Free Cross Stitch Alphabet 01
"Story Book"

The "Story Book" free cross stitch alphabet pattern reminds me of the style of type that appears in Children's first books. Simple, easy to read and that makes it easy to stitch!

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Details of the free cross stitch alphabet

"Story Book," is stitched on 18-count Aida over two threads. I used DMC floss:

  • 3 strands for cross stitches
  • 2 strands for backstitches
  • 2 strands for French knots


  • Block letters, standard/straight

Characters Included:

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


  • The upper case letters are 5 stitches high
  • The lower case letters without ascenders or descenders (ex: a, c, o) are 3 stitches high
  • The lower case letters with only ascenders (ex: b, d, h) or only descenders (ex: g, p, y) are 5 stitches high
  • The lower case "j", with a descender and a dot above, is 6 1/2 stitches high


These letters have varying widths. When possible, both wide and narrow versions of some letters are provided. These should help you squeeze text into shorter lines or expand into longer ones.

Stitch Complexity

For the partial stitches that make up the angles, you can use either 1/4 cross stitches, letting the backstitch outline complete it; or, use 3/4 cross stitches with the outline for a fuller look.

The fabric and the floss strand count will affect your choice for each project. If you are uncertain, try stitching a few sample letters in the corner of your fabric.

Learn any unfamiliar stitches by clicking on links above or the "How To..." button on the left menu.


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

How to Fit Text into a Design

To learn how to adapt cross stitch alphabets, click on the "Alphabets 123" button on the left menu or click here to thoroughly read "The 123's of the Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet".

Click here for a printable cross stitch pattern for the "Story Book" alphabet. A new window will open so you can also keep your place here.

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