The crossed double crochet (xdc) is one of my favourite stitches and has appeared in several of my designs. It’s a pretty stitch which brings some lovely texture to a project, especially blankets and winter makes.
It may seem like a difficult stitch, but if you can crochet a double crochet (UK treble), then you’ll be able to crochet a crossed double crochet!
For this tutorial, I used:
- Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Blush Pink
- 4mm hook
- Yarn needle
To create a crossed double crochet, miss 1 st and make 1 sc in next st
You will now be working into the stitch that you have missed, crossing the dc over the last dc made. This completes the first xdc.
Repeat this all the way until the last st, 1 dc and turn
- Chain stitch
- Sc – Single crochet (UK dc)
- Dc – Double crochet (UK tr)
- Xdc – Crossed double crochet (UK xtr)
- This pattern is written in US crochet terms
- The chain 3 at the start of each row counts as 1 dc and needs to be worked in to
- You will need to crochet an odd number chain
Row 1: Chain 27, sc in 2nd ch from hook and to end of starting ch, turn (26)
Row 2: Ch 3, xdc across row until 1 at left, 1 dc, turn
Row 3 – 12: Rep row 2, break yarn and fasten off
Weave in all ends and block gently with a steam iron.
Unsure what to do with your swatches? If you’re not sure what to do with any swatches, they can be gently blocked to the same size and joined together to make a patchwork effect blanket!