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Free Cross Stitch Patterns Perfect for Halloween

Updated on December 19, 2015

What Could Be Better Than A Free Halloween Pattern?

It's that time of year. You know, when we need to start gearing up our thought processes to come up with some terrific ideas for Halloween crafts.

Halloween just happens to be my middle daughter's favorite holiday. I can remember how much she loved it and how worked up she got around this particular holiday. She would become so excited that she couldn't sleep the night before and the day of Trick or Treating she would make herself sick with excitement. She has managed to pass this excitement on to her own children.

Because of her love for this holiday I have been kept busy for years coming up with Halloween crafts and décor.

This particular lens will be a craft lens where you will use a free online pattern and watch it come to life as an adorable Halloween potholder. Don't worry, I'll be taking you through the process step by step.

Hold on to your hat, we're about to begin.

witch on broom
witch on broom

Free Halloween Cross stitch Patterns

Where to Find Great Patterns on the Internet

On the right you will see the Halloween Cross stitch pattern that I chose to use as an example of how to use the free patterns you find online. I chose it because it is quick and easy and also because it is the perfect size to use on a potholder.

http://www.jessica-tromp.nl/crossstitch

What a wonderful site for Halloween cross stitch. I has oodles of patterns just waiting to be stitched. I choose the pattern for this lens from this website. Believe me it wasn't easy to make the choice.

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/x-stitch/holiday...

You will love the patterns on this site. There are 5 adorable patterns for pumpkins, cats, and ghosts.

http://www.cyberstitchers.com/free_patterns/search...

This is the website where I found the pattern we will be using. It is a terrific place to visit to find the perfect Halloween pattern. There are 84 bewitching projects. You'll be sure to find the perfect one for you.

http://crossstitch.about.com/od/freepatterns/tp/Ea...

On this website you will find a load of Halloween cross stitch patterns. Including: a trick or treat banner, an adorable ghost, bats, blacks cats and more.

http://www.jessica-tromp.nl/free_cross_stitch_patt...

On this site you will find some adorable bats, cats, ghosts and a few other creepy patterns. There is 14 in all for you to choose from.

http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Halloween-Cross-Stitc...

Kreinik has a wonderful collection of patterns, 22 of them, each cuter than the next. To find your way there you need to click on freebie, go to needlework and click on cross stitch. This takes you to a page that shows four icons, click on the Halloween patterns.

http://one.witchy.woman.tripod.com/

I love the name of this website. It's so Halloweeny ( is that a real word?). You absolutely must visit this site. There is an adorable selection of witch hats, a terrific group of tombstones, and so much more.

This picture came from the website http://www.jessica-tromp.nl/crossstitch. She did a wonderful job creating this pattern. You should see the others.

Cross Stitch Hand Needles-Size 24 4/Pkg
Cross Stitch Hand Needles-Size 24 4/Pkg

This is the size needle you will be using for this project.

 
DMC CR5440-6750 Classic Reserve Aida, 12 by 18-Inch, White, 14 Count
DMC CR5440-6750 Classic Reserve Aida, 12 by 18-Inch, White, 14 Count

You will be pleased with the selection of colors, there are 10. With the number of popular colors offered here you are sure to find the one you need for your project. For this project we will be using white.

 

Now for the materials - Aida cloth, needle and embroidery floss

For our purposes we are using 14 count aida cloth to stitch our project on. It is easy to see the holes and is still small enough to show detail nicely. I use this size most often and find it is a good size for beginners. Besides you won't strain your eyes as much as you would if you used linen or a 24 count aida.

I find that Charles Crafts make the best aida, at least for my purposes. I cross stitch without using a hoop and it holds it's shape beautifully.

As for the needle I like to use Tapestry needle size 26. It can be used on a wide range of adia cloth. What I really like about tapestry needles is that the tip is blunt instead of sharp. Less finger pricks.

