only across the row, then turn and continue on the same row, working into the back loops, which are now facing you. We do this to turn a row into a round. After that you work in spiral rounds. Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

So does this mean that you work the first 27 sts and then continue on the back side of the chain for another 27 sts? So the total sts in the round is 54 sts?

You work on the back side of the first row, not the chain!
You chain 28, work the first row, ch 1, turn.
In row 2, you work into the front loops all the way to the end, then turn and continue to work into the unworked loops of the same row in the other direction. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have a video showing this. Iโ€™m a little confused !

Hi! I don’t have a video right now, but it’s a great idea for the future. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to help! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงถ

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