"Curly Q's"
Cross Stitch Alphabet 22

Our "Curly Q's" Alphabet 22 is one of our most popular and most downloaded alphabet patterns.

As a designer, creating decorative cross stitch alphabets can be a challenge. Everyone starts with the same 26 letters, and each of those letters has to be identifiable. If you are only stitching a person's initials, a short name, or a brief, familiar saying, you can be more flexible. However, if your cross stitch words "are" the design, you must use readable letters. Usually, that translates into the more simple and basic letter shapes.

Not so with Alphabet 22. Curly Q's cross stitch design combines a certain whimsy with that old time appearance that you might find on a sampler from the 1800's. Change the floss to red or green for Christmas, shades of pink for Valentine's Day, and see the letters "become" the holiday.

I know you'll find lots of uses for this fun cross stitch letter set!

Click here for a printable PDF pattern for the "Curly Q's" Alphabet.
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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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