There are a few different types of embroidery floss, the most popular are DMC, Anchor and J & P Coats. I use DMC so for our purposes I will be using their color numbers. However, for those out there that prefer one of the other two flosses, I am including a mini floss conversion chart for the colors being used on this pattern.

materials needed for witch project
materials needed for witch project

Supplies for Project

Or..what you need

First of all you need your aida cloth. For this project I am using 14 count. I don't want you to go blind. :) Any smaller and you will have a harder time seeing the holes to stitch through. This size is great for beginners.

You need a tapestry needle. We already discussed this, so grab your Tapestry needle size 26. I just love those blunt tips, I don't like to prick my finger. It tend to get messy and then you have a blood spot you have to clean off of your aida and that's not easy.

Now comes the embroidery floss. I am using DMC floss so I will be giving their color number here. Don't panic, Anchor and J & P Coats lovers, I am including a conversion chart just for you.

Now might be a good time to mention that I used two strand of floss for this project.

Now lets get started with that floss list:

COLOR NAME*********************DMC #********USE FOR

white********************************blanc**********whites of the eyes

black********************************310************eyes and outlining

coral, med**************************350************belt and hat band

brown, light*************************434************shoes

cranberry****************************603*************mouth

topaz, med light*********************725************buckle

old gold******************************729************broom

delft blue, dark**********************798************dress and hat

hazelnut brown, very dark*********869************hair

peach, very light********************948***********face and hand

You need of course your scissors, some trim ( I used 3/8 " wide grosgrain ribbon, you can use anything you want - the sky's the limit), and of course, a potholder. I chose black in honor of Halloween. The pot holder I used measures 6 1/4"x8".

Now that you have all of your supplies, let's get started.

materials needed for witch project
materials needed for witch project

Starting our project

Where do I start stitching?

The first thing you do is cut your aida cloth. You need to figure out the size of the stitched project. You do this by counting the stitches on the pattern. I did this for you. Our little witch riding her broom is 42 stitches wide and 45 stitches tall.

Now, you need to add 2 to 3 inches all the way around the design area. I left 2" so my measure that I need to use to cut my aida is 3"X3 1/4". If you are just beginning cross stitch I advise that you use the 3" measurement.

Now that you have a 3"x3 1/4" piece of aida I advise you to tape the edges. I use 3/4" wide masking tape. This helps to keep the aida from raveling or stretching. When taping the edges place half the width of the tape on front side of aida and the other half on the back.

If you don't want to use tape you can also machine-zigzag or whip stitch the edges. There is also a product called Liquid Fray Preventer that works well.

Again, if you are a beginner, it might bed a good idea to use a same hoop. If you do use a hoop make sure you use the measurement of 3" instead of 2".

After you get the edges taped you need to find the middle. I find it is easier to start in the middle of the pattern. To find the middle is very simple. First you fold your fabric in half horizontally, then fold it vertically. The point where they meet is the center.

beginning cross stitch project
beginning cross stitch project

How to begin

How to keep the end of your thread from coming out

It's time for you to start stitching. Well, not quite yet. First you need to get your needle and thread ready.

As I said before, I used 2 strand of floss for this project. I cut my floss about 18" in length. Then I separate it strand by strand. Separating helps keep it from tangling as much when you stitch. I then pick to stands and thread my needle.

Now that I have found the center of my pattern and my needle and thread is ready I can begin stitching.

Wait. You didn't put a knot at the end of your thread did you? If you did, cut it off. Knots are a no-no in cross stitching. Unless, of course, you are making a French knot. Pardon me, I digress. We'll discuss French knots at a different place and time.

You need to keep the thread from coming out so what do you do if you can't use a knot? Remember, you know where your center is and where you need to start. You simply insert your needle from the back come down on the front and continue stitch over the end of your floss.

I included a picture so you could see what it looks like, at least I hope you can.

Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners
Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners

You'll find lots of adorable patterns in this wonderful books. It is geared especially to the beginning cross stitcher. The patterns are cute, easy to work, and you'll love the instructions.

 

Cross Stitching for beginners

We all have to start somewhere. I think that a book made especially for the beginner is the perfect place.

There is also a kit that is perfect for you to use to get that first project under your belt.

beginning of witch potholder
beginning of witch potholder

Now we are stitching

The first viewing

I decided to show you step by step how your cross stitch will look. In this first picture I am showing what it looks like with the little witch's dress completed. Doesn't look like much does it?

