Long legged cross stitch

This stitch is so-called because one of the legs is longer than the other.

The completed stitch is twice as wide as it is high, though it is usually worked in rows as a filling stitch.

It can be worked over any number of holes. To work out how to do it, work two symmetrical Cross stitches next to each other and that will give you the base for the Long legged Cross Stitch: however many holes vetically, double it then take one away for the horizontal length, i.e., 5x9, 7x13, etc...

 
 

Instructions

Step 1

The long legged cross stitch and preview video

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Step 2

Bring the thread out at the lower left corner of the first motif to be worked.

Insert needle 8 holes to the right and 4 holes up from where thread emerges (not counting this hole).

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Step 3

Pull thread through to reverse.

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Step 4

Bring thread back through 4 holes directly below where the needle was just inserted.

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Step 5

Insert needle 4 holes to the left and 4 holes up from where thread emerges to complete the motif.

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Step 6

To start a second motif, bring the thread out 4 holes directly below where the needle was inserted and pull thread through.

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Step 7

Repeat the same action as before: Insert needle 8 holes to the right and 4 holes up to work the first half of the motif.

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Step 8

Bring thread back out 4 holes directly below where needle was just inserted.

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Step 9

Insert needle 4 holes to the left and 4 holes up (hole ws used previously for last motif) to complete second motif.

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Step 10

Continue in the same manner to the end of the row.

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