Free Cross Stitch Alphabet 11

This outline alphabet seem to have "weight" by roping off some space rather than filling it with color. It will work well where the letters need to fill an area but you don't want to overpower the surrounding design elements.

Of course, if you like the letters but want them filled in, you can certainly do that, too.

Alphabet 11
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Stitch details for Outline Alphabet

The Outline Alphabet, as shown in the photograph, is stitched on 14-count Aida using DMC floss. It was originally designed to be stitched in outline, using backstitches alone. However, it can also be filled in with cross stitches. You can see an example in the letters "A" and "B" stitched at the bottom of the chart..

Outline only:

  • 1 strand for backstitches

Filled in:

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


  • Outline Letters, script/italics

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 5 stitches high
  • The lower case "j", including the descender and the dot above it is 9 stitches high


  • The majority of the upper case letters are 8 stitches wide
  • The majority of lower case letters are 6 and 7 stitches wide

Stitch Complexity

For outline only:

  • Backstitches alone complete the outline form of these letters

For solid letters:

Because they are thin and slanted, the majority of stitches used to fill in these letters will be partial stitches. You can choose whether to use 1/4 cross stitches or 3/4 cross stitches.

For a 1/4 cross stitch, the backstitch outline completes the diagonal side, and will result in thinner, more angular letters. The 3/4 cross stitch includes the diagonal side, and your letters will look fuller and rounder. The fabric and floss strand count may affect your choice.

If you are uncertain which to use, try stitching a few sample letters in the corner of your fabric.

Learn any unfamiliar stitches by clicking on the "How To..." button on the left menu or the Better Cross Stitch Patterns Home page.


Feel free to 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 already using throughout the rest of your cross stitch pattern.

How to Fit Text into a Design

These letters are thin and slanted, making it easy to "nest" them. If space is at a premium, you can easily place them with merely a stitch between. There are other tips and tricks to selecting and adapting cross stitch alphabets. See Alphabet 123's on the menu on the left.

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