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70 Unique Cross Stitch Tattoo Designs That Are Classy

by Sherri Owens

The counted thread embroidery tattoo popularly known as the cross stitch tattoo is the design you get if you want to remember your grandma. Or if you've always admired the skill and neatness of the cross stitch pattern.

I was drawn to cross stitching due to how it brings different designs to life in a neat pattern, and of course, because it reminds me of Nana. The floral cross stitch embroidery is my favorite because it always looks cute and just flawless.

Most people opt for stitch patterns with quotes. I asked around and found out it's because it allows you to incorporate the favorite quote of the person the counted thread embroidery reminds you of.

Still a little skeptical about getting this popular form of embroidery tattooed? Keep scrolling for amazing images that'll change your mind.

Cross Stitch Tattoo Ideas For Inspiration

The Flowers Cross Stitch Tattoo

Flowers have long been a symbol of natural beauty and life. Many tiny X-shaped stitches are used to create this unique cross stitch tattoo design, and the tattoo artist uses this same approach when applying the ink. Other flower ideas take a more creative approach, producing hybrid designs that incorporate cross stitching with different bold outlines.

However, these cross-stitching tattoos are united by the same unique embroidery patterns.

Cross stitch flower tattoo

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Blue Green and Brown cross stitch pattern tattoo

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Black Floral Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Rose with Leaves Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Pink Single Flower Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Blue and Yellow Cross stitch flower

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Purple Flower Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Red Cross Stitch Flower Tattoo

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Embroidery Pattern Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Floral Cross Stitcher Tattoo

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OldSchool Knitting Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Pink Cross Stitch Flowers Tattoo

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The Unique Cross Stitch Tattoos

Tattoos can most usually be a potent tool for self-expression. If you want to be unique wherever you go, these cross-stitch tattoo designs are for you. My favorite thing about these designs is how awesome they look wherever you decide to get it inked.

Cross Stitch Hand Tattoo

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Cross Stitch Wall Hanger Tattoo

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Black Work Cross Stitch Hand Tattoo

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Cross Stitching Kit Tattoo

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Flame cross stitch piece

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The Arm Cross Stitch Tattoo

The arm is a great spot for this design because it's the part of the body that's often exposed. This allows you to display these wonderful designs. These are distinctive cross-stitch designs that look good on the arm.

Colorful Cross Stitch Pattern On Arms

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Cloud and Rain Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Blue Orange and Red Cross Stitch Tattoo on Arms

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Black and Red Cross Stitch Tattoo on Arm

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The Thigh Cross Stitch Tattoo

The cross-stitch tattoos look sexy on the thigh. Most cross stitch tattoos done on the thigh symbolize romance and love. The tattoo design displays the romantic side of the wearer. It's a trendy design among ladies. Regardless, it looks stunning on both sexes.

Cross Stitch Elephant Thigh Tattoo

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Ukrainian style cross stitch thigh piece

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Black Cross Stitch Eye Thigh Tattoo

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Rooster Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Woman with Rose Crown Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Cartoon Character Cross Stitch Tattoos

If you want to make a playful statement, think of your favorite anime or cartoon character and use that as your design. To produce a fascinating design, the cross stitch tattoo artists create the cartoon character with tiny X-shaped stitches. It's a beautiful design for cartoon lovers and those who want to stay young at heart.

These cross stitch designs also display the wearer's bright, cheerful, and playful side. What I love most about these cartoon cross stitch tattoos is that you can combine your favorite cartoon character with the cross stitch tattoo. All you have to do is pick your favorite cartoon character and get it tatted.

Disney's Stitch Character Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Cross stitch Spiderman tattoo

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Captain America Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Cross Stitch Cow Tattoo

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Cross stitch Mario Tattoo

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Heart Cross Stitch Tattoo

Getting a heart cross stitch tattoo is a way of using this unique form of embroidery to express your love or desire in the coolest way there is (in my opinion). The heart cross stitch tattoo is done for several reasons.

You can get this done as a sign of friendship or just to show the world that you have a loving and passionate personality. Heart embroidery can also be done to remind you of your significant other always. There is no limit when it comes to this design. You can get it as small or large as you want, it all depends on your personal preference.

Blue Heart Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Red Heart Crafting Tattoo

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Realistic cross stitch heart tattoo

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Cross stitch heart tattoo in the bi-flag colours

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Floral Wreath and Heart Cross Stitch Piece

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Tiny Red Heart Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Red Heart Cross Stitch Chest Tattoo

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The Adorable Cross Stitch Tattoo

If you love cute tattoo art, this magnificent body art is for you. You can add colors to bring out the beauty of the tattoo and, at the same time, make it stand out.

It also gives a playful vibe and shows your free-spirited personality. This is a cross-stitch design that's trendy among ladies and would look great on the arm.

My Neighbor Totoro Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Jigglypuff Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Fire Flower Mario Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Quote Cross Stitch Tattoos

We often go through difficult times and might need something to uplift our spirits. Sometimes, a lovely inspirational quote is all you need to keep going.

The effect you get from combining motivational quotes with cross stitch tattoos can provide a person with a permanent reminder of whatever is incorporated in the quote. You can also integrate funny writing to your cross stitch tattoo to help put a smile on your face.

Is there a funny or wise saying that reminds you of your Nana? You can incorporate this saying into your cross-stitch tattoo design.

