My second Aro Week arrow pattern post features patterns for aromantic-spectrum flags with uneven stripe counts or non-stripe elements like crosses, spikes and triangles. Most of these patterns aren’t exact representations of their respective flags, as I am constrained by cross stitch’s pixellated nature as well as the width and angled slope of the arrow fletching. I hope, however, that these patterns come close enough that aegoromantic, apothiromantic and demiromantic folks feel included in this series.
Folks who need help with materials, stitching, finishing or attaching patches should check out my tutorial master page.
Notes on Pattern Structure
Full coloured blocks indicate a full cross stitch. Letter outlines indicate backstitch.
Blocks divided on the diagonal by a line of backstitch, each half a different colour, indicate quarter stitches. Please see my first text tutorial and my pride text tutorial for more information on backstitching outlines and placing quarter/fractional stitches.
Space for edging your patch is not shown in the patterns below. You’ll need to allow additional blocks for this when cutting your swatch, depending on how narrow or thick you like your edges.
Dimensions and Modifications
All arrow patterns fit a rectangle 63 stitches wide and 17 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 66 x 20 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).
If you’d like to omit the background and stitch your edging directly around the arrow to make a shaped patch, you’ll need a rectangle 63 stitches wide and 16 stitches high plus excess (presuming the same border width). My pride hearts patch tutorial contains a photographic breakdown on buttonhole stitching around a curved or irregular shape!
Please see my original arrow patch tutorial for a guide to background modifications and the stitching process.
Patterns: Uneven Stripes and Other Flag Elements
I have two arrows available: one with a plain shaft, the other with a binding that matches the fletching. Please note that while these patterns depict the aromantic-spectrum variant of their respective identity category (like aegoromantic), they can be used for other a-spectrum identities (like aegosexual or aegoplatonic) by swapping the colours.
Ay or Greyromantic
Demi or Dello (Triangle)
These arrows can also be made in the dual-fletching style. For aego, apothi, caed, caligo, jump and spike patterns, however, this means omitting half the flag. This may impact your flag’s ability to be recognised.
The fletching can be swapped with the horizontal stripe patterns as follows:
- Aego: four or eight stripes
- Apothi: three or five stripes
- Ay/Greyro: three or five stripes
- Caed: three or five stripes
- Caligo: four or eight stripes
- Demi/Dello (Triangle): three or five stripes
- Demi (Diamond/Rhombus): four or eight stripes
- Jump: three or five stripes
- Priori Aro: three or five stripes
- Spike (Stripe): four or eight stripes
- Spike (Spike): three or five stripes
- Vague: four or eight stripes
The bindings can be swapped between all arrow patterns, irrespective of stripe count.
And that’s it for this series! I’m glad to have expanded upon my original patterns, but not all aromantic-spectrum flags are encompassed by even these additions. I’ll be adding missing flags to my list of patterns to make for weekly posting on Patreon, so please check out my monthly pattern collection posts or my patch pattern gallery for future aro arrows!