Often you’ll run across a pattern that calls for a partial cross stitch – either a half of a stitch, or a quarter of a stitch. While a quarter of a stitch is easy, working a half stitch can be a little trickier.
Here’s a little tutorial that’ll make it easy to know how to work a half stitch in a cross stitch project, suitable for use with any DMC Embroidery Thread.
A full cross stitch (top diagram) is worked using two diagonal stitches. The first half of the stitch is worked on the bottom – from the lower left to the upper right (shown in light red). The second half is worked on top of the first stitch in the opposite direction – from the upper left to the lower right (shown in the darker red).
The partial stitches should always be worked in the same manner to keep the stitching consistent:
When stitching for use in the upper left area of a pattern, the full lower stitch is worked, followed by a partial upper stitch that meets the lower stitch in the center of the stitch area.
When stitching for the upper right area of a pattern, the partial lower stitch is worked first from the center of the stitch area to the upper corner. this stitch is followed by the upper stitched, worked across the entire stitch area.
To work a partial stitch in the lower left area of a pattern, work the partial lower stitch first, working from the lower left to the center of the stitch area, followed by the upper stitch.
…and in the lower right area of a pattern, work the lower stitch first, followed by a partial upper stitch worked from the center of the stitch area, over the lower stitch, and into the lower left corner.
That’s all there is to it!