Starting cross stitch is easy! However, choosing your materials can prove tricky for a beginner. Choosing your chart, and getting the right stranded cotton, fabric, and the right size needle can be a challenge. That’s why beginner kits are the easiest way to start out.

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In a cross stitch kit for beginners, you’ll find everything you need including the threads and fabric with your chosen chart. This leaves more time for the fun part: stitching!

Choose to learn counted or stamped cross stitch. With counted, follow a printed chart and key to the right place on the fabric to make your crosses. Stamped cross stitch has the design guidelines pre-printed on the fabric, so there is no need to count from a chart.

The version you choose depends on your personality. Stamped is good if you want to pick up a needle and get stitching straight away. These designs are less common, and can only be stitched once.

If you have more patience, learning counted cross stitch opens the door to more designs, and you can use a chart to complete a design as many times as you like. It lets you progress to add details with fractional stitches and backstitch. Most cross stitchers who choose stamped will move on to counted in the end.

As well as the type of cross stitch, you need to choose the design you like. We’ve selected ten of the best cross stitch kits for beginners – which do you want to stitch most?

20 best cross stitch kits for beginners

1. Anchor First cross stitch kit

Best for absolute beginners and children

a cross stitch cloud has a smiling face with pink cheeks and colourful raindrops below it. Half a rainbow can be seen coming from his head going off the edge of the design

Anchor stranded cotton and cross stitch fabric are high-quality. Anchor cross stitch kits and supplies have been trusted by stitchers for decades.So they’re a great brand to learn the basics with, too.

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This kit is designed for absolute beginners. It uses 8-count aida fabric, which means the fabric holes are really big and easy to get the needle in to. You get the needle in the kit so you are ready to go.

You’ll produce big, chunky cross stitches with no need to separate the cotton into strands. Easy-to-follow instructions are included in the kit.

Pros: Quality threads and fabric, trusted cross stitch brand

Cons: No assembly instructions or ideas


2. Owl bookmark cross stitch kit

Best for making as a gift

3 owls sit one above each other in a thin line, each arched on a branch. They are cross stitched in purple and orange colours

This design uses just whole cross stitch. Build up a sweet scene with no other stitches to worry about apart from basic cross stitch.

It’s perfect for getting used to counting stitches from a chart, and understanding a cross stitch chart and key.

Once you’ve finished all the cross stitching, make up your work into a sweet bookmark.

The kit comes with cross stitch pattern, 16-count white aida, nine stranded cottons and needle.

Pros: Learn the basics of counting in cross stitch, finished item makes a good gift

Cons: No instructions, 16-count aida is not the standard beginner fabric


3. Yoda stamped cross stitch kit for beginners

Best for Star Wars fans

A cross stitched image of baby yoda has the wording yoda one for me around it

Stamped cross stitch is a great choice for beginners.

Instead of counting stitches using a cross stitch chart, your design is pre-printed onto the fabric. You add the cross stitch over the top.

This is great if you want to cross stitch but aren’t ready to count stitches on a chart. It can also be a good back up while beginners are learning how to cross stitch from a chart.

Pros: Great for all cross stitch abilities

Cons: One time use kit


4.Cross stitch greetings card kit

Best for stitchers who prefer a sturdy base

three cards with a grid of regular holes in the front have basic deigns of a cat and a house and the start of a tractor shape cross stitched on them

When you’re learning how to cross stitch, why worry about keeping your cross stitch fabric from flopping around?

Using perforated paper or card gives you a stable, less floppy base to hold in your hand.

This pack of perforated greetings cards let you stitch on the front of the card, then write and send your finished design.

The kit includes a plastic needle, threads and envelopes. There are no instructions or charts, but kids can copy the pictures on the front.

Pros: Learn to make basic cross stitches, improvise your own designs

Cons: The back of the cross stitch is visible inside the card, perforated card is fragile

5.The Make Arcade folk moth cross stitch kits

Best for teenage or adult cross stitchers

a moth on white fabric cross stitches in green, purple and nblank sits in a hoop on a background of purple and teal with pinks and accessories placed prettily around

If you’re learning to cross stitch and aren’t a kid, you probably want a different kind of design?

