I’ve really been into making crochet charts to accompany my PDF patterns lately, but unfortunately I have been having to make them up manually, symbol by symbol on Gimp. It’s tiresome work – cutting, copying, pasting and rotating each symbol by hand. I have grown to hat chart making!
But luckily yesterday I stumbled upon a fab FREE downloadable crochet chart program – Crochet Charts by Stitch Works Software!
I have seen this program previously online, but you used to have to pay for it plus the creator hadn’t been around for a few years, so I decided to give it a miss. But there was apparently an update in September of this year saying the creator was back, and collaborating with other people to bring the software up to date, and also available as Open Source! Yay!
It has virtually cut my chart making time down by over a quarter – it’s so simple to use and makes beautiful charts, complete with written instructions and stitch legends too.
Here is a screenshot of the first chart I worked on…
It’s for my up coming Mod Cushion Cover PDF – should be listing it later this week, so keep an eye out for it! 🙂
I would definitely recommend this software for any crochet designers out there that are looking for an easy, time effective way of making crochet charts of their patterns. I know not a lot of people can read crochet charts – they seem to have been replaced by written instructions in recent years – but I think they add a little extra something to PDF patterns, and means they can reach more people 🙂
If you would like to download the software for yourself, it is available for FREE here.
It is also available as a Google Download for both Windows and OS X on the Revelry forum, here.
Hope you are having a nice week – and happy chart making! 😀