Crossed Diamond Stitch for Needlepoint

The crossed diamond stitch for needlepoint or needlework is often used on canvas,  Aida cloth or linen.  Sometimes this stitch is referred to as crossed diamond canvas stitch.

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Crossed Diamond Stitch Method of Completion

For the crossed diamond stitch pattern, I often start with the center cross stitch (A-B and C-D) to mark the center of the pattern, being careful of the tension.

Working the stitches around the perimeter, come up in an empty hole at 1 and go down at 2 pulling slightly toward the hole you come up at.

Work the stitches in a counter-clock direction, always coming up in an empty whole and going down  the center, slightly pulling towards the stitch where you come up.

Finally, frame the diamond pattern with back stitches.  I used a different color on the chart to clearly indicate the progression of stitches.

Crossed Diamond Stitch Characteristics:

Best suited for: Strong border patterns.

Ideal for borders and design elements for geometric or flower patterns scattered through your design.


  • Slow to work since careful attention must be paid to the direction of the stitches.

  • Depending on the yarn or thread used, the stitch will for a medium in texture and relatively strong pattern.

  • Use different color and thicknes of yarn or thread for greater impact or interest.

  • An interesting pattern can be formed by combining 4 crossed diamond stitches.

Other Needlepoint Stitches You Might Like To Explore:

Just click on any of the images below to see the stitches of your choice.

Tied Stitches
Straight Stitches for Needlepoint
Box Stitches for Needlepoint
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