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Free Cross Stitch Patterns


Free Cross Stitch Patterns Make for an Affordable New Crafting Hobby

Cross stitch can often be an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to be! There are plenty of free cross stitch patterns on the internet and from a large variety of designers.

These free cross stitch charts give you the opportunity to try a new designer's style, learn a new technique, or maybe just put together a quick gift without going on a massive chart hunt.

The butterfly cross stitch pictured here to the left is a free cross stitch pattern that I created myself using PC Stitch on my computer! It's available along with several other free stitching patterns at Stitching the Night Away.

Look at all these different butterflies... all from the same pattern, just interpreted in different ways and using personal color selections. Beautiful! I love my stitching community!


Stitched by 9-year-old Gavin


Stitched by Nancy


Stitched by Maggi


Stitched by Prithivya


Stitched by by Nicola

Dream Celtic Quilt Blog - Free Cross Stitch Pattern from Stitching the Night Away

Dream Celtic Quilt Blog - Free Cross Stitch Pattern from Stitching the Night Away

Free Cross Stitch Patterns are Great for Charity Projects!

The design pictured here was created as part of a charity project several stitchers at Stitching the Night Away did collaboratively for Love Quilts along with a few other free Celtic cross stitch designs from around the web and a few other inspirational words that I charted out.

If you're not familiar with it, Love Quilts is a cross stitch group that creates cross stitched quilts for children with life threatening or lifelong illnesses.

Two Great Charity Stitching Examples - It makes my heart happy that both of these charity items used free patterns that I provided on Stitching the Night Away


Beautiful Quilt for Love Quilts UK Charity Group


Knotted Hearts Quilt for WOCS Charity Group

Where to find free cross stitch patterns

Below you'll find a list of a handful of websites that offer free cross stitch patterns for you to download and stitch. This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are hundreds more out there to find just waiting to be stitched. And if you can't find something you like, you can always create your own and stitch those and share them with the world.

Even though all of these cross stitch patterns are downloadable for free, they are only going to save you money on the actual chart, you still need cross stitch supplies. You may just find yourself splurging on fancy threads and fabrics with the money you saved on the chart!

These cross stitch websites all have free cross stitch patterns that you can save, download, and stitch to your hearts content!


Celtic Hope Block


Bat Moon


Italic Loves


Independence Eagle


Retro Love


Lavender Garden Knotwork


Goddess Bookmark


Snowflake #1


Knotted Hearts


Garnet Knotwork

Christmas Ornament Free Cross Stitch Patterns

You can change the look and feel of a pattern just by changing the colorway of the threads you use, and using different fabrics for punches of color and texture. Christmas ornaments make great gifts and can be quick to stitch as well.

Here's an example of Teresa Wentzler's Beginner Whitework Ornament free cross stitch pattern.

I've stitched this multiple times and every time it looks different and it always amazes me.


This one I think is my favorite version. Stitched with Silkweaver (www.silkweaver.com) Summer Fun Pack when they ran a contest a few years ago, and was the third time I stitched this ornament pattern.

This will be a gift come Christmas time, I think this one will be for my mother in law who loves pansy flowers, the colors make me think of pansies or even African Violets, very fun and pretty!

I've stitched this same ornament at least 5 times now and it looks different every single time I stitch it up. I've stitched it with beads and without beads, in different colors, solid colors, on plain fabric, and on hand dyed fabric. The possibilities are endless.


This picture is from the very first time I stitched the TW Whitework ornament and I chose to go with blues and subtle hand dyed colors that matched the fabric.

I wanted to go for a whitework look without using white thread on white fabric. Whitework embroidery refers to any embroidery technique in which the stitching is the same color as the foundation fabric and is traditionally stitched on white linen.

You can check out some of the other ornaments I've stitched from free cross stitch patterns in my Flickr album or stop by my stitching blog.

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Leave a Note Here....

Darcia Douglass from Kennewick, WA on August 09, 2017:

Isn't it amazing how different people's interpretations of a pattern can change the look entirely? Love the butterfly/dragonfly quilt. I've stitched for LoveQuilts as well!

