The best animal cross stitch charts

Do you love to stitch on the wild size? Here's our pick of cross stitch charts featuring animals from our top designers – and some are even free cross stitch patterns, too!

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Published: August 5, 2020 at 12:24 pm
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From domestic pets to farm animals and wild beasts, animals portraits are one of the very nicest things to stitch! Some legendary designers, like the much-loved but sadly no longer with us Polyanna Pickering have created epic designs that can't be purchased anymore. We've been hunting down the very best cross stitch charts featuring our animals friends that you can still get hold of and start stitching today. Is your next must-stitch design on this list?


Animal cross stitch pattern: baby snow leopard

Baby animals hold special appeal for so many stitchers, and this lovely design from Jenny Barton shows a sweet snow leopard cub. Just look at those beautiful marking – you almost feel like you could stroke him! This design is part of Cross Stitch Favourites: animal friends. This special magazine collection is packed with more than 160 realistic animal and cute character designs, and is on sale now for £4.99.

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Animal cross stitch pattern: labrador

You know how sometimes animals have those eyes that melt your heart? This! Jenny Barton's very good boy is a complete darling, and he can have the treat/ball/food we are holding any time he likes! Originally featured in Cross Stitch Gold 122, this design is now available as a chart download from her website for £4.49.

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Click to see the labrador chart on Jenny Barton's webstore

Animal cross stitch pattern: flower crown pets

If you are looking for a slightly smaller stitch that is still crammed with character, how about this lovely quartet of pet portraits adorned with flower crowns? Whether you stitch each animal on its own, or present as a set of 4 as designer Lucie Heaton has shown here, these sweet characters will be just as adorable. The PDF download of the 4 character charts costs £4.95 from her online store.

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Click here to see the chart in her online store

Animal cross stitch pattern: farmyard friends

Leave it Joanne Aston to capture the best bits of a rural life in her cross stitch designs! We love this farmyard hanging scene, which can also be stitched as separate smaller designs, too. This is another of the great charts included in Cross Stitch Favourites: animals friends.

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Animal cross stitch pattern: African sunset

These silhouette animals are so cool! You can stitch the entire scene without ever having to rethread your needle, and using a vibrant background fabric does the sunset work for you! Originally featured in Cross Stitch Crazy, these stunning stitches are now available in designer Fiona Baker's online Etsy store. The PDF download costs £5

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Click here to see the pattern in Fiona's etsy store

Animal cross stitch patterns: Elephant and baby

Did you know that a baby elephant is called a calf? However you word it, there is no mistaking the bond between mother in child, captured here in cross stitch by Maria Diaz. This is such an adorable portrait! You can download the chart from her online store for £3

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Click here to see the chart in her online store

Animal cross stitch patterns: tiger

This could be as close to cross stitch tiger perfection as we have ever seen! No stitches are wasted in Jenny Barton's stunningly realistic portrait, brought to life with some classy greenery to frame and display this tiger so he looks his very best. This simply stunning design is available in The World of Cross Stitching issue 293, on sale in the UK on 20th March 2020.

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Animal cross stitch pattern: Indian elephant

Oooh, this is such a sumptuous design! It was originally created by Susan Bates for Cross Stitch Gold back in 2012, and is now available to buy from her online chart shop for £7.50. We just adore the colours on this design!

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Click to see this design in Susan Bates' Etsy store

Animal cross stitch patterns: free hedgehog

This little guy is not quite on the same scale as the other projects featured here, but that's because he is a free taster from Jenny Barton's JB Cross Stitch! If you love her big designs shown here, but want to test out something smaller before committing to a larger stitch, he's your hog.

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Find the free hedgehog chart on JB Cross Stitch

Animal cross stitch patterns: free on Gathered

We have many free animal cross stitch patterns for you right here on Gathered, and we'll be adding to these all the time! Our current selection includes butterflies, caterpillars, pandas, birdies and more? How about stitching this sweet mouse from Rhona Norrie?

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Animal cross stitch patterns: Monkey and dog cross stitch cards

These brilliant cards from Jenny Barton are great for celebrating birthdays, whatever the age of the birthday boy or girl!

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Find the monkey & dog cross stitch patterns

Animal cross stitch patterns: folk art fox

Here is a very special chart that we have available as a free download on Gathered! This beautiful fox created by Durene J0nes makes a luxurious stitch for all seasons.

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Find the Durene Jones cross stitch fox pattern


Animal cross stitch patterns: Otters

Cuteness overload alert! There are so many lovely animal cross stitch patterns in Little Beach Hut’s range, but we think these otters are our favourite. This would be a fun take on a family tree or birth sampler for a growing family – there is an otter couple version available too which would be good for weddings or engagements with the Otterly in Love pun as an added bonus. This kit costs £17. Find it on Little Beach Hut’s Etsy store.

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Cross Stitch Favourites: animal friends

Get your paws on this gorgeous collection of animal designs! With 160 charts to choose from, you'll find just the thing to stitch this spring.There's something for every skill level, too! Click to order your copy
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Hannah BellisKnitting Editor, Gathered

Hannah has worked on Gathered for 2 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

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