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Cross-stitching is a beautiful hobby that attracts people of all ages. You only need a pattern, needle, canvas, and thread to begin. If you’re looking for an easy and free way to turn your images into excellent patterns, you’ve come to the right place.

Below you can learn how to use our cross-stitching pattern generator in quick steps, as well as some crucial tips and tricks to make your cross-stitching time more enjoyable. We also included images to make your reading more pleasant and to help you understand more.

1. Upload Photo & Adjust Your Design

To begin your personalized cross-stitching pattern, simply enter our generator website and select the image you’d like to convert into a pattern. The software is free to use and works incredibly with any picture you’d like.

As you can see, you can select from any folder you have on your computer, tablet, or phone and the process is very simple.

2. Select Image Area

After uploading your image you’d want to select the area where you want to create the cross-stitching pattern. You may like only a certain part of the picture and here’s the moment to leave only what you want to have in your pattern.

Simply drag the circles to enclose the area that you want and you’re done. You can also adjust some aspects of your image such as the brightness, saturation, and contrast like in the image below.

This is great if your image is not very bright and you want to have a clear cross-stitching pattern. One of the greatest advantages of using our cross-stitch pattern generator is that you can completely customize your design in terms of size and visual appearance. If you want to create free cross-stitching patterns and enjoy your days, we’ve got your back.

3. Select Fabric Cell Size

Once you’re done with the visual part of your pattern, it is time to choose the appropriate fabric cell size. This means the number of stitches that can be made in one inch, and it is known as the fabric’s count.

The higher the number, the smaller your stitches will be and this will require better lighting and super detailed and careful counting. If you’re just starting with cross-stitching, we recommend an 11-count or 14-count Aida Cloth.

Definition: Aida is the most common type of fabric used in cross-stitching. It has subtle square patterns all across the surface that allow cross-stitching to be followed more easily.

Once you’ve played with all these tools, click ‘Continue’ at the bottom of the page, and wait for the cross-stitching pattern generator to work its magic.

4. Adjust Settings

A preview will appear and you’ll be able to see how your final pattern will look. At the top of the page, you can see your settings and the complexity of your project. This can also be adjusted and is related to the details and quality of your design.

You’ll need to select the floss palette you’ll be using for your project by clicking the rectangle below said title.

4.1 Choosing The Appropriate Floss Palette

If you’re a beginner, we recommend you use a hand-dyed 100% cotton six-strand floss to make your cross-stitch design look incredible. Brands included in the options are DMC, Madeira, Anchor, Rosace, Bestex, CXC, Gamma, Lã Paratapet 100gr (for Arraiolos patterns), and PNK Kirova.

In the generator, you’ll be able to adjust the number of colors chosen too, as well as enter the nametag of each to complete your pattern.

4.2 Change The Complexity Of Your Pattern

After choosing your floss palette you’ll be able to change the complexity of your pattern that has to do with the quality and details of the design. Simply drag the ‘Complexity’ bar until the value you choose results in a good-looking pattern for you. The more complex your design, the more details it’ll have, and vice versa. To access the exact values chosen, click the link under the complexity control.

4.3 Palette & Number Of Colors

All these subheadings have a specific order that has to do with the importance of the settings. Changing the complexity of the pattern is the first thing you should do, and if it’s not enough for you, then move to set the appropriate number of colors. If this isn’t enough either, consider selecting your palette color by color.

Below the ‘Complexity’ setting, select ‘adjust palette, number of colors, fabric type, and other settings to adjust other details of your pattern.

You’ll find the possibility to select the colors of your floss palette and to select the ones you don’t want to stitch, according to your design. Selecting each color you’ll be using in your project is needed if you want to make your pattern more accurate to what you want it to look in the end.

Consideration: the number of colors setting, depends on some factors worth having in mind, such as your image used as a reference, size, complexity, contrast, brightness, and more. Therefore it is recommended that you adjust these settings first and then select the number of colors chosen to allow the generator to recalculate if values are changed.

Click everything you feel appropriate and play around with the brightness, saturation, and contrast to make your pattern perfect for you. Below all this, you’ll find a small preview of the design where you can keep adjusting what you feel is necessary.

Other settings you can adjust in this category include the fabric color (which you can find above the palette colors selected), the number of colors you’ll be using, the Aida Cloth count you already selected, as well as the size of the fabric.

4.4 Other Settings

Other settings to adjust if needed include if you want more or fewer details in your pattern (more details mean a more complex design, and vice versa), if your pattern needs to be printed, as well as if you want a colored background for your pattern cells and more. This can be found right at the top of the page, and looks like this:

To begin, the ‘Fractional crosses’ symbol, when checked, indicates that the design will contain some cells that are split into 4 smaller cells. Each part’s color corresponds to every end of the cross. You can use quarter, half, and three-quarters stitches when the colors of parts of crosses match.

