How to knit the Cross stitch pattern
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit the Cross stitch pattern in just 4 rows

In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to knit a super pretty Cross Stitch, step by step.

A few months ago we saw how to knit a variant of the Cross Stitch in which we learned to cross stitches without using a cable needle.

The truth is that both stitches have a spectacular texture, which makes them perfect for knitting accessories, such as hats, gloves and mittens, socks, etc.

However, you can also use them for sweaters, cardigans or cardigans, and even blankets.

In addition, the Cross Stitch we see today is not difficult to knit: It is done in four rows, two of which are formed with knit and purl stitches.

And on the other two rows we repeat the same steps, so, it’s an easy pattern to memorize.

Although it doesn’t curl, the side edges are somewhat irregular, so if what you want is to knit a blanket, a scarf, or an infinity cowl, I recommend knitting a nice border on each side of the garment.

Last but not least, and because it’s a cross stitch, it’s important not to tighten the stitches too much; the result will be much better if we work with looser stitches.

The good news is that this stitch doesn’t tend to warp like other cross stitches; the fabric stays flat (and rectangular or square), something that we knitters really appreciate 😉

Ok, without further ado, grab your needles, and some yarn, and let’s knit something pretty!


CO: cast on

st: Stitch

K: Knit

P: Purl

wyibsl1: With yarn in back, slip one stitch 

kfb: Knit one stitch back and forth

passo3: pass the slipped stitch over the last 3 stitches

BO: Bind off

RS: Right side of the work

WS: Wrong side of the work


  • The even rows form the right side of the work
  • Always slip the stitches purlwise (pass the stitch onto the right-hand needle as if to purl.

This swatch was made out of 100% Merino wool yarn (super soft) #ad

How to knit the Cross stitch pattern step by step

Using my favorite bamboo dpn’s (double pointed needles) #ad

How to knit the Cross stitch pattern

CO multiples of 4 + 1; i.e.: 4 * 4 = 16 + 1 = 17 st.

1º row (WS):  K1, *P1, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

2º row (RS): P1, *wyibsl1, kfb, K1, passo3, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

3º row: K1, *P1, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

4º row: P1, K1, P1, *wyibsl1, kfb, K1, passo3, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K1, P1.

These four rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished BO working each as it presents, after a row 2 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit the Cross stitch written pattern and tutorial

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Cross stitch pattern

Thank you for watching, and don’t forget to spread the love…

Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina –  So Woolly

PS: Are you looking for more crossed stitches? Click here! This one is absolutely gorgeous 🙂

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