Tunisian Crochet Cross Stitch – Free Pattern and Tutorial

Tunisian crochet cross stitch is a beautiful crochet stitch full of texture. Follow this easy tutorial and make a textured blanket square or a washcloth.

I simply love when you can use a simple crochet stitch and put a twist on it. This creates a beautiful new stitch that looks so much different by just changing a small thing.

Do you enjoy Tunisian crochet? If you were ever curious about this fun technique, take a look at 7 Useful Things you need to know about Tunisian Crochet.

That is exactly what the Tunisian crochet cross stitch is. Simply put, you work two Tunisian simple stitches but crossed over.

It is a super simple technique suitable for beginners. Once you master the basic Tunisian simple stitch, you will be able to work the cross stitch too!

I have used this beautifully textured stitch for a simple afghan block. It would look lovely as part of a Tunisian stitch sampler blanket or cushion cover.

You can also make this square with a 100% cotton yarn and use it as a washcloth or a facecloth.

You can scroll down for the free written pattern pattern or follow the handy video tutorial.


Tunisian Crochet cross stitch tutorial

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Follow this easy and beginner friendly tutorial on how to work the Tunisian crochet cross stitch.

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12″ x 12” square 


6 rows of 8 Tunisian simple stitches is a 2 inch square

tunisian crochet cross stitch close up


ch- chain stitch

tss- Tunisian simple stitch

tcs- Tunisian cross stitch- miss the following stitch, work 1 tss into next st, 1 tss into the missed stitch.

FP- forward pass

RP- return pass

For abbreviations master list as set out by Craft Yarn Council, please CLICK HERE.


  • The pattern starts with a foundation chain
  • The first row consists of a forward pass of Tunisian simple stitch and a standard return pass
  • Following rows are worked as Tunisian cross stitch


Chain 40.

Row 1 FP:  starting in 2nd ch from hook, pick up loop in each chain stitch of the foundation chain leaving all loops on the hook. 40 loops

Row 1 RP: yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook, * yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * across until you have one loop on hook. 

Row 2 FP: *miss next st, 1 tss in next st, 1 tss in missed st; repeat from * across until last st, 1 tss under both strands of last st. 

Row 2 RP: repeat Row 1 RP. 

Repeat Row 2 FP and RP another 24 times. 

For alternative cast off omit last return pass and cast off following THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL.


Fasten off. Sew in all ends. Block to dimensions. 

I hope you enjoyed this stitch tutorial. If you think your crochet friends would like to learn a new stitch, why not share it with them?

If you enjoy Tunisian crochet technique, I have some more advanced patterns too. Check out Tunisian crochet pullover free pattern which is a classic and modern pullover pattern with a V neckline.

My Tunisian crochet ear warmer is a quick and easy pattern that uses the smooth Tunisian Knit stitch.

You might also like Amazing Tunisian Crochet Diamond Square – free pattern.

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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2 thoughts on “Tunisian Crochet Cross Stitch – Free Pattern and Tutorial

    1. and how did you get on? It takes a little practice but it is fun once you get the hang of it ?

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