I’m sure if you’ve been around any cross stitch community for a while, you would have heard the terms “over one” and “over two.” In case you have no clue what these mean (or you’re not sure when you should use each), this video tutorial should help you stitch up your projects like a pro. 🙂 In a future tutorial I’ll also show you some tricks for stitching over one on linen or evenweave, as the weave of the fabric can sometimes make your stitches “slide” under the strands of fabric.
- Over one = one stitch over one grid square of your fabric, no matter the fabric type.
- Over two = one stitch over two holes or grid squares of your fabric.
- Usually patterns will be stitched over two if using a high thread count fabric like linen or evenweave fabric
- Stitches are the same size if stitching over one on 14 count Aida versus 28 count linen/evenweave
When to use over one vs over two?
- If you want to use high thread count fabric like linen or evenweave, it’s usually ok to stitch over two.
- Check the finished size on the pattern via the number of stitches (divide the # of stitches by the thread count of the fabric, like 140 / 14 = 10″ on 14 count or over two on 28 count). Some patterns are massive and if you stitch over two you won’t be able to find fabric wide enough for the project.
Formula to remember:
# of stitches divided by thread count of the fabric = finished size in inches (not including your framing/finishing margin).