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Dutch stitch

  • Dutch cross stitch
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This canvaswork stitch consists of three crossing stitches which form a six pointed star.  When worked in rows the stars are offset so that they fit together.

Dutch stitch is generously sponsored by Susan Jessica Holland



Make a vertical stitch from bottom to top across four threads of the canvas.
Bring your needle up one thread down and across two to the left (this corresponds to 10 on a clockface).


Make a diagonal stitch across four threads and down two threads of the canvas (corresponding to 4 on a clockface).


Bring your needle up across four canvas threads to the left (8 on a clockface) and make a diagonal stitch across four threads and up two (2 on a clockface).


Work the pattern in horizontal rows so that the edges of the crosses touch.


The row below should fit into the gaps of the first, touching at the corners of the crosses.

Dutch stitch

Structure of stitch

Common uses

It is a raised, medium-sized stitch that is good for adding texture.

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Dutch stitch

​This crossed stitch is made up of an elongated cross stitch over a straight stitch.


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.106