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Crochet Potholder – Cross Stitch Crochet

You can never have too many potholders, right? If you’re looking for a simple and easy to crochet potholder with an interesting texture then why not try the Cross Stitch Crochet Potholder? This pattern is easy enough for beginners!

two cross stitch crochet potholders in blue and white

About Cross Stitch Crochet

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

The nature of this stitch 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 a 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 every other row you will see a normal single crochet.

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

How do you Crochet a Cross Stitch

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

And here is how you do the cross stitch: insert hook into stitch, yarn under and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook.

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Cross Stitch Crochet Potholder – Free Pattern

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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)

Cr St(s) = cross stitch(es)

Sl St(s) = slip stitch(es)

FLO = front loop only

BLO = back loop only

Special Stitches

Cross Stitch (Cr St): 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 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 single crochet you insert your hook into a stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop – in cross stitch you yarn under. And that little change makes all the difference!

two crochet potholders

Pattern Notes

You can change the size of the potholder by chaining more or less and adjusting the number or 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 foundation chain. It will be on the same side.

Crochet Potholder Instructions

Ch 28

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

Round 2: Cr St in first FLO and every St to end of row. Turn and continue in the round. Cr St in first BLO (the back loop will be now in front of you as you turned your work – it’s the unworked loop on the same row). Work Cr Sts in every St to end of row.

Round 3-27: Do not connect the round with a slip stitch as you normally would. Work a Cr St on top of the first St on previous row. Continue working Cr Sts in spiral 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 foundation chain (as pictured below)

crochet potholder in progress
crochet potholder final row slip stitch

Fasten off and weave in all ends. You can just leave the ends inside of the potholder 🙂

How do you like the cross stitch? Hope you enjoyed making this!

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

Crochet Thick Potholder – Thermal Stitch

Thermal Stitch Crochet Potholder

Crochet Thermal Stripes Potholder

Extra Thick Crochet Potholder – Thermal Stitch

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