Loretta (author) from United States on October 16, 2014:

beads and stitching are best friends, though I think the sort of beadwork you're referring the pattern lines would be different than with a cross stitch pattern :)

here's a cool beaded finish to check out: http://www.stitchingthenightaway.com/5141/the-cirq...

Kathy McGraw from California on October 14, 2014:

I am curious. Can you use these patterns for beading? You have a couple I would love to see done in beadwork. Pretty cool stuff here.

Loretta (author) from United States on February 22, 2014:

@Ibidii: Thank you :) If you stitch up one of the Stitching the Night Away patterns I would love to see a picture when you've finished!

Ibidii on February 22, 2014:

Thank you for the free bat/moon pattern! Awesome lens! :D

Birthday Wishes from Here on May 27, 2013:

Wonderful lens about cross stitch patterns!!! Thanks for sharing!

jayavi on March 21, 2013:

its beautiful. Thanks for haring. Very useful lens.

May Matthew on February 27, 2013:

I know a few people who like cross-stitching a lot. Thank you for this nice lens!

anonymous on February 14, 2013:

I wish I can cross-stitch... or wish that I have the patience to do so.

dingbat1932 on January 26, 2013:

Some nice patterns her, thank you for sharing.

darciefrench lm on January 17, 2013:

Lovely to offer free cross stitch patterns, many thanks!

anonymous on December 13, 2012:

Very nice lens - helpful instruction

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on November 11, 2012:

Very useful for those who love cross stitching. My wife has been talking about getting into it again but it has been years since she last touched a project.

anonymous on October 31, 2012:

I love cross stitching, thank you soooo much for this lens. I think that the art of cross stitching is kind of unpopular at the moment (at least where I come from) so it is really difficult to find good patterns. Again, thank you.

anonymous on October 30, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you!

Loretta (author) from United States on October 28, 2012:

@anonymous: This might help: http://www.stitchingthenightaway.com/1640/carpal-t... ;-) Happy stitching!

anonymous on October 28, 2012:

Love this because I cross stitch small canvases to put on mason jar tops (my next lens maybe) Carpal tunnel, how does a stitcher cope with that?

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on October 25, 2012:

I haven't done any cross-stitch in years, but would like to get back into it. These patterns are perfect!

dennonlow lm on October 19, 2012:

My wife would love this.. Thanks.

happynutritionist on October 01, 2012:

This is something I used to do quite a bit of, I still have a couple of kits that are quite a few years old...now I crochet...but it is nice to have access to free patterns, the internet wasn't around back when I did this:-) *blessed*

olmpal on September 25, 2012:

I used to cross stitch a lot when I was younger. Thanks for sharing the free cross stitch patterns websites! Great tips also for avoiding making the top 3 mistakes!

Billie Keeslar from Mississippi on September 21, 2012:

It looks nice to me and I like that you've included some free patterns

Phoenix2361 on September 14, 2012:

Good lens. Thanks for posting the free cross stitch pattern sites.

Ann Hinds from So Cal on September 10, 2012:

After twenty years, I have picked up cross-stitching again. This is truly helpful and now I am overwhelmed with new ideas.

rawwwwwws lm on August 15, 2012:

My mother would love this lens.. I will show her when she gets back from work! Thanks for sharing.

peajock24 on August 05, 2012:

i love cross stitching and i use my picture to create a pattern.. new project i have is a face taken from my personal camera... nice hobby...

AJ from Australia on March 16, 2012:

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Ribolov LM on March 16, 2012:

Nice lens, good infos. Thnx.

razeitup on March 13, 2012:

Great lens. My wife used to do cross stitching, it's pretty neat

anonymous on March 11, 2012:

Very fascinating...It's a great site.I really thankful to this site.

Pat Broker from Templeton, CA on March 11, 2012:

I have never cross stitched, but the free patterns are so fun, especially the dragon, that I might have to learn.

Socialcard on March 09, 2012:

Wow..awesome stitching patterns!

