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Alphabet Patterns

Find over 30 readable cross stitch alphabet patterns that you can make your own!


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Whether you need letters to complete your design or your letters ARE the design, these alphabets will help you to create truly unique and treasured keepsakes.

With them, you can

  • add names to personalize your cross stitch gifts
  • stitch favorite poems, lyrics, quotes or inspirational verses
  • commemorate special occasions, such as wedding and birth records
  • monogram clothing, linens, and other items
  • as an artist, sign your name, date and occasion on every cross stitch pieces (future generations will thank you!)

If you have seen this page before, you can skip down to the alphabets by clicking here.


Cross stitch alphabet patterns fall into three categories


"Line" cross stitch alphabet patterns



As the name implies, line alphabets, like "Mini Line" and "Fine Line," have letters that are are constructed entirely with back stitches.

This doesn't mean, however, that there is no style to the alphabet. Line letters do not have to be plain. Check out "Flourishes" It has stylized tips and swirls and portrays a completely different feel than either Mini Line or Fine Line.


"Block" cross stitch alphabet patterns



Made with full and partial cross stitches. The lines of each letter in a block alphabet can be primarily a single stitch wide, like in "Slim" and "Addicted."

Or, it may take multiple stitches to configure the letters, like "Cotton Candy." Good examples of this are "Robot" and the immensely popular "Curly Q's."


"Graphic" cross stitch alphabet patterns



The final category of alphabet patterns are those where a graphic image is used to portray the individual characters.

These can be understated and graceful, like the tiny flowers on the letters of "Floral. They can be bright and bold, like our unmistakeably haunted "Happy Halloween."

More stitches give more opportunities to introduce more character into the characters!


Other ways to add interest

Beyond style, you can dramatically alter an alphabet if you

  • change the colors of the letters ("Freedom" looks remarkably different when stitched without its signature red, white and blue palette)
  • use colors to make a pattern in the letters, like stripes, checks or diagonals
  • use half stitches instead of full cross stitches
  • eliminate the cross stitches inside and use only backstitches for an outline
  • add stitches between the letters of a word, so script letters resemble handwriting
  • add whimsy by not stitching the letters in on a straight horizontal line

Start by finding a style you like and one that fits with the rest of the design, then find a way to make those letters your own!

Need help fitting those letters into your design?

Sometimes you find the perfect alphabet, and it fits perfectly into the space you have. But more often than not, it takes a few alterations.

If you need a little help, check out our detailed tips on how to adapt an alphabet to a pattern, please see The 123's of the Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet


Our cross stitch alphabet patterns

We provide our patterns in PDF format. Although it is present on most computers, if you are not familiar with Adobe Reader, please see our instructions page for how to obtain this free PDF reader.



Alphabet 32 'Happy Halloween' Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Happy Halloween Alphabet" 18 stitches high


Alphabet 30 'Dog Tags Alphabet' Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Freedom Alphabet" 9 stitches high


Click here for "Dog Tags Alphabet" 5 stitches high


Alphabet 29 'In My Heart' Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "In My Heart" 14 stitches high


Click here for "Santa" 29 stitches high


Alphabet 27 'Cutlass' Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Cutlass" 13 stitches high


Alphabet 26 Elongated Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Elongated Block" 13 stitches high


Alphabet 25 Basic Block Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Basic Block" 11 stitches high


Holiday Alphabet 24 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Holiday" 12 stitches high


Alphabet 23 Box Kite Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Box Kite" 11 stitches high


Curly Q's Alphabet 22 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Curly Q's" 13 stitches high


Basic Block Alphabet 21 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Short Block" 7 stitches high


Countdown Alphabet 20 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Countdown" 16 stitches high


Cotton Candy Alphabet 19 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Cotton Candy" 14 stitches high


Robot Alphabet 18 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Robot" 11 stitches high


Christmas Holly Alphabet 17 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Christmas Holly" 12 stitches high


Addicted to Cross Stitch Alphabet 16 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for this "Addicted to Cross Stitch" 10 stitches high


Floral Alphabet 15 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Floral Alphabet" 10 stitches high


Skyscraper Alphabet 14 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Skyscraper" 12 stitches high


Lava Lamp Alphabet 13 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Lava Lamp" 14 stitches high


Slim Alphabet 12 Cross Stitch Design

Click here for "Slim" 14 stitches high


Outline Cross Stitch Alphabet

Click here for "Outline" 7 stitches high


Click here for "Curling Ribbon" 11 stitches high


Thanksgiving Cross Stitch Alphabet

Click here for "Thanksgiving" 8 stitches high


Christmas Cross Stitch Alphabet

Click here for "Candy Cane" 7 stitches high


Locomotive Alphabet 07, Line Letters

Click here for "Locomotive" 8 stitches high


Click here for "It's a Fine Line" 4 stitches high


Flourishes Alphabets 04 and 05, Script Letters

Click here for "Flourishes" 6 stitches high


Angular Block Alphabet 03, Block Letters

Click here for "Angular Block" 4 stitches high


Mili Line Alphabet 02, Line Letters

Click here for "Mini Line" 2 stitches high


Story Book Alphabet 01, Block and Line Letters

Click here for "Story Book" 5 stitches high


Now that you have sampled our cross stitch alphabet patterns, be sure to take a look at our free cross stitch designs.




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