Enrich little minds with this beautiful nature chart designed by Cheryl McKinnon. Your little explorers can grab their wellies, take their animal chart out into the wild and find their favourite creatures! Can they spot them all? As long as the cross stitch is stored inside a waterproof bag, they can use this cute chart over and over (plus it doesn't matter if it gets a little muddy).


Designed in a simple and adorable yet realistic style, these animals are a perfect first project for a little one looking to start their stitching journey. Kids can pick their favourite to stitch - with or without the name below - or stitch the whole gang as a guide for their next adventure! If the little ones aren't ready to stitch, this chart would make a thoughtful gift for them, and might even inspire not only to get outside and discover nature but for them to start stitching.

This animal chart cross stitch was designed by Cheryl McKinnon for Cross Stitch Crazy issue 266.

Animal chart fact box:

  • Stitching Time - Approx 18 hours
  • Type of Stitches - Cross stitch, backstitch
  • Ease of Stitching - Beginner

What you’ll need for the Animal chart:

  • Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white Aida measuring 25x33cm (93⁄4x13in).
  • Extras - A4 board and bulldog clips, backing card and A5 sealable plastic wallet

Animal chart pattern

Click the link to download the Animal chart pattern. The download is an A4 PDF and an accompanying key.

animal chart cross stitch

More like the animal chart

Looking for more? Check out this guide to cross stitching for kids. Browse our selection of free animal cross stitch patterns. Or take a look at the free modern cross stitch patterns we have for you to try. We have lots of other nature-inspired makes too, try the flower cross stitch, the cactus cross stitch or the lovely fox cross stitch also designed by Durene Jones. If you want more inspiration for cross stitch ideas be sure to browse through our large collection of free cross stitch patterns, there is something for everyone!


Cheryl McKinnon
Cheryl McKinnonCross Stitch Designer

Cheryl is a cross stitch designer from Canada. In her designs, she keeps cross stitch traditions alive whilst employing bright colour palettes, bold graphics, and uses retro themes to illustrate her love of vintage style. Cheryl showcases and sells her cross stitch patterns on her website the Tiny Modernist, where she shares tips and other useful cross stitch knowledge. Cheryl also has an amazing Instagram page where you can find all her latest designs and plenty of cross stitch inspiration.

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