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Single Crochet Cross Stitch – Potholder Pattern

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 Single Crochet Cross Stitch to make one? You can learn how to crochet the cross stitch and create a super thick and durable potholder at the same time. This pattern is easy enough for beginners!

two cross stitch crochet potholders in blue and white

About Single Crochet Cross Stitch

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 every other row you will see a normal single crochet. And that’s not consistent enough and won’t be really 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 a bulky yarn and crochet in the round. If you try and make something different, let me know how it looks!

How do you Crochet a 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.

And here is 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 a X.

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

Single Crochet Cross Stitch – Free Potholder 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)

X st = single crochet cross stitch

Sl St(s) = slip stitch(es)

FLO = front loop only

BLO = back loop only

Special Stitches

Single Crochet Cross Stitch (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 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 (any number) 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.

Written Instructions

Ch 28

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

Round 2: X St in first front loop only (FLO) and every St to end of row. Turn and continue in the round. SC X in first back loop only (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 X St in every back loop to end of row.

Round 3-27: Do not connect the round with a slip stitch as you normally would. Work a X St on top of the first St on previous row. Continue working X St 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 single crochet cross stitch? Hope you enjoyed making this!

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

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