This kit from The Make Arcade lets you cross stitch a pretty and colourful moth as you learn the basics of cross stitch.

It uses whole cross stitch on aida fabric and includes a hoop to use while you are cross stitching. You can use this to display your finished design, too.

You get a cross stitch chart, thread and written instructions in the kit, too.

Pros: contemporary design, includes wooden hoop

Cons: slightly more expensive option


6. Korobond cross stitch kit

Best for testing out stamped cross stitch

a small simple bluebird design is stitched on aida. cross stitch chart can be seen behind and a bundle of colourful threads alongside

Leave it to Wilkos to have the cheapest stamped cross stitch kit for beginners we’ve found.

The Korobond cross stitch kit contains thread, needle, chart and aida fabric pre-printed with the design.

Once you’ve worked the cross stitch, wash the fabric to remove the printed guidelines.

Pros: An easy pre-printed choice, great value

Cons: Low quality threads

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How to wash your cross stitch

Learn best practice right from the beginning with Gathered’s guide to washing your cross stitching. 

We’ll show you the best way to clean finished cross stitch designs to keep them looking their best,

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7.Biscuit sampler cross stitch kit

Best for ambitious beginners

Lots of deliciously bright crossed stitched biscuits stitched on aida fabric - I can spot jammie dodgers Nice, digestive, shortcake, garibaldi squared fly, pink wafer, bourbon. Clearly I have spend too much time studying the field of biscuit. Or not, time well spent.

Be inspired to cross stitch by biscuits!

Even though this is the largest design featured here, it’s broken down into 11 biscuit chunks (lol), so is easy to manage. Nice (lol again).

As well as the basics of cross stitch, you work backstitch details, which is an essential skill for most cross stitch designs.

Pros: Contemporary design, learn cross stitch and backstitch

Cons: Big design makes it more expensive


8. Simply Make It rainbow cross stitch kit

Best for people who hate managing lots of thread colours

torts od red, green, blue and yellow thread site around a cross stitch design of a rainbow in a hoop that uses those same 4 colours

This super-simple cross stitch kit has just four different thread colours to manage.

The kit includes two needles, so you can keep two colours threaded at the same time.

It’s a very easy counted cross stitch design that’s perfect for learning the basics of a cross stitch chart. The plastic hoop helps keep the fabric taut as you stitch, and can be the frame for your finished design, too.

Pros: Kit contains hoop, choice of languages for instructions, includes needles threader

Cons: Very basic design and kit


9.The Make Arcade Koala cross stitch kit

Best for buying as a gift

The sweet cross stitch kolala u=is tithe in great thread with black facial details, pink cheeks and eucalyptus fronds popping out around him. He looks sweet and a bit shy

This sweet koala is a lovely design to learn the basics of cross stitch.

The kit includes a wooden hoop, threads, fabric, backing felt and needle. You get a chart and basic instructions, all presented in a pretty box.

This design is exclusive to Dunelm and sold at a lower price than many other Make Arcade kits.

Pros: Kit contains a hoop, good price for kit

Cons: Unusual backstitch lines could be confusing


10. Vervaco cross stitch card kit

Best for super-tight budgets

a brown cross stitched reindeer design on the front of the kit packaging

You can buy this Vervaco cross stitch card kit from The Works for a single pound.

The fabric in this kit is the wrong count for the design to it into the included card. This means you won’t be able to use the card in your kit without making the aperture bigger.

But it’s still a great way to try out counted cross stitch for just one pound.

Pros: Try cross stitch and back stitch, brilliant price

Cons: Card is too small to use with this design


11. Bothy Threads Hannah Dale He's a Fun-gi Counted Cross Stitch

Bothy Threads Hannah Dale He's a Fun-gi Counted Cross Stitch

This ‘He’s a Fun-gi’ kit from artist Hannah Dale includes everything you need to get started with cross stitching. The kit contains 14-count Zweigart Aida fabric with a printed speckled background, along with pre-sorted stranded cotton, a needle, a stitch diagram and a set of instructions.

