Do you love using knitting charts? Or perhaps you have tried them and find them difficult to read? Or are charts a tool that you are not familiar with and would like to know more?
As the developer of Stitchmastery, a software tool that is used to create knitting charts, I am familiar with the many advantages and disadvanges of charts.
A well-written chart helps to make sense of a stitch pattern, especially a complicated one. Because the stitch symbols in a chart are placed so that they line up with the stitches of the previous row, they can help a knitter to 'read' their knitting and make it possible to better visualise how a stitch pattern 'works'.
There are drawbacks to charts though. Because they are a visual tool, they rely on symbols to represent each stitch. Some knitters find these symbols easy to understand and process but, for others this can be hard. One strategy commonly used is to highlight stitch symbols with different colours. For example, k2tog symbols could be coloured blue whereas ssk symbols could be green.
Colourwork charts can be hard to use when a knitters chosen colours are different from those in the pattern.
My new mobile app, Knitmastery, aims to overcome these drawbacks and make it easy for knitters to customise charts to suit their needs. Knitmastery will only work with 'smart' charts created with Stitchmastery but there are now many designers working with Stitchmastery and the number is increasing all the time.
Knitmastery will allow knitters to colour stitch symbols if they wish. It can save the colours selected for different stitches and automatically colour them when a new chart is used.
If you are working from a colourwork chart, you can play with the colours until they match your yarn. For a two-colour chart you can easily reverse the colours if you want to knit light on dark rather than dark on light.
Once charts have been customised, Knitmastery will highlight the current row as you knit and save your position. The chart key is always easy to get to so that you are just a tap away from decoding an unfamiliar symbol.
Knitmastery is not yet ready for release but I will be bringing a preview version to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival to demonstrate it. You will find me at the EYF Info Point in the Concourse area when I am not busy shopping.
I would love feedback on the app, particularly on the features that you would most like. Help me make this a great tool for knitters!
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