It’s the year of the monkey, and to celebrate we’ve got this amazing cross stitch Chinese New Year design for you, featuring the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. This cross stitch Chinese New Year design first appeared in Jo Verso’s Cross Stitch Year back in 1998 but we’ve reworked it (with permission) and brought it bang up to date for 2016.
The 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac are all represented in cross stitch here: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram (or sheep/goat), monkey, rooster, dog and pig, topped with colourful Chinese lanterns to set the scene. This version was stitched on white 27-count linen, but it could be worked on 14-count Aida with just as much success. Cross stitch and French knots were done with two strands of DMC stranded cotton (see key for colours) and backstitch with one.
As well as being combined into this sampler design, each of the motifs could also be stitched individually as greetings cards or patches.
What is the Chinese Zodiac?
The Chinese zodiac is a cycle that repeats every 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed characteristics. These zodiac animals were traditionally used to date the years.
If you want to work out which animal you are, find your birth year in the table below and then let us know in the comments!
Free Chart: Cross Stitch Chinese New Year
We hope you enjoy this free cross stitch Chinese New Year chart – if you stitch it we’d love to see your creations over on our Facebook page. Finished size 5 x 6in (13 x 15.5cm).