Cross Stitch Lettering Tattoo

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Black and Grey Floral and Quote Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Hands and Heart Quote Cross Stitch Piece

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The Butterfly Cross stitch tattoo

Most times, when you think of cross stitch tattoo designs, the first thing that comes to mind is grandma sitting on a sofa with knitting needles in her hands. These awesome cross-stitch patterns will surely make you think of the classic past times in a completely different light.

Just like a butterfly, this cross-stitch tattoo design symbolizes change, comfort, hope, transformation, and positivity.

Butterfly Cross Stitch Piece On Hands

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Colorful Butterfly Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Orange Butterfly Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Animals Cross Stitch Tattoos

Looking for a way to show the world you're an animal lover? Then getting these distinctive tattoos is another way of expressing your love for animals. These cross-stitching tattoos can be done by both genders and look wonderful on the back

The body art is in a form of a raster-like pattern and you can choose to incorporate any animal of your preference into it.

Tigre Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Crane Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Cross stitch cardinal tattoo

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Tiny My Neighbor Totoro Cross Stitch Arm Tattoo

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Bunny Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Forearm Cross Stitch Tattoos

These cross-stitching tattoos are very distinctive and look good on the forearm. This is because the forearm is often exposed, which means you'll get a glance of your feel-good tattoo always as you go about your day.

Floral Pattern Cross Stitch Forearm Tattoo

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Multicolored Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Huichol Tribe Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Colored Cross Stitch Pattern Forearm Tattoo

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Huichol Art Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Holy Linework Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Back Cross Stitch Tattoos

The back is an amazing spot to display these tattoo designs because there is enough space to make your cross stitch tattoo big and bold.

Anatomical Cross Stitch Heart Tattoo

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Eagle Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Gamer Cross Stitch Tattoos

These designs are for those who love playing video games. It's a wonderful design that can be done by both genders but is more popular among guys. If you're a female gamer, I suggest getting this tatted in your favorite color to add a feminine vibe to the form of embroidery.

Pokemon Cross Stitch Tattoo

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3D Cross Stitch Game Over Tattoo

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The Mom Cross Stitch Tattoo

This is my favorite cross-stitch tattoo pattern on the list. A mother is someone that loves you unconditionally, no matter what happens.

Who wouldn't want to get this unique cross stitch tattoo with mom written on it, to show just how much you cherish her? This is a versatile tattoo art that can be rocked by both men and women.

Mom Cross Stitch Tattoo

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Minimalist Cross Stitch Tattoo

Are you looking for a simple cross-stitch design without excess detail? Then you should go with the minimalist cross stitch design. It's a distinctive design that will allow you to display your introverted side while simultaneously being a little expressive.

Simple Cross Stitch Tattoo For Hands

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The Skull Cross Stitch Tattoo

This is an insanely intricate and cool piece of tattoo design to do. The design features two skulls connected by a thread and needle. The skulls are surrounded by pretty red and green cross stitch patterns.

This tattoo design is a way of showing your love for the embroidery tattoos and how you'll continue loving the art of cross stitching till death. You could get a single skull design, or opt for two skulls to remind you of someone who shares a similar passion for cross stitch embroidery. You can even get it as a reminder of the person who taught you cross stitch embroidery.

Skull Cross Stitch Chest Tattoo

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The Sewing Machine Cross Stitch Tattoo

Are you a fashion designer that would love to show the world you've got a passion for your craft? Then you should probably get this amazing sewing machine cross stitch tattoo design. It's done using black, green, and red ink. I suggest substituting green for purple or any other color you prefer.

Sewing Machine Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Snake Pattern Cross Stitch Tattoo

Historically, snakes represent fertility and the creative life force. Due to the fact that they shed their skin, they symbolize rebirth, immortality, and healing. According to ancient mythology, snakes are often seen as symbols of patience, knowledge, wisdom, and fertility.

So the serpent cross stitch tattoo is a unique way of getting a snake tattoo that is not extremely wild, to avoid giving grandma a heart attack!

Snake Pattern Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Bee Cross Stitch Tattoo

In this tattoo style, the tattoo artist has inked the image of a bee in a cross-stitch pattern. The body art symbolizes love, loyalty, and trust. The bee cross stitch tattoo is also a versatile design that can be done on any part of the body. You can do this on your shoulder or back if you want it to be large, or you can get it on your wrist for a more subtle bee tattoo.

Bee Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The Chest Cross Stitch Tattoo

The chest is a great spot to display your love for cross-stitch tattoos. Most cross stitch tattoos done on the chest and look really cool since you've got enough space to experiment on.

I suggest seeking a tattoo artists with experience if you'd like to get a chest cross stitch tattoo that you don't end up regretting. Your chest, just like your shoulder, is a spot that you always see when you look in the mirror. This is why you should take extra caution when getting a chest tattoo design.

Green and Red Floral Cross Stitch Tattoo on Chest

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The Sword and a Tiger Cross Stitch Tattoo

If you are into tattoo symbolism, you can opt for a sword and tiger cross stitching. Some use this tattoo to display their fierce personality, while others use it to show how courageous they are. This cross stitch pattern features an angry tiger being pierced with a large sword.

Sword and a Tiger Cross Stitch Tattoo

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The cross stitch tattoo is not just a unique tattoo art, it is also filled with memories and love. I'm sure you're no longer skeptical about getting one. Now all you have to do is screenshot your favorite design and set up an appointment.

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