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Knitting Chart Maker Help

About Knitting Chart Maker

Getting Started with Knitting Chart Maker

How do I...?

Create a new chart?

Save a chart?

Open a previously saved chart?

Delete a Chart?

Find out what stitch a symbol refers to?

Export a chart?

Export a chart as an image?

Export a chart as a written pattern?

Can I add my own symbols?

Can I share the actual chart with someone else so they can edit it?

Can I create charts with varying numbers of stitches per row?

Reference

Symbol Index

About Knitting Chart Maker

Knitting Chart Maker is a handy way to quickly create knitting charts complete with descriptions and notes. You can even convert a chart you’ve made into a written knitting pattern.

Charts can be saved, edited, and you can easily email the chart as an image file that anyone can view and use. You can do the same with the written patterns that Knitting Chart Maker creates.

Getting Started with Knitting Chart Maker

When you launch Knitting Chart Maker the first time, you’ll see a blank chart, 32 stitches wide. To get a closer look at the chart, you can zoom in and out with the “pinch zoom” (press with two fingers and slide them apart or back together. You move the chart around by touching and dragging with one finger--just like you’d expect.

On the left hand side of the screen there’s a menu that runs up and down the screen, with the chart symbols on it. Touch and slide that section up or down to show more symbols.

To use a symbol, tap it and then tap a square on your chart. If you want to remove that symbol while you’re working with it, you can just tap again, or use the Undo icon (the arrow pointing left) on the top menu. If you want to Redo, it’s the arrow facing right. To switch to another symbol, just tap another symbol and tap the square. The new symbol will overwrite what’s in the square.

If you aren’t sure what a symbol means, press and hold the symbol and the stitch name will appear on the screen. Let go and it will dissapear.

If you want to write a lot of symbols one after the other, click the Paintbrush icon on the menu at the top of the screen. Then just sweep your finger across an area. If there’s something there, it will be overwritten. Note that if the same symbol is in a square you are painting over, it will remove it! You can zoom in and out while the paintbrush is selected, but you can’t move the chart around. Just click the paintbrush again to go back to the normal “tap a square” way of adding symbols.

Once you have something you like, you can save it by clicking the Tools icon on the menu. (It looks like a gear.) There are several choices besides Save on the Tools menu; we’ll talk about some of the others later. You will be asked if you want to add a description before saving. Add a friendly name for your work here if you like. You can add additional Notes if you click that in the Tools menu before you save, or you can add notes later and save again.

You can create a New Chart or Open another chart from the Tools menu as well.

So now you have a chart that you like, and you want to share it or use it somewhere else, maybe print it out? Use Export Chart for this. There’s also one of the neatest features of Knitting Chart Maker here in the Export Chart menu--you can convert your chart to a written pattern!

How do I...?

Create a new chart?

Tap on the Tools icon and tap New Chart. You'll be asked to pick the number of rows and columns that you want for the chart. We do have a limit of 40 for the max number of rows and columns in this version.

Save a chart?

Tap on the Tools icon and tap Save. You will be prompted to enter a description before saving. You’ll want to say yes and pick a name and description for your work. You can change these later if you want. You can add notes anytime by tapping the Tools icon and tapping Notes. The next time you save, you’ll be asked again if you want to add a description--don’t worry, if you’ve added one previously, it’s OK to say No at this prompt. Note that you can only save charts with the full version of Knitting Chart Maker

Open a previously saved chart? 

Tap on the Tools icon and tap Open. You will see a screen with all of your saved charts on it. Tap a chart name on the left, and on the right you will see a preview of the chart. The date and time each chart was saved is listed below the chart name. When you’ve selected the chart you want, tap Open (found in the upper right corner of the screen).

Delete a Chart?

On the Tools menu click Open, and the screen showing your charts has a "Delete" button in the upper right. Select the chart you want to delete and tap Delete. A pop-up will ask you if you're sure. If you are, tap Yes. Note that you can't delete the chart you currently have open--it won't appear on the list! So, if you don't want the one you're working on, switch to (open) another chart and then delete the one you don't want from the "Open" screen.

Find out what stitch a symbol refers to?

Simply tap and hold a symbol on the Symbol Scroll-bar and the stitch name will appear in the middle of the chart.

Export a chart?

Export a chart as an image?

Tap Tools and tap Export Chart. Knitting Chart Maker converts your charts to the PNG format. Then select either Save As Image or Mail As Image. Note that you can only Export charts with the full version of Knitting Chart Maker

Export a chart as a written pattern?

Tap Tools and tap Export Chart. Then select either Save as Text or Mail as Text. As with exporting to an Image, converting a chart to a written pattern requires that you purchase the full version of Knitting Chart Maker.

Can I add my own symbols?

No, you can’t add your own symbols in this version of Knitting Chart Maker. If enough of you want a symbol that’s not included, we’ll add that symbol to a future version!

Can I share the chart with someone else so they can edit it?  

Yes! You can share your work by using the pattern export and import features! Export the chart as a pattern, and your friend can import it into Knitting Chart Maker! Then they can edit it! As with export and save, this very powerful feature requires you to purchase Knitting Chart Maker.

Can I create charts with varying numbers of stitches per row? 

No, unless you use some sort of shorthand and use a symbol to represent the missing stitches. (All charts have a set number of columns.) If we make a “Pro” version it might possibly be a feature.

Symbol Index

Right side (odd) / Wrong side (even)

no stitch
k1/p1knit 1 / purl 1
p1/k1 purl 1 / knit 1
k1-b/p1-bknit 1 in back / purl 1 in back
s1wyibslip 1 with yarn in back
s1wyifslip 1 with yarn in front
bobble
k2tog/p2togknit 2 together / purl 2 together
ssk/p2togslip slip knit / purl 2 together
p2tog/k2togpurl 2 together / knit 2 together
p2tog/sskpurl 2 together / slip slip knit
k3tog/p3togknit 3 together / purl 3 together
k3tog-b/p3tog-bknit 3 together through back / purl 3 together through back
p3tog/k3tog purl 3 together / knit 3 together
p3tog-b/k3tog-b purl 3 together through back / knit 3 together through back
s2kp slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over 2 together
sk2p slip 2, knit 2, pass slipped stitch over
yo yarn over
m1 make 1
k1,p1,k1/p1,k1,p1 knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 / purl 1, knit 1, purl 1
k1,yo,k1/p1,yo,p1 knit 1, yarn over, knit 1 / purl 1, yarn over, knit 1
p1,yo,p1/k1,yo,k1 purl 1, yarn over, purl 1 / knit 1, yarn over, knit 1
co cast on
kfb knit front and back in same stitch
s1-k1-psso slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
bo bind off
cf cable front
c3f cable 3 front
c4f cable 4 front
c5fcable 5 front
c6fcable 6 front
cb cable back
c3bcable 3 back
c4b cable 4 back
c5b cable 5 back
c6b cable 6 back
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