Hello everyone! I’m Katie, a crochet blogger friend of Mary’s. We live just about as far apart as two people could get in the US (She’s up in Alaska, and I’m enjoying sunny Tampa, Florida for the next few years!) but we met on Facebook through a crochet designer group. Don’t you love how crochet brings us together like that? I’m here today with a photo tutorial for one of my favorite easy crochet texture stitches: the Crossed Dc X Stitch!


I use the X stitch in quite a few of my crochet projects because it’s a really easy way to add a pop of texture to any crochet project. Even a beginner can master Crossed Double Crochet stitches with a bit of practice and a good photo tutorial.

If you’re looking for a great project to practice the Crossed Dc X Stitch on, check out the XO Textured Toque and the XO Textured Cowl patterns I just released for Valentine’s Day. They do have some festive undertones, but I love that the design is subtle enough to wear year round. (Well, okay, maybe not in Florida weather!)

Here’s a closeup photo of the stitching in my daughter’s XO Textured toque. Do you see the “X” stitches? (The “O” stitches are 3dc cluster stitches!)

crochet hat

Click on the XO Textured Toque it to your Ravelry favorites or queue so you can practice the Crossed Dc X Stitch later!

Don’t you love the sneaky Xs and Os in this hat pattern? I like to put little hidden messages into my crochet work sometimes. Plus, this texture adds a lot of style for just a tiny alteration. It’s really just double crochet with creative placement. Even a beginner can crochet the Crossed Dc Stitch!

I hope you enjoy this textured stitch tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it.

Here’s what you’ll need to learn:

Materials for Crocheting the Crossed Dc X Stitch:

For this tutorial, I’m using a Boye ergonomic H/5.0mm crochet hook.

Feel free to substitute the yarn and hook of your choice! I have a fairly average tension, so I usually use the hook size recommended by the manufacturer.


Ch: chain

Dc: double crochet

Sk: skip

St: stitch

Crossed Dc X Stitch Swatch Pattern Instructions:

Begin with a chain as long as you would like your project to be, then add 2 more for a turning chain. (Note: I don’t count my turning chain as a stitch.)

You’ll want to use an even number of stitches whether you’re working flat like this tutorial swatch or a traditional scarf, or in the round for a hat or cowl.

Row 1: Ch2, Dc in 4th ch. Dc in 3rd ch. *Sk 1, Dc in next. Dc in skipped st.*

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Dc in each stitch across.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc in 2nd st. Dc in 1st skipped st. *Sk 1, Dc in next. Dc in skipped st.*

Repeat Rows 2-3 until you’ve reached the size swatch you’d like, or until you feel comfortable with the stitch.

Note: the turning chain will break up your pattern just a bit, especially when working in rows. You can avoid this in the round, and I’ve detailed how in my XO Textured Toque Pattern.

Crossed Dc X Stitch Step By Step Photo Tutorial

Begin by skipping a stitch, and placing a double crochet into the next stitch.

Your next stitch will be worked into this empty space here.

Yarn over, then swing your hook around behind the post of the double crochet you’ve just made.

Next, insert it into the hook from front to back. This can feel fidgety at first, but you’ll get used to it quickly!

Then, simply complete your double crochet stitch as normal.

When you’ve completed the entire row, you’ll have something about like this:

That’s it! Wasn’t that easier than it looks? Just a quick turn of your hook can create this gorgeous Crossed Double Crochet Stitch with an X Texture.

Looking to try it out? Hop over to the XO Textured Toque or XO Textured Cowl patterns to practice! Both are free, and you can make both from one Mandala Cake.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning the 3Dc Cluster Stitch. If you decide to make the XO Textured Toque and Cowl Set, I would love to see your WIPs and Finished Projects! Share them with me on the Salty Pearl Crochet Facebook Page or tag me on Instagram @SaltyPearlCrochet or with the hashtag #saltypearlcrochet.

Katie is a crochet designer and blogger at SaltyPearlCrochet.com. She’s the wife of a U.S. Marine, and mom to two kids and the world’s fluffiest border collie.
When she’s not crocheting or chasing her critters, you’ll probably find her on the beach in Florida.
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