Tiggered on March 09, 2012:

I design my own patterns, but seeing anything about cross stitching makes me happy :)

dahlia369 on March 09, 2012:

Beautiful patterns! :)

Jennifer_Glennon on March 07, 2012:

I used to do cross stitching. These are great.

DecoratingMom411 on March 07, 2012:

I suppose it took some time until these patterns were created. Nice lens!

anonymous on March 07, 2012:

Enjoyed stopping by and seeing this.

AlexTedford on March 05, 2012:

Very fascinating...thanks for sharing!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on March 05, 2012:

I haven't done any cross stitching in a while, but I do enjoy it. It's an inexpensive craft and relatively quick to learn.

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on March 05, 2012:

Cross stitching was a huge part of my life for about 20 years. I recently gave all my supplies to my 26 year old daughter who has taken it on as her hobby now. Enjoyed the lens!

Totus Mundus on March 05, 2012:

I was really into stitching in my youth, this brings back memories. Nice lens, thank you.

PecjakJN on March 05, 2012:


anonymous on March 04, 2012:

love this.

miaponzo on March 04, 2012:

Love that needlework! Blessed!

rainbowbutterfl1 on February 13, 2012:

Cross stitch is one of my hobbies. Thanks for sharing especially , the common mistakes :). Learn from it .

anne mohanraj on February 12, 2012:

Useful tips and information! Thank you for sharing.

kellypr83 on February 11, 2012:

Love doing cross stitches! Started out when I was a kid and saw my mom doing them :) Great Lens!

kellypr83 on February 11, 2012:

Love doing cross stitches! Started out when I was a kid and saw my mom doing them :) Great Lens!

Loretta (author) from United States on February 08, 2012:

@curious0927: Thank you :) Glad it was helpful!

Loretta (author) from United States on February 08, 2012:

@lynnegirl1: Thank you :) I'll keep an eye out for airplane patterns!

curious0927 on February 08, 2012:

As a Cross Stitch lover, of course I enjoyed this lens tremendously. I recently started notes on doing a lens on it, but it's still in it's infancy. The "3 most common mistakes" really help me and I've been stitching for over 20 years! Most are framed and gifted or hanging on my walls. I'm now inspired to do more! Blessed!

Loretta (author) from United States on February 07, 2012:

@nightbear lm: thank you :)

lynnegirl1 on February 07, 2012:

Beautiful work and great resources for cross stitch. I'm always looking for cross stitch patterns of airplanes.

fugeecat lm on January 09, 2012:

Thanks for the free patterns and the three mistakes is really helpful.

mockingbird999 on November 10, 2011:

It's been a really long time since I've done any cross stitch. It was fun. Maybe I should take it up again.

JoshK47 on November 08, 2011:

Beautiful patterns!

sushilkin lm on October 30, 2011:

Cool stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Loretta (author) from United States on October 14, 2011:

@Faye Rutledge: Thank you :) That's one of my designs available at StitchingtheNightAway.com

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on October 14, 2011:

I love this butterfly cross stitch pattern!

Loretta (author) from United States on September 15, 2011:

@hlkljgk: Thanks! I was so excited when I saw that today :)

hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 15, 2011:

cross stitch is so fun and for anyone. Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

pawpaw911 on September 12, 2011:

We have a guardian angel done in cross stitch. Nice lens.

Noelle and Dan on August 21, 2011:

Nice len. My love of hand embroidery is show cased in my lens http://www.squidoo.com/hand-worked-needle-crafts where I show and discuss my hand worked needle crafts in crewel, counted cross stitch and Hardanger.

Sanam on August 19, 2011:

It remind me of school days and my home economics teacher who teach us cross stitching in 8th standard. You have made a useful lens on the topic with lots of beautiful cross stitching patterns. Love it.

