Alternating cross stitch
- Double stitch
Begin the first row by working the small cross stitches, which cross a single intersection of the canvas and are spaced one canvas thread apart. Ensure the top thread of the cross is worked from bottom left to top right.
Work back across the row, placing the larger cross stitches between the small cross stitches. The larger stitches are three canvas threads high by one across. Again ensure the top thread is always worked from bottom left to top right.
Begin working the next row by placing the small cross stitch underneath the larger cross of the previous row.
Structure of stitch
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004)
Mary Thomas, Jan Eaton, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (Revised Edition) (1989) , p.77–8
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.100
Rachel Doyle, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Canvaswork (2013) , p.38