Cross Stitch Alphabet 20

It is likely that "Alphabet 20 - Countdown" is the only cross stitch letter set that already exists in every home.

It started out on digital clocks, and now can be found on your stove, microwave, television, cable box, cell phone and any other electronic devices that rely on digital readouts.

"Countdown," evokes stopwatches, alarm clocks, stove readouts, shuttle launches... The list goes on.

"Countdown" Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern

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Stitch details for Alphabet 20

These are easy characters to stitch, using only full cross stitches, 1/4 stitches and backstitches.

When stitched on 14-count evenweave fabric using DMC floss, use:

  • 2 strands for cross stitches
  • 1 strand for backstitches


  • Block letters, standard/straight

Characters Included:

  • Upper Case Letters
  • Lower Case Letters
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • The upper case letters are 16 stitches high
  • The lower case letters without ascenders or descenders (ex: a, c, o) are 9 stitches high
  • The lower case letters with only ascenders (ex: b, d, h) or only descenders, (ex: g, p, y) are 16 stitches high
  • The lower case "j", with descender and a dot above, is 23 stitches high

These letters have varying widths, but most of the upper and lower case letters are 10 stitches wide.

Stitch Complexity

Use quarter stitches to shape the angled points on the letters, and use the backstitch outline to complete those sides. You can learn how to make a quarter stitch by clicking on the link above, or on the "How To..." button on the left menu, then selecting "Quarter Stitch Tutorial" at the bottom of the page. Other unfamiliar stitches can be found the same way.


You can change the floss color to reflect your tastes and to coordinate with your existing cross stitch project. Use the same number of strands that you are using throughout the rest of your pattern.

How to Fit Text into a Design

Learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabets by clicking on the "Alphabet 123s" button on the left menu, or click here.

Click here for a printable cross stitch pattern for "Countdown".

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