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‘X’, ‘O’ motifs – Free Pattern!

Hugs and kisses are commonly represented as ‘xoxo’. This pattern consists of two hugs and kisses motifs – ‘X’ and ‘O’ – that can be used in a number of ways: as appliques on garments, be stitched on to blankets (think Valentine’s day theme!), or be joined together to build garments. I decided to make a bunch of them and joined them together to made a beautiful wrap and a pillow cover (I have some pictures in the end!).

Please leave me a comment if you like this pattern. I’d love to hear from you! You can add this pattern to your Ravelry queue.

Skill Level

Easy – I used the join-as-you-go method to join the motifs. If you are aware of it already, this pattern is very straightforward. If not, here is a photo tutorial for you.

  1. Scheepjes stonewashed or riverwashed yarn OR Sport weight yarn
    • ~3 yards (~2.7m) per motif
  2. 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook*
  3. Scissors
  4. Tapestry needle to weave in tails

Gauge is not really important here. You can use any yarn with an appropriate hook to make these motifs. This will mean a change in the size of the motifs but the pattern will remain the same.

Here are the dimensions of my motifs:

  1. ch – chain
  2. sc – single crochet
  3. sl st – slip stitch
  4. hdc – half double crochet
  5. st(s) – stitch(es)

The total number of stitches on each round is indicated in brackets at the end of each line.


‘X’ motif

Round 1: 12 sc in magic ring, join with first sc using a sl st (12 sc sts)

Round 2: ch 8, sl st in the first sc from round 1, *sl st in the next 3 sc stitches, ch 8, sl st in the same sc as the last sl st* three times, sl st in next 2 sc stitches. (4 ch 8 spaces, 11 sl sts)

Round 3: *4 hdc in ch sp, ch, 4 hdc in ch sp, join with 2nd sl st between the two ch8 spaces from round 2* 4 times, fasten off and weave in ends (32 hdc, 4 ch sps, 4 sl sts)

‘O’ Motif

Round 1: ch 10, join with first ch using sl st (10 ch sts)

Round 2: ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), 16 hdc in ch sp, join with first hdc (16 hdc sts)

Round 3: ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), *hdc, ch* 16 times, join with first hdc, fasten off and weave in ends. (16 hdc sts, 16 ch sps)


I used a steam iron to block the motifs. I did not use the iron directly on them. Instead, I placed a cotton cloth on each motif and ironed over the cloth. That’s it!

What I made with these motifs

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Monday 24th of January 2022

Thanks so much for the motif patterns, I was looking for an X pattern and found your beautiful pillow pattern. Your instructions are very easily understood and to follow even for the novice...like me


Tuesday 25th of January 2022

@Martha, I am glad to hear this! :)

Sally Cline

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

Ah, the magic of repetition! This is a lovely shawl and the simplicity of motifs and abundance of colors is inspiring. Thank you for sharing! See you on Ravelry!


Wednesday 9th of September 2020

Hello Sally,

I agree! Simple repetition can create such beautiful projects :) See you on Ravelry!


Lesley Davidge

Thursday 9th of May 2019

Thank you for sharing the X& O pattern....however.... The photos sit on top of your instructions!!!...so no one is able to read how to crochet the pattern!??? Thank you. Lesley


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Hello Lesley,

I am sorry you are having problems with the images. I tried multiple browsers on my phone, tablet and laptop and all the images show up properly. I suggest updating and restarting your browser OR trying a different browser.

I will be happy to resolve this with you separately. You can expect an email from me.