ooo what a fun few days its been!!!
since February iv been hunting for a design program to help with charting my patterns. now the are loads of really good programs out there, but i came up against 3 stumbling blocks
1. The Price
All have been coming in around the $200 this was waaaaaay out of my price range
2. Ease of Use
what the designers of some of these programs seem to forget is that either some people arnt that savvy with computers or most importantly we DONT ALL HAVE DEGREES IN ROCKET SCIENCE!!!!!!
3. Not Notebook compatible
i was finding that the older programs were not compatible with using on a notebook. Any pattern longer than about 12 rows and you couldn’t scroll down to the lower rows to design them.
Well my search came to an end this week when i discovered Envisioknit
It soo simple to use decide how many rows, stitches you want and it draws the basic chart for you. Click on the drop down menu on the right to select what stitch you want, then on the tools at the top to determined the way you want to enter the stitch on to the chart. then just click away changing stitches as you want. the option of basic stitches is huge cables, bobbles, texture stitches, increases and decreases, even cast on and cast off can bee added. Should you find there isnt a stitch you want then you just go in to the custom stitch option and design your own!
you can then export it to a word document where it has the chart, the legend, the stitch glossary and my favourite bit… The written instructions for the chart!!!
more into fair isle? no problem, instead of different stitches you can have different colour yarns, you can name the yarns and alter the colours and this will come out in the written instructions and the legend.
This program fixed all 3 of the problems i had had come across with other programs, reasonable price, easy to use, and totally viewable on my notebook.
I’d like to thank the designer of this program she is a total goddess, and as a bonus she is a real person that listens to the people that use her program. listening to what we think will improve the program for future users. All to often once the program is out the the developer doesn’t really care to much as to what the real people using the program thinks.
i have found this a totally pleasant experience and if you are a designer or even if you prefer to work from charts and the pattern is only in written form, this is a definite must have.
Click on the above link and try it out the FREE demo for yourself.