Chained Cross Stitch tutorial

Chained cross stitch which makes good heavy border or braid like line. The key difference with this variation of cross stitch is that each stitch must be completed before moving on to the next.

In some ways it is similar to woven cross stitch. It is possible to alternate the two stitches and create different patterns by doing so. This stitch also sits well as a neat edging on things like needle books.

Chained Cross stitch step 1Bring the working thread to the front of the fabric and work a diagonal stitch as you would with basic cross stitch. I have worked from bottom left to top right.

Now work a chain stitch diagonally across the first stitch to form a cross.
Chained Cross stitch step 2
To do this bring the needle up through the fabric at the top left of the stitch as illustrated. Hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle back into where it first came out. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out at the bottom left of the fabric.
With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.
Chained Cross stitch step 3
Insert the needle back into the fabric at the top right an make a diagonal stitch
Chained Cross stitch step 4
Work another chain stitch and continue in this way along the line or over the area to be covered.

Chained Cross stitch step 5

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15 Responses to Chained Cross Stitch tutorial

  1. yvette says:

    have a wonderful trip Sharon!

  2. Hi Sharon,
    The new chained cross stitch sampler is detailed here-
    Thank you,

  3. queeniepatch says:

    A work in haste, but I do like the look of the stitch and think it has a lot of possibilities for various projects:

  4. Hi Sharon,
    I had missed the 67th week fancy hem stitch. The details of this sampler are here-
    Thank you,

  5. farah deeba says:

    in one of my old works i have used different stitches.sample of slip detatched chain stitch and woven cross stitch is here. thanks

  6. Claudia says:

    I tried to learn several TAST stitches from this year. Here you can see my attempts:

  7. Annet says:

    This is such a great stitch to experiment! I wrote about my old chained cross stitches here:

  8. Winsome says:

    Hope you have a great trip.

  9. Hi Sharon,
    Have a great trip. I had worked this stitch sampler during previous challenge, but did not post the pictures. I am starting with that work here-
    Thank you,

  10. Karen Stearns says:

    Have a wonderful trip

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