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This pattern is the Babel Fish entry from Douglas Adams’ ‘The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy’, inspired by Rod Lord’s animations for the 1981 BBC television adaptation.

*** This listing is for a cross stitch pattern via instant download, not for the completed sampler ***

Some people may love the movie, some may prefer the books or the radio series, but my heart (of gold) belongs to the TV series version of HHGTTG. Ford and Arthur were two of the very first peg people I ever made and when I started cross stitching from my own patterns, the Babel Fish was the first thing I ever created :)

“Meanwhile the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different cultures and races, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”


Fabric: 14 count Aida (black)
Grid Size: 134W x 100H
Design Area: 8.14" x 5.57" (114 x 78 stitches)
Frame: The third picture shows the design framed in a 20 x 25 cm frame – it’s a Ribba from Ikea :)

The pattern includes thread numbers for DMC and Anchor.

No fancy stitches or french knots here - just standard cross stitches and back stitch.

This is an instant download PDF pattern. Once your payment has been received, the pattern will be available to download from your Etsy downloads page or though https://www.etsy.com/your/purchases/

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If you’d prefer to buy everything you need to create this design in one easy step, the kit version is available here - https://www.etsy.com/listing/216870877/babel-fish-cross-stitch-kit-hitchhikers

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Babel Fish cross stitch pattern Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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