Indian Cross Stitch Knitting Patterns
I’ve always been fascinated by cross stitch knitting stitch, also called the criss cross stitch, the Indian cross stitch, or the yarnover cross stitch. Just by wrapping, slipping, and dropping the stitches in a couple of rows, you can get a unique construction that is sure to get compliments.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Exes and Ohs Shawl
A garter lace and Indian Cross Stitch shawlette/capelet that covers the upper shoulders and back and closes on the neck with a button. . Mixes sport yarn with ribbon yarn. Designed by Amy Williams. Great with multicolor yarn!
Indian Inspiration Shawl
This oversized shawl features sections of lace, Indian Cross Stitch, and textured stitches. Designed by Gudrun Neumann-Mack. Available in English and German. Pictured project by Beatas. Great with multicolor yarn!
Ridges of alternating Indian Basketweave stitch and Garter stitch create this cowl in your choice of short or long size. Great with multicolor yarn! Designed by Melissa Reynolds. Pictured projects by missbabs and dyemama
Reversible Fair Isle Scarf
This scarf features a reversible Indian cross stitch lace section at each end. The body of the scarf is knit in the round as a tube so the scarf looks pretty on both sides. Designed by Clare Hutchinson.
This market bag is knit in the round using a modified version of Indian cross stitch with stockinette stitch handles. Approximately 14 inches wide by 14 inches high. Designed by Kathy Zola. Available in English and German. Pictured project by kpollard22
Yarnover Cross Scarf
This scarf is knit with sections of cross stitch and drop stitches. Designed by Rozetti Yarns. Pictured project by gulf714
This cowl is knit with the Indian Cross Stitch and easily adapted to longer or wider styles. Designed by Reiko Kuwamura. Pictured project by knittily
Cross Stitch Stole
Approximate Finished Measurements 16” wide x 61” long after blocking. Great with multi-color yarn. Designed by Vanessa Ewing.
Lava Baby Blanket
The unique Indian Cross Stitch makes this blanket durable and reversible, with a curving border. Designed by Golden Heart Knitting Pictured project by greensong
Semi circular shawl in Indian Cross Stitch designed by Anniken Allis for Knitty. Stole version also available.
Elis Shoulder Warmer
This is an adaptation of the Ellis cowl. Knit with the Indian Cross Stitch, it is knit larger to work as a capelet. Designed by Reiko Kuwamura. Pictured project by danimily
This versatile accessory by Robyn M. Schrager can be worn many different ways. Knit one rectangle in a drop-stitch cable and garter pattern and then make a clever Y-shaped seam to fashion the armholes. You can now wear the Crosshatch as a swing vest, a sleeveless jacket: with tuxedo cutaway styling, or draped with a handkerchief neckline and fastened at the shoulder with a shawl pin. Knit in lace yarn on large needles.
Cross the Night Sky Vest
Open front vest knit sideways in a yarnover cross stitch pattern. Bust: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” Great with multicolor yarn. Designed by Sandy Huff for Universal Yarn
Patterns for Purchase
This openwork pullover is knit in Indian cross stitch in two identical pieces, then the shoulder and side seams are sewn. Sizes of finished piece: 29.75 (31, 32.25)” wide and 15.5 (16.25, 18.75)” tall. Designed by Sherrie Kibler
Cropped Cross Stitch Top
This sleeveless top features a knit lace hem and cross stitch lace body. Sizes 34½ (37½, 40, 43)” (87.5 [95.5, 101.5, 109] cm) bust/ chest circumference. Designed by Shirley Paden
Cross Stitch Vest
Cross stitch lace adds a stylish touch to this classic v-neck pullover vest. Designed by Christine Marie Chen. Sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large. One of the patterns in Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2016.
Cross Stitch Top
Airy Indian cross stitch lightens up this sleeveless pullover, which works up quickly in bulky yarn. Designed by Christine Marie Chen. Sizes Small, Medium/Large, X-Large. One of the patterns in Noro Knitting Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017, Issue 10
Cross Stitch Shawl and Aran Stole
Vintage pattern set in downloadable PDF file includes a pattern for lace triangular shawl and cable rectangular wrap.
Cross Stitch Skirt and Shell
The skirt and shell both have are bordered with Indian cross stitch. The shell buttons in the back.S, M, L, XL. Designed by Arenda Holladay. One of the patterns in Cast On, May-July 2012
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!