Wait until you see it later. Right now it looks like we made an error on where the center is. Have no fear - we didn't.

I started with the dress because part of it is in the center. That means we start with 798, delft blue, dark.

Yeah! We're off to a great start.

2nd stage
2nd stage

2nd View

On to the hair, face, and hands.

Our next area that we will stitch is the hair. So thread your needle with 869, hazelnut brown, very dark and get stitching.

Now for the face and hand. Look at the cute little thumb resting on the broom stick. For these you will be using 948, I call it flesh, but the floss manufacturers call it peach, very light. Pretty isn't it?

Poor little witch. She doen't look like much yet but you wait, you won't believe the transformation.

3rd stage
3rd stage

Moving on

Now comes the hat band and belt.

Finally, it's starting to look like we might be doing a cute little witch riding, well, we're not there yet.

The hat is the same color as the dress. That pretty delft blue, dark number 798.

I love the color of the belt and hat band. Don't you? It called coral, medium or, in number terms 350.

It adds that bright little splash of color.

Not get stitching, We're getting closer.

Great Halloween Pattern Books

In this collection of books you will find everything you need to start your own personal collection of spooky Halloween decorations. If you already have started your Halloween collection, you'll be sure to find some new ideas that will be perfect to add to it.

Just Cross Stitch HALLOWEEN Collection Fall 2011 Special Issue (Just Cross Stitch)
Just Cross Stitch HALLOWEEN Collection Fall 2011 Special Issue (Just Cross Stitch)

This book has 50 patterns perfect for Halloween. If you like pumpkins, witches, blacks, and more scary Halloween season projects you will love this book.

 
4th stage
4th stage

We're almost there

Finishing up the shoes, buckle, mouth, eyes, and broom

I can't believe we are already at this stage of the stitching. We need to finish up all of the details except for the outlining on this stage.

The shoes are the first thing I stitched. They're a pretty brown called brown, light or, number 434.

I just had to do the buckle next. I wanted to see the topaz, medium light, or number 725 next to the hat band color. I was right they are terrific together.

The mouth is two little stitches of number 603, or cranberry.

The eyes are, of course, black and white, or in floss terms, 310 and blanc.

Now for the broom. Finally that poor little witch will be perched on her broom, she must be tired. Her broom is 729 or old gold, medium. Wait till you see it stitched.

We're almost finished.

finished pattern
finished pattern

We're done

Isn't she adorable?

To finish we need to use our black, 310, and stitch away. For this pattern they used the black stitching bordering all of the little details you stitched instead of backstitching.

I love this little witch.

Now for our Halloween potholder project.

Don't worry. The hard part is over.

Halloween Cross Stitch Kits

What a wonderful time the more advanced stitcher will have completing these kits.

They are both made with the detailed stitching in mind.

Sweetheart Tree Spook-tacular Halloween Counted Cross Stitch Kit
Sweetheart Tree Spook-tacular Halloween Counted Cross Stitch Kit

You will love this Halloween hit. The pictured is adorable and it has some really great directions. This is a pattern for the more advanced stitcher. The kit includes 28 count Putty Cashel Linen, Mill Hill beads, 1 number 26 Tapestry needle, and a beading needle. The finished size is 3 3/4" x3 3/4".

 
next step
next step

The finished potholder

What a great job you've done.

We are almost done. As I said, the hard part is over.

Now let's get busy making our Halloween potholder.

I used a black potholder but you can use whatever color you wish. This project would also be adorable on a potholder mitt. Imagine you could do two of them, one mitt and one plain potholder. What a cute pair it would make.

Thee first thing I did was to trim the aida cloth around the stitched pattern. I made sure there was plenty of blank aida cloth to place the 3/8 grosgrain ribbon on without crowding the stitching. You decided how much bland aida you want showing.

Then I centered the aida on the potholder, pinned it with straight pins so it wouldn't move and stitched a loose running stitch abound the outside edges to hold it in place.

