"Curly Q's" Alphabet 22
Cross Stitch Chart

Our "Curly Q's" Alphabet 22 has been one of our most popular and most downloaded designs.

It combines a certain wimsy with that old times appearance that you might find on a sampler from the 1800's.

One of the more fanciful letter sets, this design remains very readable.

By simply changing the color of the floss, it becomes a fun way to dress up any holiday project.

Click here for a printable PDF pattern for the "Curly Q's" Alphabet. A new window (or tab) will open so you can keep your place here.

Cross Stitch Alphabet 22 Design Specs

When stitched on 14-count evenweave fabric using DMC floss, use:

  • 2 strands for cross stitches
  • 1 strand for backstitches

Description: Block letters, standard/straight

Characters Included:

  • Upper Case Letters
  • Lower Case Letters
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation


  • The upper case letters are 13 stitches high
  • The lower case letters without ascenders or descenders (ex: a, c, o) are 7 stitches high
  • The lower case letters with only ascenders (ex: b, d, h) or only descenders, (ex: g, p, y) are 13 stitches high
  • The lower case "j", with descender and a dot above, is 19 stitches high


These letters have varying widths. Most of the upper case letters range from 8 to 11 stitches high, with M maxing out at 15. The majority of the lower case letters are 5 to 7 stitches wide.

Stitch Complexity:

If you are unfamiliar with any of the stitches, follow the instructions and diagrams by clicking on the links above.


You can change the floss color to reflect your tastes and to coordinate with your existing cross stitch project. Use the same number of strands that you are using throughout the rest of your pattern.

If using fabric with a different thread count, you may need to adjust the number of strands of floss you'll use. To help you decide, check out our tutorial on "Floss Coverage".

How to Fit Text into a Design

Learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabet patterns by clicking on "Alphabet 123s.

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