Video Guide to the Cross Stitch Calculator
Definition for Each Field Above
Use this cross stitch calculator to figure our how much fabric you need, what size tapestry needle to use and how many strands of floss for cross stitch and back stitch for your next cross stitch project.
Answer these above and let the calculator do all the work for you:
How many stitches high and wide is your pattern?
If you’ve got a really good pattern, this information is likely printed somewhere on the front page.
If not, look at the pattern grid. At the top and to the left of the grid, you’ll see a grid count for every 10 rows and columns, near the bold grid line. This where you find how many stitches high and wide your pattern is.
What is Your Fabric Count?
The “count” of a fabric indicates how many threads (for linen and evenweave) or fabric squares (for aida) per linear inch.
If you still have the original fabric packaging, this should be printed right on the label.
If you don’t know the thread count, place a ruler over the threads and count how many stitches would fit in a one-inch row. Then add 1 or 2, just in case.
Will you stitch Over 1 or Over 2?
If you’re stitching on aida, choose Over 1.
If you’re stitching on evenweave or linen, you have a choice. Over 1 means that you will stitch your crosses over one thread per stitch. Over 2 means that each stitch will cover 2 threads.
Generally, for counts higher than 24, you will almost always choose Over 2.
How Many Inches for the Border?
The border is the amount of fabric between the stitching space and the frame. This is easier to answer of you have some idea of how you will finish your cross stitch project.
When in doubt, use 3 inches.
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How Many Inches for Mounting?
Mounting is how much fabric will be taken up under the frame and/or sewing around the back of the mounting board.
If you’re finishing in a hoop, use 2 inches. Find crazy easy embroidery hoop finish ideas here.
If you’re finishing in a frame, use 3 inches. Learn to finish your cross stitch in a frame with a sticky-back mount.
Feel Free to Adjust
The values above are a guide. Feel free to change the numbers to fit each project, or to suit your personal preferences.