Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern 34

Need new lettering for Halloween? Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern "Bones" is the perfect fit! Its a bold choice for a Pirate, Over-40, and Dinosaur themes. And if you're stitching for a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, or archeologist, "Bones" delivers the message in your most creative cross stitching designs!

Halloween sneaks up on me every year

The days summer are hot. I live in the Midwest, so that means that they're humid, too. Lawn care and work in the garden are at their peak. The days are long. Outdoor projects are best left to cooler mornings and evenings.

Seemingly, out of the blue, I received communications about the first day of school. I set it aside - plenty of time to look at that later. We make yet another trip to the hardware store to get additional yard supplies, and I am mildly irritated that the selection of plants is dwindling. Garden supplies are being consolidated and moved indoors. There's still so much to do and now I have to make the rounds to the other stores to try to locate what I used to find in here. I round a corner to find employees arranging suspiciously orange and black, non-yard, non-garden inventory on the shelves.

Halloween sneaks up on me. Every year.

So this year, I am going to embrace these way-too-early Halloween preparations. In honor of turning over this new leaf, I present "Bones" Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern.

"Bones" Cross Stitch Alphabet on Black Fabric

The foot bone's connected to the ankle bone . . .

This is another pattern that I began designing a couple of years ago. I was working on the graphics that eventually became another Halloween letter set, "Happy Halloween." (Click here to go to the Happy Halloween cross stitch alphabet pattern.) I was playing around with all of the typical Halloween images.

When it came to the skeletons, I began shaping bones, and quickly saw that they could be used to fashion letters. Really neat letters. Letter shapes worthy of an entirely new cross stitch alphabet pattern!

I created an A, a B and a C, loved how they looked and copied them into a pattern file of their own. I saved the file to my "Alphabet Ideas" folder and returned to finish "Happy Halloween."

In what appears to be a pattern (as in "a repeated behavior"), I'm embarrassed to admit, that was over two years ago! The good news is that I rediscovered it, finished it, and the rest, shall we say, is history!

"Bones" Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern 34"Bones" Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern 34

Click here for a printable PDF pattern of "Bones" Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern 34

"Bones" Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern Specs

When stitched on 14-count Aida, with DMC floss:

  • 2 strands for cross stitches
  • 1 strand for backstitches and french knots

Description: Graphic letters, standard/straight.

Characters Included:

  • Upper Case Letters
  • Lower Case Letters
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation


  • The upper case letters are 26 stitches high.
  • The lower case letters without ascenders or descenders (ex: a, c, o) are 14 stitches high.
  • The lower case letters with only ascenders (ex: b, d, h) or only descenders, (ex: g, p, y) are 26 stitches high.
  • The lower case "j", with descender and a dot above, is 28 stitches high.

The majority of numbers and upper case letters are 13 to 17 stitches wide. The majority of the lower case letters are 9 or 10 stitches wide.

Stitch Complexity:

If you are unfamiliar with any of the stitches, follow the instructions and diagrams by clicking on the links above.

To accomplish the look of bones, use the colors in the pattern legend. However, the lower case letters can have many uses, so you can substitute your own colors to coordinate with the rest of your cross stitch project.

"Bones" Cross Stitch on Black Fabric

If using fabric with a different thread count, or fabric of a different color (especially black!), you may need to adjust the number of strands of floss you'll use. To help you decide, check out our tutorial on "Floss Coverage" by clicking here.

 Click her for a printable PDF pattern of "Bones" Cross Stitch Alphabet 34. It contains a free chart for the complete alphabet with floss legends and instructions. A new window or tab will open so you can continue browsing here.

You can print all pages of the chart or just the pages you wish. Feel free to save it to your hard drive for later printing.

How to Fit Text into a Design

Learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabet patterns by clicking on "Alphabet 123s."

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