How to Crochet the Crossed Double Crochet (XDC)
By Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence
The crossed double crochet stitch (xdc) is one of my personal favorite stitches. It seems to be a bit of a secret stitch in the sense that it’s little used and yet it’s a really easy stitch to do, requiring only basic crochet stitch skills, specifically knowledge of how to do a double crochet. It is a great decorative stitch that can work for a variety of different items. It is especially great for edgings and borders.
Crochet a starting chain of any odd number length. The example here is a chain of 15.
Skip four stitches and dc into the fifth chain from the hook. (This counts as the first dc and the first skipped stitch).
Dc in the fourth chain from the hook. What you are doing here is working backwards, crossing back over in front of the dc that you just made in step two; this is what creates the X effect.
Skip the next stitch and dc into the following stitch.
Dc in the skipped stitch, again working back over the dc you just created so that you get the X stitch.
Repeat steps four and five to the end of the row.
This completes a row of double crossed stitches. If you want to continue with additional rows, you will turn, chain three (counts as first double crochet), skip the first dc, dc into the second dc and then cross back over and dc into the skipped stitch, effectively repeating the above steps on the new row.
Looking for a pattern that uses the crossed dc stitch? Try Red Heart’s free pattern for the One Ball Baby Blanket designed by Katherine Eng.