The design reveals a cute little creature sitting atop a vibrant, red mushroom. The process involves a number of full cross stitches, fractional stitches, back stitches and one French knot. There’s plenty here to test your newly-found skills while still being a strong choice for beginners.


12. Pusheen: A Cross-Stitch Kit (Miniature Editions)

Pusheen: A Cross-Stitch Kit (Miniature Editions)

This cross stitch kit gives you the opportunity to create two designs of the ever-loveable Pusheen cat. The 32-page mini-book that comes with the set has instructions for cross stitching, as well as two (easy) patterns for you to follow. Thankfully that makes this a great set for beginners.

Two pieces of 5-inch by 5-inch cotton Aida cloth are included in the set, so you can try your hand at creating these lovely feline patterns. There’s also a 3-inch embroidery hoop, two tapestry needles, and four skeins of embroidery thread.


13. Octopus cross stitch kit

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Take a dive under the sea with this adorable cross stitch kit for beginners. The kit contains everything you need to create the full project and instructions on how to cross stitch! It would make a special gift for anyone who loves the ocean, or just something to brighten up your home.


14. Bee cross stitch kit

bee cross stitch kit

This fuzzy little bumblebee is a simple stitch and great for first-timers! The kit contains all you need, including a detailed pattern, 14-count Aida fabric, thread, a hoop, an embroidery needle, and a cross stitch guide for beginners. It can also be purchased gift-wrapped if you are buying it as a present.


15. Dinosaur cross stitch kit

cross stitch kits - dino

Create this lovely dinosaur cross stitch for a friend and let them know just how 'roarsome' you think they are, it'll be sure to put a smile on their face. It uses a mixture of colours to help you get used to changing threads making it a fantastic cross stitch kit for beginners.


16. Monstera cross stitch kit

Monstera cross stitch kit

Give this cool Monstera Deliciosa plant cross stitch kit a try, it's a larger hoop at 20cm so it'll give you plenty of practice with your stitching. This pattern uses 7 different colours and a basic cross stitch only so is ideal for beginners. The finished piece is so pretty and would look lovely hanging in any plant-lovers home.


17. 'You make me so happy' cross stitch kit

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Brighten someone's day with this sweet message! This cute cross stitch is great for beginners too as it only uses one simple stitch. Everything you need is included in the kit so as soon as it reaches your door you'll be ready to stitch.


18. Motivational cross stitch kit

Feel motivated with this 'feel good' cross stitch kit. Stitching is said to be very therapeutic, so why not grab yourself a cuppa and have some me-time with your new project? Very relaxing after a stressful day!


19. Sunflower cross stitch kit

cross stitch kits - sunflower

Bring some sunshine into your home with this sunflower cross stitch. This project is suitable for beginners but contains lettering which can be a little more challenging but great practice to test your skills. The kit contains everything you need!


20. Mountain cross stitch kit

cross stitch kit mountain

This bright mountain scene will be a challenge for beginners but totally worth it in the end! It is larger blocks of colour so that makes things easier. After completing this project you'll be well on your way to becoming a pro stitcher.


Build the skills you need to grow your cross stitch hobby

What’s next for you after you finish your beginner kit?

Learning new skills lets you create more detailed designs, or feel confident to choose larger projects. You can define your cross stitch with backstitch outlines, or add dots with French knots.

Learn how to get your threads and fabric separately from a kit so you can stitch the free cross stitch designs we have on Gathered, too!

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What are fractional stitches, anyway?

We’ll help you understand how to do fractional stitch (and a lot more besides) in Gathered’s guide to cross stitch for beginners.

Authors

Hannah BellisKnitting Editor, Gathered

Hannah has worked on Gathered for 3 years, since our launch in 2019. At school Hannah learned to knit collaborating on dorcas blankets – now she edits our knitting section. She inherited her love of stitching and embroidery from her talented grandmother, and her passion for thread led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching for six years. Card making is a more recent passion, developing from her position as editor of Cross Stitch Card Shop. She loves using kinetic techniques to make cards that move – she was editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine for over four years, creating loads of card making video tutorials at www.youtube.com/PapercraftTV.

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