Alternating Cross stitch is an interesting variety of cross stitch because the stitches on the reverse of the fabric also form a cross stitch. In other words it is reversible! Since cross stitch is one of the oldest stitches in the world there are many variations that have developed over time and are practiced in different regions around the globe. Cross stitch is used mainly on even-weave fabrics, where the threads can be counted. Like regular cross stitch Alternating Cross stitch is worked even weave fabrics so use a even weave linen or Aida cloth.
How to work Alternating Cross Stitch
To work cross stitch using this method, first work every second diagonal stitch of a row.
On the return journey work the missing diagonal stitches. On the back of your work you will have diagonal stitches facing in the other direction to those on the front.
Next on the third journey work every second top diagonal stitch.
Finally the last row, work the final top diagonals on the return journey.
The back of your work will look like the front but you will have a straight stitch at the turn of each row. If anyone can figure out how to avoid that let me know as I have been puzzling over it. Also if you want to show the back of your work, this is a situation where you need to start your thread using two small back stitches so that once the embroidery is done it is hard to see where you started. This sort of cross stitch would be ideal for anything you wanted to show both sides of like a decorative pattern on a hand towel.
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