How to Crochet a Cross

By Katelyn Kelley

Things Needed

  • Yarn or crochet thread
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

A crochet cross can be used as a household decoration, a holiday ornament or a bookmark. If you use yarn to crochet the cross, it will be thick and suitable for decor or ornaments. You should use size 10, 20 or 30 bedspread weight crochet cotton instead if you want the crochet cross to be a bookmark. Then it will fit more comfortably between the pages of a book. A cross in single crochet stitch works up quickly and is a good project for beginners to try.

The Vertical Bar

Begin with a chain that is one stitch longer than the width you want for the vertical part of the cross. See Resources for a refresher in basic crochet technique if you need it.

Single crochet in each stitch across to complete one row. Chain 1 and turn at the end.

Repeat step 2 until the vertical bar for the cross is the length you want. Fasten off.

The Horizontal Bar

Turn the vertical bar sideways with the top to your right, and determine where you want the horizontal bar of the cross to be. Join the yarn or thread to the side of a stitch on the vertical bar using a single crochet stitch.

Work in the ends of the rows on the vertical bar using single crochet stitches until you have the width you want for the horizontal bar. Chain 1 and turn the work.

Single crochet in each stitch across to complete one row. Chain 1 and turn. Repeat the single crochet rows until this half of the horizontal bar is as long as you need it to be. Fasten off.

Move to the other side of the vertical bar and join the yarn with a single crochet in the side of a stitch directly across from the top of the horizontal bar you just did so the two halves will line up.

Repeat Step 3 until the this half of the horizontal bar matches the one you did previously. Fasten off.

Use the yarn needle to weave in all loose ends.

About the Author

Katelyn Kelley worked in information technology as a computing and communications consultant and web manager for 15 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2003. She specializes in instructional and technical writing in the areas of computers, gaming and crafts. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science from Boston College.