This is a follow on tutorial from last weeks 'Cross Stitch Basic.'
The half cross stitch isn't used as much, but I've been using it more and more lately, it can have a really nice effect.
As an example, I've designed a little heart using mainly full cross stitch stitches but a few half cross stitch so you can see how it looks using both.
Working in rows like last time:
Step 1: Cross stitch aida (the fabric) is woven together like a grid. The half stitch goes against the grid rules really, I like that! When it's time to work the half stitch, insert the needle right in the middle of the bit you think isn't right. There's no hole there, but four woven threads heading in each direction. Insert the needle right in the middle of the four threads.
I wanted to do a graph of the heart pattern I made here, but the program I use has decided not to be on this laptop anymore. I think the picture (look down) is big enough to copy from though, so do have a go!