Memory Crochet Cross
We always want to remember the ones we love, but sometimes having their photo around can make the you feel sad. This is why I created the Memory cross. I wanted something to remind me of my mother that I can set out as a decoration, but did not give me the sense of longing and sadness I can sometimes get when I look at her picture. I lost I my mother five years ago to cancer. She had fought off cancer for seven years and finally moved on to a better place. It was a hard time for our family, because no matter how bad her cancer became she always seemed to pull through.
We prayed on and on for her to be healed and every time she would get better. As her cancer progressed and she started to get more and more worn down, I realized when I prayed for healing that threes too was to be healed. Five years ago she was completely healed and joined her God in heaven. She was a very religious person and shared her faith with everyone she met. I mean EVERYONE. We could not go anywhere with out her asking someone, “Do you want to hear a God story?” That was her term for the small miracles she experienced regularly. She believed God interacted in your everyday life and sent small miracles to help her keep the faith.
Now that you know more about my mother, I am sure you can see why this little crochet cross was the perfect pattern to create for her. I have placed this little piece on my yarn shelf and it makes me smile every time I see it. I hope this little piece will help you honor the memory of your loved ones as well.
This is a relatively easy pattern to crochet. It only requires you to know the chain, single and slip stitch. I have provided many photos, because occasionally you will need to end your yarn and start in a new location. I used Bernat Satin yarn that gives this cross a pretty shine. I provide instructions to make the cross long enough to stand up in this little pot or more accurate to a cross shape if you choose not to use the pot. Craft foam is used to give the cross stability and a nice shape. I did not give measurement for the foam pieces in the materials section. How big your foam will be cut will depend on your gauge. My gauge is provided and the foam measurements are provided further down.
Bernat Satin Yarn One Skein
Hook size E ( 3.5 mm)
Needle or smaller hook to weave in ends
Stitch Marker or different color piece of yarn
Craft foam (or polyfil)
3 in Terra Cotta pot (optional)
Fake Flowers (optional)
Hot glue (optional)
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Slst- Slip stitch
Gauge and Dimensions:
My cross measures 12 inches tall by 6 inches wide with flower pot and decorations. My gauge was 10 sc across and 10 sc rows high measured 2 inches by 2 inches. If you gauge is different you can change your hook size or you can make your cross and just cut your craft foam to fit your piece.
Top section of Cross
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 9 ch, (10 sc)
Row 2- 10: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc of the previous row. (10 sc)
Row 11: Ch 1, turn. Sc in the next 10 sts, turn and sc down the side of your work (this will be another 10 sts), turn, sc in each ch of the starting ch (another 10 sc total), turn, sc down the side of your work (last set of 10 sc). Slst to the first sc of this row. You will have a total of 40 sc, 10 on each side.
Row 12-20: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around, slst to the first sc. (40 sc)
Do not finish off! Continue to the next section.
Middle Section of the Cross
Row 1: Starting where you left off, ch 1 and turn. Sc in the next 10 sts. (10 sc)
Row 2-10: Ch 1, turn. Sc in the next 10 sts. (10 sc)
Cut off and weave in your end.
Go back to the first st of the Middle Section row 1. Count over 10 stitches into the unworked area and slst into the 11 st. Now you can Ch1 and start row 1 of the Middle section. Once you repeat row 1 – 10 it should look like the picture below. Do not finish off. We will continue working with your yarn. (I tried to minimize how many ends I had to weave in.
Now we have the top of the middle section and we are going to work in the sides of the middle section.
Next 10 rows: Ch 1, turn. Sc in the top and side of each st around. You will have a total of 80 sc. Slst to the first sc. Ch 1, turn and repeat until you have a total of ten rows look like the picture below (Minus the flaps. We will make those next!)
Alright once you have the sides of the middle section done we are going to two more flaps just like we did for the top of the middle section.
From where you are at, Ch 1 and sc 10 done the smaller end of the cross. (Ch 1, turn and Sc 10) until you have another 10 rows. You will finish this flap off here and weave in you end. For the next flap, start at the bottom of the first flap and count 30 stitches down the long side and slst to the 31 sc. Ch 1 and sc down the next 10 sc, (Ch 1 , turn, sc back across the 10 sc) repeat until you have 10 rows. Finish off this flap.
Take your craft foam and cut two pieces measuring 2in x 2in x 2in. You will insert these into the sides of the cross. Use some yarn and a needle to sew the two flaps on to the bottom of the middle section of the cross. You will be leaving 10 sc between both flaps. You may need to stretch the work just a bit to get it to fit. The craft foam helps give the cross a really nice shape. Your finished piece so far should look a little like the picture below.
If you decided to use polyfil you can wait until the very end to fill the entire cross.
Bottom section of Cross:
Row 1: Slst to a corner of the cross. You may look at which corner was the turning corner in the top section of the cross and choose the same corner. Ch 1 and sc in each sc around. Slst to first sc. (40 sc)
Row 2 – 20 (or 40): Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st. Slst to first sc.
How many rows?
Look at the picture below and decide how big you want your cross. If you want your cross to end at the top of the flower pot, then crochet 20 rows. I crocheted 40 rows. This makes the cross look too big on its own but allows it to sit wedged into the pot. Once you know how long you want your cross you can cut your craft foam to fit the center of your cross. My center foam was 2in x 2in x 12in tall. Insert your foam to make sure everything is to your liking.
Last thing to crochet is a flap to cover the end. With your yarn still attached from the last section, (Ch 1 and turn, sc in the next 10 sts). Repeat this for a total of ten rows. Cut your yarn and sew the other three sides of this flap to the bottom of the cross and weave in all your ends. Now you can decorate your cross and put it up as a nice decoration.
If you want to make your cross look like mine, all you have to do is put the bottom of the cross into a 3 inch terra cotta pot. Feel free to hot glue it in. Add some moss around the base and hot glue a few fake flowers on. I placed a little bit of the green moss under the flowers for a little something extra. Now your piece is all done and ready to be displayed.
Let me know how you like this pattern and if there is anything I can do to improve my pattern writing. This was my first time trying to write a photo tutorial and constructive criticism is very welcomed. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try and help the best I can. If you decide to make a In Loving Memory Cross of your own, I would LOVE to see a photo! If you share it on social media be sure to tag me @windingroadcrochet or #windingroadcrochet.
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