Almost every cross stitcher will need to follow a cross stitch pattern – how to use this chart is one of the first things that new stitchers to learn. Luckily it’s very straightforward – here’s how it’s done!
What are cross stitch patterns?
Cross Stitch patterns or ‘charts‘ are printed with black-and-white symbols. They have numbered grid lines to help you find your place. Some charts include coloured boxes to help you keep track of your stitches. Work from an enlarged photocopy if you need to.
The thread numbers you need to stitch the design will listed in the first column of the chart’s key – the numbers you see there refer to the brand of cotton that you need to use to stitch the design, for example, Anchor.
For the charts in our sister magazines, you’ll usually find conversions for at least two main brands (for example, Anchor, DMC and/or Madeira) in case you prefer to stitch with these threads, but since they are not exact equivalents it’s best not to mix manufacturers’ threads in the same piece of stitching to avoid ‘patchy’ results.
If you’re stitching a chart that came with a ready-built cross stitch kit it may just include the codes for the brand of threads that came with the kit.
We’ve put together this step by step guide to talk you through how to use a cross stitch pattern for the first time.