As for the ‘Mix colors’ box, this will make your pattern have symbols that represent threads of different colors combined. The number of threads can be found in the ‘Color code’ column.

If you want to create art that resembles the original image more closely and is willing to put in a little extra work, you can check the ‘More details’ (complex) checkbox. The same rule applies to the ‘More colors’ checkbox.

What’s more, if the colorful backgrounds of the pattern cells bother you, you can uncheck the ‘Color background’ for pattern cells checkbox to make the pattern's background white. For those who prefer smaller pattern cells, please uncheck the ‘Large pattern cells’ checkbox, which requires fewer design pages.

After adjusting everything you desire and previewing your design, click ‘Create Design’ and wait for the generator to finish.

5. Receiving Your Free Cross-Stitching Pattern

To receive your design, please leave your name and email address so we can easily send it to you by email. We won’t spam you with emails, thus you’re not subscribing to a newsletter; if you want, later you can do so voluntarily.

You’ll receive an email with a PDF file which you can download and print to start your cross-stitch pattern design.

In your pattern, you’ll see different signs and shapes that indicate which stitch to use, as well as colors and more. This quick guide will come in handy if you have any doubts related to stitches.

Congratulations, you successfully created a free cross-stitch pattern from a picture using’s generator. Keep reading to learn some useful tips and tricks to nail your final design and make your process easier and loaded with fun.

Cross-Stitch Tips & Tricks For Beginners

Now that you know how to make a cross-stitching pattern, it is time to learn some hidden tips and tricks to make your activity more enjoyable. Some of these tips have to do with cross-stitching techniques and others revolve around general considerations you should have in mind when deciding to grab your cross-stitching kit.

1. Don’t Tighten Your Needle

You might think that holding your needle tight will result in a neat and secure cross-stitch design, but this can end in a completely opposite result. For your stitches or back stitches, gently pull your thread when coming back down to look after the Aida underneath. This will also make your design look better and softer.

FAQ: How to choose the best needle size?

Normal sewing needles can’t be used in cross-stitching, and generally, the recommended needle size for this hobby are those that have a rounded tip (typically known as a tapestry needle). This ensures you pass the floss through the fabric without accidentally piercing its threads, which can result in damaging the cloth.

How to stitch fractional (petite) crosses?

Petite stitch, in contrast to cross stitch, is a tiny cross stitch that is done on a quarter of a square. As a result, you'll have four tiny cross stitches rather than one large one. Petite stitches can be utilized for more complex cross stitch patterns because they are typically constructed using the quarter stitch.

2. Stitch During The Day

This has to do with using natural daylight when cross-stitching, which can help with seeing your pattern better and allowing your eyes to rest. Sometimes, when cross-stitching at night, artificial lighting hurts your eyes, making you tired and producing headaches in most cases.

3. Remove The Hoop From Time To Time

When you’re not stitching, remove the hoop from your project to minimize the creases it creates in a specific area. This will help with a cohesive and even final result.

FAQ: How to choose the right hoop size?

When choosing a hoop for your project, it is recommended that you select one that is at least 1-inch larger than your design. Purchasing a hoop that is too big can result in an uncomfortable cross-stitching session.

How to use an embroidery hoop?

You have the right hoop size, now it is time to use it. To do this, loose the screw of the hoop by simply rotating it. On your work surface, lay the inner ring—the one without the screw—flat.

Put the right side of your cloth over the inner ring. Next, affix the outer ring over the inner and fabric rings. After that, only partially tighten the screw. Make sure it is not completely tight, just enough so that the outer hoop won't fall off when you pick it up. Finally, gently draw the fabric's edges together to make it tighter. After pulling consistently from both sides of the hoop, finish tightening the screw.

4. Carefully Iron Your Project

After cross-stitching your entire design, it is recommended that you iron your piece to even the stitches’ height. To do this properly, put a towel on your ironing board, and your Aida right side down. You’ll be ironing the back, ensuring that your stitches won’t go totally flat.

5. Wash Your Hands Before Stitching

It might seem unnecessary, but washing your hands before stitching can be the key to a clean and perfect design. Your hands are constantly getting dirty, even if you don’t notice, and can stain your thread and Aida.

Create Free Cross-Stitching Pattern Tutorial Conclusion

In this article, we showed you how to create free cross-stitch patterns with a picture using our generator. You simply upload a picture, select the area you want to turn into a pattern, and play around with the settings.

Preview your pattern and once you’re ready, leave your email so we can send the PDF file there. Remember, it is not a newsletter and we’ll never spam your inbox. Download and print your pattern to begin. If you have any doubts, this stitching guide will help you out.

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