Crochet Tutorial: The Crossed Treble Stitch (or Cane Work or Star Mesh st).

This tutorial has been on my list of things to do for quite a while. As soon as I saw the stitch I loved it!  I absolutely knew I wanted to crochet something with the crossed treble/cane work/star mesh stitch. The trouble was, I didn’t understand the written pattern I’d found. With a bit of research and some trawling of Pinterest I found a few different versions. Each version had its own take and they were all written completely differently from one another. Meh! Eventually I pieced together how it was done and in an effort to save you from all that faffing I’ve filmed a tutorial. I hope you like it. Click on the pic above to get to YouTube.

Also, I’m quite pleased that my faffings turned into a design. I used the stitch in my Holey Smokes! shawl, which is available on Ravelry. Read more about it Here. It’s a crochet fade!

To accompany the tutorial, I thought it’d also be helpful to share with you the relevant patterns that I found. They’re not all identical but essentially the elements are there. They’re in the following places: Page 47 of this crochet stitch dictionary, the book I show in the video is this one, there’s a written pattern named the Cane Work stitch in issue 59 of Simply Crochet, it’s called the Star Mesh stitch Here, and here’s a pic break down on Pinterest.  You should find these useful. Finally, below is my version with pictures (please note, it just demonstrates the crossed treble itself not the swatch instructions):

The Crossed Treble is worked over 3 stitches (inc a missed stitch in the middle). The bottom “legs” of the cross are made first and then, the top right “arm”. The second “arm” is a treble worked into the centre of the cross.

YO twice, insert hook into required st, YO & pull through lp (4 lps on hook), YO & pull through 2 lps (3 lps on hook), YO, miss 1 st, insert hook into next st, YO & pull through lp (5 lps on hook), (YO & pull through 2 lps on hook) 4 times, ch 1, YO, insert hook in middle 2 st of cross, YO & pull through (3 lps on hook), (YO & pull through 2 lps) twice.


If you want to do a straight up swatch like I do in the tutorial, you’ll need to chain multiples of 4. Begin the first Crossed Tr in the 6th ch from hook. At the end, turn and ch 5 to begin the next second row. The rest of the pattern is a repeat of the second row which staggers the CT’s over the ones of the row below. Eeh, watch the vid and you’ll know what I mean!

Good luck and enjoy!! Cheers. X

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

13 thoughts on “Crochet Tutorial: The Crossed Treble Stitch (or Cane Work or Star Mesh st).

  1. Rosina thank you so!!! Much for the video I really am a visual learner now I will be able to make your beautiful shawl and baby blanket right now I am working on the Urban Stripe shawl and I really love the modern look of it ! The way it drapes ECT. You are my favorite designer. Happy New Year

    1. You’re welcome! It’s a tricky stitch to learn and I knew this would be helpful.
      Glad you’re enjoying the Urban Stripe. I love the simplicity of that one, it works really well (if I’m allowed to say that about my own design!!).
      Thank you so much and Happy New Year to you too 😀

  2. This stitch is lovely! I’ll definitely be having a go.
    I feel like I’ve neglected your marvellous blog and vlog recently- I’m so sorry! I have watched the last two episodes but never got round to commenting ☹️ I enjoyed them very much, you got some nice yarny gifts! I love the Granny-a-long idea, would a wip be allowed as it might give the the incentive to actually finish the 🤬🤬🤬🤬ing thing!!!? Much love, Teresa

    1. Thank you Teresa! That’s OK! January is a weird month where it takes an age to get back into the swing of things!
      Granny is a go go, the blog post is written and the Ravelry thread is in place. I’m really looking forward to it. Are you thinking of finishing your jacket?

      1. How did you know??!!! Yep that’s the project I’m hoping to finish and hopefully swan around in for a few days before spring comes! I’m looking forward to the CAL, yay you for organising me!! 😆

Leave a Reply