- contains 6 True Type fonts
- contains over 350 different symbols
- can be used in many software applications including Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, iWork, Illustrator, InDesign and Scribus.
- contains support for basic stitches, cables, brioche, Estonian knitting and twined knitting.
- can be used to create knitting charts for personal or commercial use.
Note: a ‘feature’ of Excel means that it adds some padding to cells so that symbols do not abut exactly onto the edges of a cell. for most symbols this does not matter. However it does make it difficult, if not impossible to format the cells so that the cable symbols in the fonts Stitchmastery DotCableEH and DashCableEH look good. If you wish to chart cables using these fonts it is recommended that you avoid Excel for those charts and use an alternative such as OpenOffice. This is an issue with Excel only and not the fonts which do work very well in other software.
The StitchMastery Knitting Fonts Collection contains six True Type fonts for use in both knitting charts and written instructions.
It contains an impressive array of over 350 symbols for covering a wide range of charting styles.
As well as a large number of the most commonly used symbols, the font collection contains symbols for cables, Estonian stitches, twined knitting and brioche stitches.
Symbols for binding off, short rows, knitting and purling into the row below, bobbles, increases, decreases, elongated stitches, ‘clustered’ and ‘bind off stitches’ have not been forgotten and, in many cases, several variations of each are provided. The support for cables is impressive. As well as symbols for all of the common cables, cable symbols for twisted stitch cables, cables on purl backgrounds, three-way cables and reverse cables are included.
To provide for those situations where an unusual cable or stitch combination needs to be charted, two of the fonts are ‘building block’ fonts. This means that they contain symbols that fit together to build more complex stitches. This is particularly useful for cables but can also be used to chart clustered stitches, ‘bind-off’ stitches and brioche knitting.
These stitches can then be ‘decorated’ with symbols that represent purl, knit, yarn over etc. to create an endless possibility of complex stitches. The decoration symbols include knit, purl, many common increase and decrease stitches, brioche and twisted stitches.
Symbols are organised into families so that switching from one charting convention to another is as easy as changing the font. Conventions supported are the ‘dash’ family (purl as a horizontal dash, knit as a vertical) and the ‘dot’ family (purl as a dot, knit as a space).
Brioche stitches are designed to fit together vertically as well as horizontally when needed.
Brioche cables are included in the ‘building block’ fonts so that complex brioche cables can be charted. An extensive collection of brioche variants of decreases, increases and twisted stitches are also available.
Twined knitting (tvåändsstickning) is rarely supported by knitting fonts and software but is a technique that deserves to be more widely known and used. I am very happy to include two sets of symbols that can be used to chart the specialist stitches involved in this technique. The symbols included are very flexible and can be used to chart not only single colour twined knitting but also two or even more colours. Latvian braiding can also be charted with these symbols. The ‘decoration’ symbols in the StitchMastery fonts means that twined knitting charts can also include increases and decreases. I am grateful to Mairi McKissock for her help and expert knowledge in developing these symbols.
Estonian knitting has become very popular in recent years. Yet many of the unique stitches that are such an integral part of Estonian knitting are not represented in the knitting fonts currently available.
A wide array of Estonian stitches are included in the StitchMastery Knitting Font Collection of which a small sample is shown opposite. The images show just a fraction of the symbols that are available in the fonts.
Although the fonts are vector fonts, most browsers do not yet display vector images. Hence the images displayed here are simple screen shots of sample charts. The charts are created in OpenOffice Calc, an open source application that is available for free from here. Individuals and independent designers may use use the font collections to develop knitting charts for personal or commercial use without royalty payments to the font designer. Software publishers should contact StitchMastery at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about license terms.
The full documentation for these fonts is now available online and can be viewed here;-
Using the StitchMastery Fonts.pdf – start off with this one.
The End User Licence Agreement for the Knitting Fonts Collection can be viewed here.