The next step is to measure your trim around the outside edges of the aida. I wanted to stitch the trim on top of the aida without showing the edges on the outside.

I cut each ribbon of each side separately and used Liquid Fray Preventer on the cut edges of the ribbon. I then stitched the ribbon to the top of the aida and potholder. I stitched everything on rather than using an adhesive because of the heat in the kitchen.

Look at the next picture to see the finished product.

Wow! - Look what you did!

finished potholder
finished potholder

What a great job you did. I am impressed.

Be careful though.

Your family and friends may want one of their own.

Guess who they'll come to.

colors used for project
colors used for project

Floss Conversion Chart

For all you Anchor and J & P Coats users

Here's the conversion chart for Anchor and J & P Coats.

DMC*****************************Anchor*****************************J & P Coats

blanc*******************************2************************************1001

310********************************403**********************************8403

350*********************************11**********************************3111

434********************************310**********************************5000

603*********************************62**********************************3153

725********************************305**********************************2294

798********************************155**********************************7080

869********************************944**********************************5374

948*******************************1011**********************************2331

Now, get busy stitching.

Cross Stitching for the Beginner

Please watch this video before you begin trying to cross stitch.

It has all of the basics you need to teach you how to stitch.

You'll be glad you watched it.

This is a must watch video for the beginning cross stitcher. My advice to you is to watch this before you try making your fist stitch.

Cross Stitch Tips

Important Things to Remember

I couldn't end this lens without giving some important tips. So.....here goes.

1. Always wash your hands before stitching on your projects. I know your hands look clean but there are oils there that will make smudges on your project. Believe me you don't want that.

2. Try to keep your thread length to 18" or shorter. If you have it too long your thread will begin to show a little fraying and you tread tends to tangle more.

3. Remember to separate each stand of floss and then put the amount of stands you will be using together. Your thread will lie flatter and give a greater coverage.

4. Never, ever, ever, knot your thread. It will make your work look lumpy.

5. Please be careful not to pull the stitches too tightly. If you do your project will get that wavy, puckery look.

6. Make sure all of your top stitches are in the same direction. For example: top left to bottom right.

7. Every so often drop your needle to take the twist out of your thread. To do this, hold your aida in the air, drop your threaded needle and watch it spin. You'll be glad you did.

8. Finishing you stitch is quite easy. Just run the thread under a few stitches on the back side of your work.

9. If by chance, your project gets a smudge or two don't despair. Simply soak it in cold ware with a mild soap for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse it well and roll it in a clean white towel to remove the excess water. Never, nerve wring it. It will cause cresses that you will have a heck of a time getting rid of.

Then place it face down on a dry clean towel and iron on a warm setting until it is dry.

10. Relax and enjoy. Look at what you can accomplish.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I used to do quite a bit of cross stitch but lost steam over the years. You've inspired me to get started again.:)

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @SandyMertens: sandyspider, there's nothing like cross stitching to relax you.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @Elsie Hagley: kiwinana71, you should get back to stitching - it's so much fun.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @LisaAuch1: LisaAuch, I think she's adorable. I'm sure you would do a beautiful job crosws stitching.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @hkhollands: hkhollands, get busy and stitch one up. ;-)

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @CassandraCae: CassandraCae. I love to cross stitch. It's my relaxation.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @SusanDeppner: Susan52, I'm glad you liked my little witch potholder.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is very complete and getting me in the mood to start again.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nicely done article, also the photos for cross stitch, especially for halloween.

      I used to do cross stitch work years ago but haven't for sometime.

      I like the idea of separating the thread, that would stop a lot of the tangling of the thread, never thought of that one. Thanks.

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      I love that witch! she is too cute to be scary, I am an admirer of cross stitch although I crochet and have not tried this, perhaps with your tips I could, Beautiful job.

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      hkhollands 4 years ago

      She is very cute :) I would use that potholder in my kitchen.

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      Cassandra Kuthy 4 years ago from Ohio

      Cross stitch is one of the things on my crafting do to list.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a cute project! Love that you included the step-by-steps. Great idea to put it on a pot holder and the ribbon border really adds a lot to the look. Great job!