Lately I’ve been noticing that there seems to be a trend towards combining crochet with needle-and-thread crafts including cross-stitch and embroidery. I’m digging this multi-craftual, mixed media trend and wanted to highlight it. Today I’ll share 20 examples of crochet items that incorporate cross-stitch or one of the other similar needle crafts. (Not sure what the difference is between cross-stitch, embroidery and needlepoint? Learn here.)

1. Crochet Embroidery Peacock

crochet peacock

I love this crochet-edged embroidery peacock sold over on Ruby Lane

2. Surface Embroidery


“The Bunny Bib uses intarsia with surface embroidery, ” says crafter Jodie who previously shared her story with us about crocheting through chronic fatigue.

3. Embroidered Crochet Slippers

embroidered crochet slippers

The Zen of Making has a free crochet tutorial that shows how to use yarn to embroider on crocheted items.

4. RSS Crochet + Cross Stitch Pillow

crochet cross stitch pattern

DIY Maven offers a free pattern for this crochet + cross stitch pattern of an RSS themed pillow. Reminds me of the QR Code crochet I’ve seen!

5. Crochet-Edged Embroidery Art

crochet border art

See my full profile on artist Blanka Amenzkua to learn more about this work.

6. Cross Stitch on Crochet Pillow

cross stitch crochet pillow

When Just Jen made this cross-stitch / crochet pillow, she said, “The space between the stitches makes a natural grid perfectly suited for the cross stitch technique, and since it is on a larger scale, it can be finished much more quickly.”

7. Cross Stitch Crochet Bag Pattern

crochet cross stitch bag

This is the Ukrainian Cross-Stitch Bag by Alexandra Lockhart which can be found in the downloadable Interweave book: 5 Free Patterns for Crochet Embellishments

8. Embroidered Crochet Booties

embroidered crochet shoes

Mon Petit Violin sells the crochet pattern for these poodle booties that have embroidered faces on them.

9. Vintage Crochet Afghan

vintage crochet afghan

This vintage crochet afghan has cross stitch roses. It’s sold on Etsy.

10. Fabric Collage Art

fabric crochet

Patch Stitch Button combined many crafts into one artistic display here. She used fabric on fabric to make a basic bird shape, adding crochet, buttons and embroidery to complete the piece. This one was previously featured in my roundup of 20 ideas for combining crochet and fabric.

11. Cross Stitch on Crochet Hat

cross stitch crochet hat

Mamachee offers a free crochet pattern for this hat that has a cross stitch pattern on it

12. Vintage Cross Stitch Table Runner

vintage embroidered crochet

This vintage cross stitch table runner sold on Etsy has a ruffled crochet border.

13. Cross Stitch Cell Phone Cozy

crochet cross stitch cozy

A La Sascha sells a crochet pattern for different cross stitch designs that can be embroidered on a crochet cell phone case.

14. Embroidered and Crocheted Scarf

crochet skull scarf

Multimedia Scarf handmade with crochet, embroidery, knit and felting by lilithhtilil; previously featured in my roundup of 100 Unique Crochet Scarves

15. Cross Stitch Crochet Beanie

crochet cross stitch beanie

Kootoyoo offers a free tutorial for a crochet beanie with cross stitch wording.

16. Cross Stitch Mug Cozy

crochet mug cozy

ThingsByAnabelle created this crochet mug cozy with cross stitch and button embellishments.

17. Embroidered Crochet Jewelry

crochet embroidery necklace

Maker wincsike says this: “Hand-embroidered old Hungarian cross stitch motif is embellished with a simple crochet lace.”

18. 1970s Mixed Media Art

lannie hart mixed media art

Lannie Hart’s 1976 piece Winged Victory combines “masculine” objects like screws, bolts and Lucite with “feminine” crafts including crochet, quilting and embroidery

19. Needlepoint Granny Blanket

needlepoint granny square blanket

This vintage multimedia blanket is sold on Etsy by TatiTatiVintage.

20. Embroidered Crazy Quilt Afghan

embroidered crochet quilt

The Embroidered Crazy Quilt Afghan is a free crochet pattern from Caron.


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