Locomotive Cross Stitch
Alphabet Pattern "Locomotive"

The Locomotive cross stitch alphabet positively exudes "action." With its forward slant, it seems to be in motion. It speaks of speed, determination, persistence... I could go on, but you get the idea. If you want to portray getting something done, moving it along, this is you alphabet.

Stitch details for locomotive cross stitch alphabet

Locomotive Cross Stitch Alphabet is stitched on 18-count Aida over one thread. I used DMC floss:

  • 2 strands for cross stitches and partial stitches
  • 1 strands for backstitches


  • Block letters, script/italics

Characters Included:

  • Upper Case Letters (normal, wide and narrow widths provided for most)
  • Lower Case Letters
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation


  • The upper case letters are 8 stitches high.
  • The lower case letters without ascenders or descenders (ex: a, c, o) are 6 stitches high.
  • The lower case letters with only ascenders (ex: b, d, h) or only descenders (ex: g, p, y) are 8 stitches high.
  • The tip of the lower case "s" makes it 7 stitches high. You can eliminate the topmost cross stitch if you prefer.
  • The lower case "f", with a descender and ascender, is 10 stitches from tip to tip.


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

Stitch complexity

  • Full cross stitches
  • 1/4 and/or 3/4 cross stitches for punctuation only
  • Backstitches

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.


It is assumed that you will 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 select and adapt cross stitch alphabets, click here to read "The 123's of the Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet".

Click here for a printable cross stitch pattern for this alphabet.

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