Quest: a needlework chart for any craft that uses them

The random number generator picked quest from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Catnach, one of my Patreon supporters.

I usually develop a complicated knitting stitch pattern for each word, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

depiction of how Quest needlework might look as stranded knitting
Chart using dark and light squares to show how to work Quest needlework
  • Quest has a repeat of 6 + 1 columns and 16 + 1 rows.
  • The written instructions below are formatted for stranded knitting, but it is my hope that they could be translated into instructions for other crafts. For instance, if working filet crochet, 1 A could be one open square and 2 B could be two filled-in squares.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns (no need to ask). I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
  • My blog posts and free stitch patterns are supported by subscriptions on Patreon or donations to my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. If you appreciate my work, please consider helping out. Thanks!

Round 1: knit as follows; *3 A, 1 B, 2 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 2: knit as follows; *2 A, 3 B, 1 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 3: knit as follows; *2 A, 1 B, 1 A, 1 B, 1 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 4: knit as follows; *2 B, 3 A, 1 B; work from *, 1 B.

Round 5: knit as follows; *1 B, 2 A, 1 B, 2 A; work from *, 1 B.

Round 6: knit as follows; *1 A, 5 B; work from *, 1 A.

Round 7: knit as follows; *1 A, 1 B, 3 A, 1 B; work from *, 1 A.

Round 8: knit as follows; *1 B, 2 A, 1 B, 2 A; work from *, 1 B.

Round 9: knit as follows; *2 A, 1 B, 1 A, 1 B, 1 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 10: knit as follows; *1 B, 2 A, 1 B, 2 A; work from *, 1 B.

Round 11: knit as follows; *1 A, 1 B, 3 A, 1 B; work from *, 1 A.

Round 12: knit as follows; *1 A, 5 B; work from *, 1 A.

Round 13: knit as follows; *1 B, 2 A, 1 B, 2 A; work from *, 1 B.

Round 14: knit as follows; *2 B, 3 A, 1 B; work from *, 1 B.

Round 15: knit as follows; *2 A, 1 B, 1 A, 1 B, 1 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 16: knit as follows; *2 A, 3 B, 1 A; work from *, 1 A.

Repeat rounds 1- 16 as desired, ending with round 17.

Round 17: knit as follows; *3 A, 1 B, 2 A; work from *, 1 A.

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