# Question: How do you count squares in cross stitch?

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## What is the difference between 14 and 18 count Aida?

The different types of Aida cloth are labeled according to their thread count. Therefore, 14 Aida cloth is a 14-count fabric which gives 14 stitches per inch, and 18 Aida cloth gives 18 stitches per inch, since it is an 18-count fabric.

## What does each small square on the cross stitch fabric represent?

Cross stitch designs are traditionally depicted as a series of squares laid out on a grid. Each square on the grid corresponds to a single stitch. Like the grid paper you might be familiar with from math class, darker lines are drawn in 10-by-10 square sections to make reading the chart and keeping your place easier.

## How many threads should I use for 18 count Aida?

In the case of 18 count Aida I would suggest either 1 or 2 depending on how “heavy” or “solid” you want the finished piece to look. A single strand will result in a delicate piece of work, but you may prefer the more solid coverage from using 2 strands.

## Do you double the thread in cross stitch?

Use a single or double strand of thread, see pattern key for instructions. Bring the needle up through the fabric at the point of the first stitch (I), leaving 2 cm at the back, and bring the needle back through the fabric at the point where the stitch will end (J), this creates one backstitch.

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## Does Aida have a right and wrong side?

Does Aida Fabric Have a Right and Wrong Side? As far as anyone can tell, no it does not. But then Aida cloth is rarely used to create clothing where a right and wrong side would matter. Both sides look the same so you do not have to worry about if you used the wrong side for your pattern.

## What does DMC mean in cross stitch?

Cross Country – thread being used continuously across sections of a pattern when stitching rather than being finished off in one section and started again hence, looking a bit ‘cross country’ from behind! DMC – one of the most popular brands of thread (or floss) used for embroidery and cross stitch.

## Can you use 14 count Aida for a 16 count pattern?

You can use either 14 or 16 ct for any project. If a pattern calls for 16 ct and you choose 14 ct, the final piece will be a little larger than it says on the pattern.

## What is Backstitching in cross stitch?

Backstitching is simply looking for the “end” point of your next stitch and then finishing the stitch using the “beginning” hole.