9 Winter Cross Stitch Patterns

Colorful snowflake cross stitches

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Winter is long and cold, but don't let that get you down. Celebrate the frosty months by cross stitching a winter themed pattern. From traditional to whimsical, there is a project idea suitable for everyone. 

  • 01 of 09

    Winter Birds

    Winter birds cross stitch pattern

    Well Stitches/Etsy

    Birds in the wintertime are alluring. Their bright feathers against a gray background are a reminder that there is a beauty to be found even during a dark season. This pattern is easy to cross stitch and fit for both beginners and more advanced stitchers. Personalize your project with a winter-themed quote, a monogram or a special date. 

  • 02 of 09

    Snowflake Hearts

    Snowflake hearts cross stich pattern

    Thread, a Needle, a Cat and Me

    This is a very intricate pattern that showcases multiple snowflakes joined together to create a heart-shaped pattern. Stitch this pattern with one color or in various tones. Add metallic floss for a dazzling effect. While this pattern is meant to be a heart, cross-stitch each snowflake separately for winter themed ornaments or a sampler. 

  • 03 of 09

    Woodland Cottage

    Woodland cottage cross stitch pattern

    Fuzzy Fox Designs / Etsy

    If you love to escape to a cozy log cabin in the snow, cross stitch this Woodland Cottage to commemorate your adventures. Add snowflake buttons to the final project for a 3D effect. The colors in this pattern are bright and fun, which make it an uplifting project during the gray winter months. 

  • 04 of 09

    Winter Cometh

    Winter cometh cross stitch design

    123 Stitch

    One can't help but think of "Game of Thrones" when stitching this pattern. Instead of Mr. Snow, we have Mr. Crow telling us that winter cometh. This is an easy project that does not require a lot of intricate stitches.

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  • 05 of 09

    Moonlight Skaters

    Moonlight skaters cross stitch design
    Tempting Tangles

    This traditional sampler showcases two ice skaters enjoying their time together as a furry audience looks on. The shading in the background captures the silver frost of a winter's night. 

  • 06 of 09

    Blackwork Snowflake

    BLackwork snowflake design

    Cyber Stitchers

    Blackwork cross stitch is usually, well black, but in the case of this snowflake pattern, it is stitched in an icy blue. While this pattern is small, the details of it are very intricate. The project is only for one snowflake, but you can continue the pattern for an entire sampler or frame for your favorite winter quote. If you are a traditionalist, cross stitch this pattern in black instead of blue. 

  • 07 of 09

    Winter Scene

    Detailed winter scene cross stitch design

    Cross Stitch Pattern

    The forest in winter is a place of serenity and tranquility. This free pattern is so beautifully detailed, that it whisks you away to a peaceful place. This pattern would make a great pillow or frame for your ski cabin. 

  • 08 of 09

    Let It Snow

    Let it Snow cross stitch design

    123 Stitch

    Stitch this design for a chalkboard that doesn't smudge! This is just one in a series of monthly chalkboard themed designs by Hands On Design. The white floss against the light gray fabric gives off the appearance of calligraphy on a blackboard. 

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  • 09 of 09

    It's Winter Time

    It's Winter Time cross stitch design

    Les Grilles de Maryse

    Wintertime is time to rest, enjoy your home, and prepare for spring. This free cross stitch pattern is an homage to that "home sweet home" nesting feeling that goes along with winter. Cross stitch this pattern separately or as part of a four-season sampler. Consider also turning this project into a sachet filled with a warm winter scent.