One of the things that has kept me sane during this long pandemic has been cross stitching. A friend taught me a while back and I took right to it. And especially lately, I’ve been stitching up a storm. Now with the holidays rapidly approaching, there has never been a better time for the calming needle craft.
I’m pretty particular about designs, and usually find the ones I like on Etsy (no surprise there.) So I thought I’d make up a list for Happy Cat Corner of my favorite cat cross stitch patterns.
My next venture is hopefully to design my own!
These patterns are all PDF files that are automatically made available for you to download and print as soon as you purchase the pattern. They all come with all of the information and instructions you need. They list the materials you will need to complete the project – thread colors, type of Aida cloth, what size embroidery hoop, etc. And if you have any questions at all, these sellers are always very accommodating in responding to their customers’ messages.
My favorite overall shop for unique cross stitching patterns is Stitching Land. I’ve ordered patterns from her several times and they are very well thought out and easy to follow along. Her designs are full of bold colors and vivid patterns, while still being modern and uniquely stylized. Happily, she has several cat designs which I’ve shared below, including the one pictured at the top that I recently completed.
2. Cat vs Cute
Cat vs Cute is a great shop to find cat patterns because it’s literally just all cats. The designs are simple and clever and would be a great place to start for a beginner.
3. Shop Tube
Shop Tube is a mixed bag of modern, cute, and easy cross stitch patterns that are suitable for beginners. I LOVE this Frida Kahlo pattern with a cat because it’s two of the things I love best.
Nikki Pattern is another shop I’ve ordered from and had a good experience with. She has a TON of stuff to choose from. Make sure to check the overall size of her patterns – they were a little larger than I realized so I decided to convert them from 14 to 18 count Aida. If I make my cross stitches too big I soon won’t have any place to put them!
Another incredibly prolific pattern designer, StitchesLoversShop makes something for everyone.
I enjoy the simplicity and sweetness of this cat heart design. It has kind of an antique sampler feel to it.
This one is too cute! I might have to make it for my little niece. LilyPatternStudio is clearly a cat lover, as she offers several cat designs.
This little pattern would be great to put up around Halloween, or any time! Such a great movie.
Oh my GOSH, I love how eerie and strange this one is… Such a cool variety of unique patterns out there!
This shop has “magical and modern cross stitch pattern design” and this little wizard with his cat certainly lives up to that description.
11. Komodo Stitches
Komodo Stitches hails from Victoria, Canada, and designs what they describe as, “nerdy cross stitch patterns, including video game patterns, Dnd patterns, board game patterns, and all sorts of other patterns too!”
I’ve done a watercolor style cross stitch pattern like this before and they are definitely a little more difficult, but totally worth the effort when the project is complete.
Any Stardew Valley fans out there? This shop features several patterns based on the popular game, and this pixelated cat design would be the perfect cross stitch pattern for any SDV enthusiast.
This shop has a lot of cute, whimsical patterns and my favorite is definitely these purrmaids.
The purrfect cross stitch to put out at the holidays, or to give as a present.
16. The Stitch Mill
I like the Stitch Mill’s design style of creating lots of cute little shapes to make up a larger pattern. One reviewer said of this particular cat pattern, “This has been my first cross-stitch project ever. I really like the digital pattern. It has been easy to follow. I call them my “covid kitties”. Great activity for managing stress.”
This shop offers all sorts of patterns and I find the rustic style of this cat and pumpkin design really appealing and perfect for autumn.
18. Sovushka Designs
Oh my… I was WAY too excited to find this amazing Medieval cat cross stitch pattern and it’s definitely going to be my next project!
19. Lab Pattern
Polygonal style patterns are very popular right now. I love the purple color scheme in this one by Lab Pattern.
20. X Stitchery Shop
This pattern designer was exciting to find not only because of her thoughtful and intricate designs, but because of the way she bases some of her patterns on specific art movements and styles. Always something I like to see. The first cat pattern is based on the Art Deco style. I love the swirls on the cat’s coat. The next one uses a Pop Art/Abstract style. So fun!
So those are some of my top picks for cross stitch patterns featuring beloved cats. They range from super easy to much more advanced. Generally the more colors the pattern requires, the harder it is. It just depends on how much time you want to devote to it.
If you have a cat cross stitch that you’re working on or have completed, I’d love to see pictures and hear about where you find your patterns!
Like these designs? Feel free to browse through our many totally unique lists of cat-themed products for humans. Specifically hand-picked to include only the coolest stuff – you won’t find these lists anywhere else!