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Winter months have me thinking about snow… which is how this penguin pattern came to be!

little penguin free cross stitch pattern

Every month, I am sharing a free cross stitch pattern to my subscribers-only library. This latest addition of a cute little penguin would look great in a nursery!

Happy new year! Before I get to the details on this pattern, I wanted to mention a little “housecleaning”:

I’ve been sharing cross stitch patterns for a few years now… which is kind of trippy when I think about it, since I only started sharing them because I thought it would be fun to create a pattern or two. To my surprise, this has developed a real following, and I’m so happy to have all of you come back month over month for these patterns! I’m sure that the pandemic had some influence, as I know all too well how relaxing this hobby can be, and I’m sure we could all use some relaxation these days.

As the library has expanded, there have been a few hiccups that I’ve been trying to resolve over the last few months. It’s been awkward timing since life with a newborn is as exhausting as you would imagine, but it reached a point that I just couldn’t put off anymore. The more I added, the more time maintaining the library took, and I needed to find a way to swing the balance back in my favor. For one, I needed to change over to a new email system to support the number of subscribers involved (the page is now simple password access and you can enter your email to get the password). I wanted to find a way to phase out the older patterns too because the library is so dense (sharing one per month over several years really adds up and started to take a huge amount of load time on the page)! I also still have a ton of ideas and patterns I haven’t even released for sale on Etsy; to that end, I want to start a paid members-only program for more patterns in addition to the free ones. I started the waitlist for it quietly, but this will be a good way to support the free library and include lots of extras for paid members. The patterns I will release in the membership program will consist of 1) phased-out patterns 2) patterns sold individually on Etsy and 3) exclusive pattern bundles that won’t be made available elsewhere. If you consider yourself more than the casual cross stitch hobbyist, this membership will definitely be for you! UPDATE: We’re live!!! Check out NeedleSpark today!

Anyway, that’s a quick catch-up before diving into the penguin pattern details (BTW, this penguin will have some matching animal friends in the new program when released!). I’ll add a few more reminders about the changes in the next few months of patterns just in case anyone misses this post (I also added a FAQ to the library and will be updating old pattern posts to reflect these new changes). Enjoy!

About this Penguin Cross Stitch Pattern

  • Designed for 14 count Aida
  • Full counted cross stitches only
  • DMC floss colors: 11
  • Size: approximately 4.3 in. x 6 in. (10.9 cm x 15.2 cm)
  • 60 x 84 stitches

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