Craftybegonia on August 15, 2011:

Very lovely and useful lens, thanks for sharing!

seoacrossworld on August 03, 2011:

like it

phoenix arizona f on July 26, 2011:

Cool lens.

chillstick_61946 on July 24, 2011:

Its good to read this lense.Thanks for sharing it.


gottaloveit2 on June 17, 2011:

I used to love to cross stitch and you may have just inspired me. Great resources here for free cross stitch patterns. Thanks!

anonymous on June 01, 2011:

Free cross stitch patterns will get many started at this lovely art expression. I have done cross stitch in the past and really enjoyed it.

Morticella LM on May 31, 2011:

I liked this lens, This is an Art. Brava

diyconservatoriesdream on May 30, 2011:

i really like cross stitching among other things you got some nice patterns here so thanks!


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sorana lm on May 28, 2011:

Cross-stitching is fun and such a relaxing activity. Nice patterns.

happynutritionist on May 27, 2011:

I used to love cross-stitching...still have a couple of kits that are undone since taking up crocheting again...I have to find a way to do both:-) Great patterns.

bames24 lm on May 04, 2011:

I love cross stitching... I used to make one big project every year and give it to close friends and family... I love your lens... :)

Loretta (author) from United States on February 25, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks for stopping by Kimberly! :-)

anonymous on February 25, 2011:

It's wonderful to find free patterns to use in various projects. Thanks for this collection, can't wait to see more!

Loretta (author) from United States on January 02, 2011:

@LadyJasmine LM: Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites too.

Loretta (author) from United States on January 02, 2011:

@LadyJasmine LM: Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites too.

Loretta (author) from United States on January 02, 2011:

@HiddenTreasureH: I'm so glad to hear that you want to stitch again :) Awesome!

Loretta (author) from United States on January 02, 2011:

@MargoPArrowsmith: That's one of my designs, thank you so much :)

Loretta (author) from United States on January 02, 2011:

@CrazyforCollecting: That's what I love to hear!!! :)

CrazyforCollecting on January 02, 2011:

Great lens. I may take up the needle again. Thanks for inspiring me.

MargoPArrowsmith on December 30, 2010:

I love that Goddess pattern!

norma-holt on December 22, 2010:

What a great lens. Nicely presented resources and thanks for sharing. Top marks

HiddenTreasureH on December 21, 2010:

Wow, great job on the lens! I love to cross stitch but I haven't done any for the past year and a half at least. Reading this lens makes me want to start something right now! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

DesignedbyLisa LM on December 06, 2010:

Cool! I haven't thought of cross stitching for years.

LadyJasmine LM on December 01, 2010:

I love the cross stitch Goddess picture, that's awesome! :-)

anonymous on November 30, 2010:

My mother and my mother in law cross stitch. I have met women in rural Mexico that earn what little they have to eat with cross stitching.

imolaK on November 29, 2010:

I like embroideries and cross stitch, and I have napkins, table wears, but it was a long time ago when I had time to begin such a project.

anonymous on November 29, 2010:

I used to cross stitch a lot, I learned how at school in England where I grew up, and worked on and off on pieces until my 30's. Not sure why I stopped, I am always finding something new to try maybe :)

HorseHelper on November 29, 2010:

My mom taught me to cross stitch when I was little. I haven't done it in awhile because I took up knitting and crochet, but I'll have to give it a try again soon.

Loretta (author) from United States on November 21, 2010:

@Rita-K: my oldest two boys do know how to cross stitch and they've done small projects, my youngest two haven't quite learned yet but they will eventually ;) I'd like them all to learn basic sewing skills also, like mending and button attaching.

Rita-K on November 13, 2010:

I love cross stitch, I still cherish all of my great grandmother's kitchen towels that she spent hours cross stitching. Do your boys cross stitch?

Loretta (author) from United States on October 11, 2010:

@Julia Wildman: Thank you :)

Loretta (author) from United States on October 11, 2010:

@damagedinc: Thanks :)

scar4 on October 10, 2010:

Thank you for the informative lens. It's really nice to know the resources for free cross-stitch patterns.

Julia Wildman on October 08, 2010:

great lens, with good tips for cross stitchers!

damagedinc on October 06, 2010:

Great lens....5 Stars!

damagedinc on October 06, 2010:

Great lens....5 Stars!

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