How to Cross-Stitch on Single Crochetcomments (7) September 3rd, 2008
Add a personal touch to gifts with a cross-stitched monogram. You can cross-stitch over any area of single crochet with ease—just treat each single crochet stitch like a square on aida cloth (used for cross-stitching). Here I will show you how to plot and execute your design. I am working on a camera case, but this technique really flourishes on larger projects, too. For instance, you could make a pillow and use several different colors of yarn, or write words on a hat or scarf, and you don't have to deal with color changes as you work.
• Swatch or item made in single crochet (focus on a straight area of the piece where there are no increases or decreases in any rows—a washcloth would be a good item to start with)
• Contrasting color yarn in similar weight to the swatch
• Blunt yarn needle
• Graph paper (you can print some out for free here)
Using a blunt yarn needle, weave a contrasting color yarn through the work to border the area where you want your design. This will make it much easier to count your stitches both now and when you are stitching the design. Count the number of stitches across and the number of rows contained in your design area.
Mark off the area of stitches on graph paper, according to your count. For instance, 10 rows x 10 stitches would be 10 graph paper rows, each 10 squares wide. The larger the area you have to work with, the more detailed and intricate your design can be. If you are working with a relatively small area, it's best to stick to a linear, graphic design with just one color. I tried the cursive L shown above on my case first, and it was impossible to tell what it was trying to be, so I switched to more structured letters. You can shade in each box to get an idea of what the overall silhouette of your design will look like. If you are working on a larger area, like a pillow, you can even use a traditional cross-stitch pattern for the design—just choose one with the same (or fewer) number of squares as you have stitches.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery