In this tutorial I will share how to crochet the crossed double crochet stitch. Then I will elaborate on how to do the same technique for the crossed treble crochet stitch.
How to Crochet The Crossed Double Crochet Stitch
The crossed double crochet stitch (xdc) is one of my personal favorite stitches. It seems to be a bit of a secret stitch in the sense that it’s little used and yet it’s a really easy stitch to do, requiring only basic crochet stitch skills, specifically knowledge of how to do a double crochet. It is a great decorative stitch that can work for a variety of different items. It is especially great for edgings and borders.
Crochet a starting chain of any odd number length. The example here is a chain of 15.
Skip four stitches and dc into the fifth chain from the hook. (This counts as the first dc and the first skipped stitch).
Dc in the fourth chain from the hook. What you are doing here is working backwards, crossing back over in front of the dc that you just made in step two; this is what creates the X effect.
Skip the next stitch and dc into the following stitch.
Dc in the skipped stitch, again working back over the dc you just created so that you get the X stitch.
Repeat steps four and five to the end of the row.
This completes a row of double crossed stitches. If you want to continue with additional rows, you will turn, chain three (counts as first double crochet), skip the first dc, dc into the second dc and then cross back over and dc into the skipped stitch, effectively repeating the above steps on the new row.
How to Crochet The Crossed Treble Crochet Stitch
The crossed treble crochet stitch is made in a similar fashion except, of course, that you use treble crochet stitches instead of dc stitches.
In Step Two, this means that you need to add an additional chain stitch: Skip five stitches and trc into the sixth chain from the hook.
And when you make additional rows, you need a turning chain of four stitches instead of three. Here’s what it looks like:
The tutorial for the crossed double crochet stitch is a reprint of an article I originally wrote for the Crochet Today blog. I also did a full tutorial there for the crossed treble crochet stitch.