How To: Read A Cross Stitch Chart

Le 23 July 2015
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    How to Read
    Cross Stitch
    Charts

    Cross stitch design charts may look complicated at first glance, but with our tips below, you’ll break the code in no time! If you start with a small design, learning will be easier.
    Cross Stitch Creatures A cross stitch pattern is just a grid made up of tiny squares. The design chart contains all the information you need to stitch your design, including the types of thread, number of strands, and the fabric type and color. The squares on the chart correspond to the squares on the fabric; every square on the chart that requires a stitch will contain a symbol. The thread color key lists the symbols that correspond to each color in the design Grid lines are usually darker in 10 x 10 sections to make reading the pattern, counting the stitches, and keeping your place easier. Cross stitch patterns have arrows indicating the center of the design; those lines intersect at the center point. Center the design on the fabric to have enough space to complete the design. Charts can be in color or black and white. The symbols tell you if a cross stitch or a fractional stitch is needed.
    • Cross Stitch: A full cross stitch is required if the symbol takes up the entire square or if the whole square is filled with a color.
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    • Half Stitch: In a color chart the stitch is represented as half of a square. In a black and white chart a diagonal slash going from one edge to the opposite edge is often used.
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    • Three Quarter Stitches: In a color chart the stitch is represented as a triangle. In a black and white chart a miniature symbol is frequently used.
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    • Quarter Stitch: In a color chart the stitch is represented as a diagonal line coming halfway to the center of the square. In a black and white chart the stitch is represented as a miniature symbol coming to the center of the square. Sometimes two small symbols in one square indicate that two quarter stitches, in different colors, are needed in that square.
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    • Back Stitch: A line indicates a back stitch is needed.
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    • French Knot: A bold dot indicates a French knot is needed.
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