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Migrating User Stitch Libraries from V2 to V3, and Opening V2 charts in V3

In this video we explore migrating user stitch libraries from Stitchmastery Version 2 into Version 3, and also look at what happens when you open a Version 2 chart in Version 3. Firstly, we will look at where our Version 2 user stitch libraries will appear when we open Version 3 for the first time.Continue Reading

“Charting Smocking Patterns” — guest post by Karen Butler

We’re delighted to bring you a guest post from designer and tech editor Karen Butler all about using Stitchmastery to customise stitches when chart smocking patterns. We hope you find it useful and inspiring for the start of a new year! UPDATE April 2018 – Stitchmastery Version 3 has been released and features new toolsContinue Reading

“Moving the Goalposts Part 2” – guest post by Kate Atherley

In my last column I talked about repeats with shifting borders. In this one, I want to focus on a very special case of that situation – repeats worked in the round where they cross over the start of the round. I love designing socks with all-over cables. And in particular it pleases me immenselyContinue Reading

Photographing Knitwear – guest blog by Katie Blair Matthews

If you follow our blog/social media accounts for Knitmastery you may have seen this post there. When we received the article from Katie we realised it could be equally useful for designers taking photos for their patterns so with permission from Katie we are sharing it here too. Enjoy! Hello, I am Katie Blair MatthewsContinue Reading

Where did my file go? And other common questions

We quite often hear from people that they’ve lost their files, or they can’t open them again after exporting. We thought it might be useful to go through the various file types involved with Stitchmastery and some handy hints for saving, locating and using them. .knt2 files These are your active working chart files. TheyContinue Reading

“Moving the Goalposts” – guest post by Kate Atherley

Not all repeats are tidy. I love complicated cable patterns that create all-over cabled fabrics, but there can be some “jiggery pokery” required at the edges of the repeats, to create a seamless effect. For example, look at this cable pattern, taken from Barbara Walker’s book of Charted Knitting Patterns (the yellow one!). Across 28Continue Reading

“There’s Nothing There!” – guest post by Kate Atherley

Stitch patterns with changing stitch counts are probably the most challenging to chart. Stitchmastery offers a flexible tool for handling non-existing stitches: there’s a choice of two symbols (found in the Basic Stitches drawer) – three, really, in that you can actually just have them not there at all. When representing these, there are aContinue Reading

“The Other Side” – guest post by Kate Atherley

A common question when creating charts for complex lace patterns is what to do about the Wrong Side rows. This gets particularly pressing if the chart is worked mostly in garter stitch, as you’re working the same stitches on both sides… so is there a way to simplify the charts to use the same symbolContinue Reading

Annotating repeats – tutorial from Joeli Kelly

Today we have a guest tutorial from Joeli Kelly of www.thewoollyhub.com Today I’m going to show you how to annotate a repeat on the chart. If you don’t know what that means, I’m talking about little numbers that you can put on the chart to represent how many stitches are in long stretches of repeats.Continue Reading

“On Writing Instructions for Using Charts” – guest post by Kate Atherley

As I mentioned in my first column, it’s most knitter-friendly to, where possible, include both written and charted instructions for stitch patterns, when you’re writing up your pattern for publication. But you can’t just paste them both into your pattern, you’ve got to make sure that you’re instructing knitters how to use them. It’s noContinue Reading