Dolphins Swimming, Playful Porpoises, Underwater Fun, Ocean's Darlings, Beloved Aquatic Mammals Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Dolphins Swimming, Playful Porpoises, Underwater Fun, Ocean's Darlings, Beloved Aquatic Mammals Counted Cross Stitch Pattern



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Nothing is as playful as a pod of porpoises!

Original artwork by Dorothy A. Zwierz

Tech Specs:
Difficulty level: If you can count, you can stitch it! Don't believe me? Email me and we'll talk.

Pattern Size:
201 stitches (W) X 201 stitches (H)

Pattern Dimensions only:
11 count Aida – 18.2 inches (W) X 18.2 inches (H)
14 count Aida – 14.3 inches (W) X 14.3 inches (H)
18 count Aida – 11.1 inches (W) X 11.1 inches (H)

Be sure to add additional inches to both width and height for final cut of fabric. The above dimensions are strictly the size of the stitched pattern.

133 Total DMC colors used


Although it is listed as 133 DMC colors, quite a few of them do not need a lot of floss. You probably have enough in remnants from other projects to use in this one. The symbol guide in the booklet has the number of stitches need. Here’s the breakdown:

• 39 colors have less than 50 stitches
• 15 colors have between 51 and 100 stitches
• 30 colors have between 101 and 200 stitches
• 22 colors have between 201 and 500 stitches
• 16 colors have between 501 and 1000 stitches
• 11 colors have over 1000 stitches

You can choose from regular format color chart booklet (ends in RC) or regular format black and white chart booklet (ends in RBW).

Large format charts are available on request. Just drop me a message!

Download pattern includes chart, floss listing and thread sorter pages. Also included is an estimated length PDF for the 3 listed sizes. I've also included the story below so that you can keep it with your pattern.


**Please note this pattern is for personal use only.
***Please do not copy, redistribute or re-sell this pattern in any format.
****Please do not use the story on this page in any form without express written permission.

The Inspiration:

Six little dolphins swimming in the sea,
frolicking and happy as can be.

The eldest chirped and squealed,
“Follow me…follow me…”

They leapt and surfaced.
They twisted and twirled.

They dove deep.
They reeled and swirled.

They chittered and squeaked
in such utter joyfulness.

Don’t you wish you could join them
in their exuberant happiness?

If you've gotten this far...I hope this has inspired you!

Thank you for looking and reading!

Have a great day!

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Sharon McLaughlin May 29, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Dorothy, I was getting ready for bed and decided to check my emails.....and there you were with the finished product. You made me cry.........I am 73 yrs old and have been cross stitching for over 40 years and never, I mean never have I ever seen a pattern so clearly printed, clearly stated, soooooo professionally done, so beautifully explained as what you just provided............I have no words..............thank you is not good enough. What you went through to produce this for me, I don't have the words to express my gratitude. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The finished product is going to a well deserved police officer at Christmas time. As I wipe the tears, I smile because I met someone like you. You are awesome! Thank you for being YOU! Sharon McLaughlin

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valimp Mar 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love this design for a pillow. I also wanted rustic but soft. The seller has been the best to communicate with. I asked her so many questions, but yet she was always happy, gracious and helpful! Started this. Not an easy pattern, but the detail will be so worth it.

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Caroline Jul 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great pattern, gotta love the instant delivery of PDF files! I was looking for a cross stitch pattern to feed my crafting and guitar addiction and this one is beautiful!

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Debbie Pearson Oct 21, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I did not expect this design to be so large! This will be a great challenge to work.

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