December 16th, 2007


Free web tools for intarsia

Ever wanted to take a certain favorite actor's photo and put it on a knitted messenger bag? Or make a baby cardigan with a monkey or fairy on it? Designing intarsia patterns can be tedious - but having these tools helps save some time. Even simple name initials can be tricky to design.

I wish I'd known about this one a few weeks ago when I was designing for the intarsia contest. microRevolt's knitPro web tool allows you to upload an image, and it generates a colored-in grid pattern for you to use in knit, crochet, needlepoint or cross-stitch patterns.

You can't input row/stitch gauge, so I wonder how it figures row gauge. I think it would be useful for printing out and taking with you to the LYS when you pick out yarn colors.  I wonder how sensitive it is - say you scan a hand-drawn image and plunk that in. Does it pick up your erase marks, scanner speckles, etc? You may have to clean up the image first before uploading it.

ABC's of Knitting - Actual Size Graph Paper. This site has been around for years, and it so so useful. Type in the row and stitch gauge and it generates PDF graph paper. You can change the scale to have fewer or more squares. You can print out the PDF or open it in a graphics program and fill in the individual boxes with color using a Paint Bucket tool.

Welcome dog pattern notes

The welcome dog amigurumi pattern available for free from the Gosyo yarn company website, which is written in Japanese. Here are my notes about the pattern. I'll post a photo of my completed dog tomorrow.

Pattern web page with color photos

Additional web page with color photos
English translation of pattern web page

Direct download of pattern pdf (B&W illustrated, no photos)

(For some reason, the pdf reads as a single huge page on my Mac, so I split the page into 4 pages using Crop function in Preview.)

I do not read Japanese. This is my interpretation of what the instructions mean.
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