Square Boss Stitch

Square boss stitch sample 2Square Boss stitch is similar to Rice Stitch and you can easily mix the two in one area. You can really have fun with this stitch particularly if you change threads. You can use one thread or colour for the large cross and another thread of colour for the corner tie downs. Swap between thick and thin, metallic and dull or explore colour combinations. Square Boss is one of those simple stitches that can produce interesting results.

How to work Square Boss Stitch

Square Boss stitch is also known as Raised Knot Stitch. Don’t ask me why as I don’t know. It is very similar to Rice stitch as it is only the cross bars moved slightly. As a result of being such close cousins much of what you can do with Rice stitch you can also do with Square Boss.

Square Boss Rice stitch illustrated stepsSquare boss starts with a larger cross stitch and the tie stitches are tucked further to the crossed threads in the middle. This means that the pattern established varies from Rice stitch but many would say Square Boss stitch is really a variety of Rice Stitch. I am inclined to agree with them.

I hope you enjoy experimenting with Square Boss stitch
using my stitchers Templates set 2Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

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16 Responses to Square Boss Stitch

  1. Helen Ann says:

    Better late than never…
    Here is my sample posted at
    and in the group pool

  2. Kay Susan says:

    Hi Sharon, my combined sample for cable chain and rice stitch is here:


    and on the Flickr Group.

  3. Susan D says:

    Hi Sharon I’m still taking part in TAST. I’ve just posted a photo of my small sample of Rice stitch. Just got to do Knotted buttonhole band and I’ve caught up.

  4. jowynn says:

    Well, something’s wrong. I can’t see your pictures, just code. Will try again later. I’m still here!

  5. Luci F says:

    Hi All
    I’m still here. My cross-rice-boss stitch is at my Flickr site and on my blog. I’m loving the challenge and am just about keeping up. I’ve a few weeks that I have skipped, but plan to catch up. Thank you so much for organising this Sharon – I am loving the weekly challenge!


  6. Lindsay says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for hosting this challenge, I’m sure it’s a lot of work on your side! I started late, but I’m still going with it, slowly but surely!


  7. Doreen Grey says:

    Hi Sharon
    I have posted my Week 37 Sample of Rice Stitch.
    I will try to get this weeks sample done tomorrow as we are going on holidays on Friday for 10 days and I don’t want to get too far behind.

  8. Penny says:

    I have finished my rice stitch and I quite enjoyed doing it. It is here on my blog.

  9. tenar72 says:

    My rice stitch sample is here: http://tenar72.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/tast-37-rice-stitch/

    I enjoy this stitch very much!

  10. Norma says:

    Hi Sharon, at last I stitch I knew how to work … from my needlepoint days (a few years back). You can see my example here:

  11. crazyqstitcher says:

    Don’t ask how I got my TAST stitch muddled. I was sure it was Double Cross stitch and that is what I have just uploaded to my blog.

    Looks like I will have to start again. LOL


  12. neki rivera says:


    hope the gardening has been satisfying.
    can’t believe it’s week 37! weekly(almost) sample is at my blog http://amovablefeast.blogspot.com


    neki desu

  13. Corina says:

    I try to came back, after a long break:)

  14. Leslie says:

    Hi Sharon glad you are having a good break, I am looking forward to one myself next week. Enjoy and long may it last. You are however being missed!

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