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The Zeros and Crosses Crochet Stitch Tutorial

This stitch tutorial will give you written instructions and a video tutorial to help you learn the Zeros and Crosses Stitch. This stitch is super pretty, but also very easy! Enjoy learning it!

photo of the zeros and crosses stitch worked up in grey yarn with a crochet hook

The Zeros and Crosses Stitch is such a fun crochet stitch that adds beautiful texture to your crochet projects without adding difficulty. This stitch pattern is super easy to learn so you’ll be adding it to your crochet projects in no time!  

The Zero and Crosses Stitch will give your project a little bit of a lacy texture with more structure or sturdiness to it as well. It’s also a completely reversible stitch so both sides of your project will look great!

I’ve created a video tutorial for the Zeros and Crosses Stitch on my YouTube Channel HERE that goes along with this written tutorial.

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How to Crochet the Zeros and Crosses Stitch

Stitches you’ll need:

  • Ch – chain
  • SC – single crochet
  • DC – double crochet

*Note – this tutorial is written using US terms.


2sts + 1 + 3 for the foundation chain

This means that the Zeros and Crosses stitch pattern requires a multiple of 2 stitches for your starting chain, and then add on four extra stitches. For example, if you’d like your project to be 24 stitches of Zeros and Crosses, you’ll need to start with a chain of 28 stitches.

The Stitch Pattern

This stitch is created by a three-row repeat. First, the zeros are created with double crochet stitches followed by a chain stitch and a skipped stitch. Next, the crosses are created with crossed double crochet stitches. Lastly, a row of single crochet will be worked after each zeros and crosses section.

First, start by working a starting chain of your desired length (according to the multiple above), then continue below.

Note that the ch 3 or ch 4 at the start of each row counts as one of the DC stitches of that row.

Row 1: DC in the 6th ch from your hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, DC in next; repeat from * to the end, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, skip first ch space, *DC in next ch space, DC in skipped ch space inserting your hook from behind the first DC; repeat from * to the end, finish the row with a DC in the 4th ch from the start of the previous row, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, SC in first st and in each st across to end of row, working your last SC into the top of the ch 3 from the start of the previous row, turn.

Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as 1 DC and 1 ch), skip next st, DC in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, DC in next st, repeat from * to end, finish the row with a DC in the ch 1 from the start of the previous row, turn.

Row 5: Repeat rows 2-4 as desired.

Now you can choose your crochet project for this stitch and have fun working it up! Remember, you can always change up this stitch pattern depending on your preferences with your project. You could do a bunch of zeros rows before a crosses row or add additional rows of SC in between.

A section of the zeros and crosses stitch crocheted and laid flat

I hope you have enjoyed this stitch tutorial and found the instructions clear and helpful!

If you’re ready to practice this stitch on a crochet pattern, you can check out the Sandy Sunset Tote crochet pattern! This pattern features the Zeros and Crosses Stitch, but worked in the round instead. There’s a video tutorial to help you along the way with this pattern too.

Or, you can view all of the crochet patterns on the blog right HERE!

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