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Cross Stitch Charts

cross stitch design is usually worked from a chart – a graph-like structure used to display stitch placement in a design. Although they predominantly show symbols and colours, charts also indicate stitch types, beads and stranded cotton colours. A chart can look a little perplexing at first, but it's really very simple when broken down!

Grid Markings

Charts have grid markings that make it easier to keep your place when stitching  the squares on the chart correlate to the squares on your fabric. To match them up, simply find the middle point of your fabric and cross-reference it with the middle point of the chart. Each symbol seen in the squares in the grid represents a stitch and a colour of thread. If there's no symbol in the square, you don't need to stitch there on your fabric.

Chart Symbols

The symbols found within cross stitch charts represent colours as well as stitches. They usually differ from brand-to-brand, as well as whether it's a colour chart or a black-and-white chart, but generally speaking they follow the following rules:

Full Cross Stitch

Full Cross Stitch

If a symbol or colour takes up an entire (or almost entire) square in the grid, it represents a full cross stitch.

Half Stitch

Half Stitch

If the symbol or colour takes up half the square, or you see a diagonal slash, you should perform a half stitch.

Quarter Stitch

Quarter Stitch

A diagonal line coming from the corner of the square and stopping at the centre of the square, or a miniature symbol coming to the centre of the square, represents a quarter stitch.

Three Quarter Stitch

Three Quarter Stitch

A triangle or miniature symbol usually represents a three quarter stitch.

Back Stitch

Back Stitch

A line in the square signifies a back stitch.

French Knot

French Knot

A bold dot in the square signifies a French knot.

Chart Key

Your chart is accompanied by a key which explains what each symbol seen within the grid means in terms of colour and type of stitch. You'll often see a list of symbols followed by stranded cotton colour numbers  if you see that symbol in a square, you simply need to stitch that colour there. Below the key, there are also instructions which tell you the brand of cotton the chart is based on, as well as how many strands to use.

Centralising Your Cross Stitch Design

On top of all this, you'll also find arrows on the grid to show where the centre of the design is. Stitchers generally begin stitching in the middle of the design to ensure that it'll be centralised on their fabric  so these arrows are especially useful for this reason! To find the centre of the design, simply find the place where the four arrows intersect.

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