How to Embroider Names on a Single Crochet

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How to Embroider Names on a Single Crochet
Use a brightly-coloured yarn to cross stitch a name on a crocheted item. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

After lovingly crocheting a gift, make the item even more personal to the recipient by crocheting her name on it. The single crochet stitch, with its even dimensions, makes it easy to envision where each cross stitch fits. Regardless of what the item is -- an iPod cover, scarf, mittens or a beanie, adding the person's name makes it an even more special item. To complete this process, you need to be comfortable with cross stitching into a crocheted fabric and drawing the design out.

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Things you need

  • Yarn in a contrasting colour
  • Large eye tapestry needle
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Mark your stitching area using your large eye tapestry needle and a length of the yarn with which you plan to stitch.

  2. 2

    Weave the yarn in and out through the item you are going to stitch. As you weave the yarn, count the number of stitches down and across.

  3. 3

    Draw your name design on the graph paper, using one grid per single crochet stitch. The design you sketch on the graph paper should contain the same number of grids going across and down as you marked with the yarn.

  4. 4

    Thread your large eye tapestry needle with a 20-inch length of yarn.

  5. 5

    Look at a single crochet stitch and notice it has four corners with small holes adjacent to each corner. These small holes are the guide for each cross stitch you will make.

  6. 6

    Bringing your needle from the bottom of your crocheted item to the top, start cross stitching your design. Start the first stitch on the lower left side of the design area. The needle should come up from the underside of the item, then down into the hole located diagonally.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your planned design as simple as you can. A simple design will be easier to sketch and cross stitch.
  • Do not make a knot with the cross stitching yarn. Instead, catch the end on the bottom of your crocheted item with your fingers. As you make the first few cross stitches, allow the stitches on the underside of your crocheted piece to "catch" the tail of yarn, making it secure.
  • As you begin stitching, stitch the first "leg" of the X, beginning on the lower-left side of the single crochet stitch and bringing the thread down on the upper-right side of the same crochet stitch. When you finish that segment of your design, come back by stitching the second "leg" of each X, beginning the second half of each stitch on the upper left side of each single crochet stitch and bringing the thread down in the lower right side of each stitch.
  • Weave the end of yarn neatly under your cross stitched design instead of making a knot. Cut the thread as close to the design as possible.
  • Tunisian crochet (afghan crochet, Tunisian knit) lends itself especially well to cross stitched designs. The crocheted design creates small squares, making easy to see where each cross stitch should go.
  • Do not allow your yarn to "travel" from one part of your stitching area to the next. The back of your design area will look sloppy and, if you are using a dark thread to cross stitch on a light background, the darker yarn may show through to the front of the crocheted item.

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