Double Crossed Diamond Stitch x 4 for Needlepoint

The double crossed diamond stitch for needlepoint or needlework is often worked on needlepoint canvas, Aida cloth or linen.  Sometimes it is referred to as double crossed diamond canvas stitch.  Grouping the stitches together can form a pleasing decorative pattern.

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Double Crossed Diamond Stitch x 4: Method of Completion

  1. When grouping double crossed diamond stitches, always work from left to right in a counter-clockwise direction. 

  2. For each double crossed diamond stitch pattern, start by coming up at 1 and going down at 2.  Prior to coming up at 3, slightly pull the yarn used for the stitch to the left to enlarge the hole traveled through.

  3. Working the stitches around the perimeter, always come up in an empty hole.

  4. For each double crossed diamond pattern, work the stitches in a counter-clock direction, always coming up in an empty whole and going down towards the center.  You will notice that three strands of yarn will go into one hole in the canvas.

  5. Finally, frame the four double crossed diamond pattern with back stitches.  I used a different color on the chart to clearly identify where the back stitches are to be place.

  6. As an alternative to the above, you might decide to start each pattern at the center of the design. In that case, to form the first leg of the cross, you will come up and travel diagonally across for canvas threads and go down in the 4th intersection.  Completing the center cross first, can provide a nice guideline to lay down the rest of your stitches.

Double Crossed Diamond Stitch Characteristics:

Best suited for: borders, accents, geometric and flower patterns.


This pattern is slow to work since careful attention must be paid to the direction and the number of stitches to be used.

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

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

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