I love to cross-stitch, but I hate most cross-stitch patterns. So many of them are cartoonish and silly. Thankfully, I’ve found some free yet unusual cross-stitch patterns that I think you’ll enjoy:
1. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. I found this beautiful butterfly pattern while I was looking for bugs to add to a fun pillow for my son’s room. The simple colors make this one a quick one to stitch up. Needless to say, that pillow has a lot of butterflies on it.
2. Breast cancer ribbon. This simple ribbon is a classic and can easily undergo a color change to support other causes. I cross-stitched this ribbon onto a jacket for my cousin, who had a mastectomy to remove a tumor last year.
3. The Vigee Le Brun patterns at FreeCrossStitch.com are to die for. These elaborate cross-stitch patterns are not for anyone but expert cross-stitchers due to the level of detail. I once tried one six months after learning how to cross-stitch, and it looked horrible. I recommend these patterns for the expert stitcher looking for a challenge.
4. These charming geckos are easy to repeat or stitch as a border onto another Southwest-themed project. My aunt stitched this pattern onto a pillow cover for her living room, and it was really eye-catching. This is a good pattern for a beginner because it doesn’t need a lot of colors and you can use what you have on hand.
5. X-Stitch’s bird patterns are unbelievable. These are perfect patterns for an intermediate stitcher who is good at changing colors and wants a bit of challenge. Not all of the patterns are free, but the site offers some that are pretty terrific.
6. This William De Morgan swan pattern looks tough, but it’s not. I was able to do it after a month of regular cross-stitching. It’s a very handsome pattern that would look great in a guest bedroom or in a small den or nook. I have mine hanging in the hallway bathroom, where many of my guests have complemented me on it. They were quite surprised to know that I had stitched it myself!
7. Mia Stitch has a great collection of borders that look good on a variety of cross stitch patterns. I often find that my cross-stitch patterns look best when framed by stitching, but my patterns often include ugly frames. I often use Mia’s less blocky patterns, which I modify depending on the colors in my project.
8. Solaria’s newest free design of stargazer lilies is classic and fresh. I’m about halfway through this free pattern right now. I wish I had started it back in the winter when I was anxiously awaiting spring! I’m stitching this for a wall hanging, but it would look great as a pillow, too.
9. These animal designs from Alita Design are striking, and I’ve used them on many projects that I’ve given as gifts. I like that Alita gives you an indication of how difficult each pattern is, something that isn’t usually shared on other sites. I found the tiger pattern to be particularly difficult.
10. Finding a good alphabet to cross-stitch can be tough, but not when you have 43 versions to choose from! These designs are run the gamut from classic to silly, ensuring that you’ll always have the right font for your stitched sentiments.