Cross Stitch Alphabet 21
"Short Block"

At only seven stitches high, this Basic Block alphabet contains two complete letter sets. The first uses both full and partial cross stitches, resulting in smoother curves, while the second uses only full stitches, giving a more traditional look. Both are easy to stitch.

Basic Block Alphabet 21

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In the Short Block alphabet design example

Every cross stitcher eventually needs a collection of basic letters that can be easily applied to a variety of projects. It is easy to find letters to use when you have lots of space, but when the available area is tight, your task is more difficult.

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 7 stitches high
  • The lower case letters without ascenders or descenders (ex: a, c, o) are 4 stitches high
  • The lower case letters with only ascenders (ex: b, d, h) or only descenders, (ex: g, p, y) are 7 stitches high
  • The lower case "j", with descender and a dot above, is 9 stitches high


These letters have varying widths, but most of the upper and lower case letters are 5 stitches wide.

Stitch complexity

First Letter Set:

Second Letter Set:

Use quarter stitches for the partial stitches on the first letter set, using the backstitch outline to complete the sides. You can learn how to make a quarter stitch by clicking 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.

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