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Tatjana
Chatty Knitter

Germany
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Posted - 08/01/2006 :  04:44:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tatjana's Homepage Send Tatjana a Private Message
Obviously writing up a pattern often includes drawing up a chart for cables or lace or colourwork. What do you use to do this? Do you use specific software, just regular word processing software, or do you draw it out by hand and scan? What do you find works well?

I just drew up my first chart by making a table in Word, but of course it doesn't include knitting symbols so for some stitches I just picked something that looked appropriate.

I would really appreciate your thoughts on this.

thanks, tatjana

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Atavistic
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Posted - 08/01/2006 :  04:59:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
There are downloadable knitting fronts through xrx but they're hard to find. It takes some website searching.

I like Excel, personally. I'm currently designing a baby jacket and I'm graphing the back motif using Excel.

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kjtendyke
Chatty Knitter

USA
216 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2006 :  06:06:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit kjtendyke's Homepage Send kjtendyke a Private Message
I use Adobe Illustrator. I'm not sure how user friendly that would be to someone who hasn't had a lot of experience with it though. It's not a simple program to learn, but it allows me to create my own symbols and everything from scratch so I can make them look exactly how I want them. If you have some money for the program, and the patience to figure it out it's totally worth it.

~Kristen~ [img]http://kristentendyke.com/images/turtle.gif[/img]

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Calamintha
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Posted - 08/01/2006 :  10:14:02 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
I have Stitch and Motif Maker on my wish list for this very purpose. I downloaded the demo and really liked it better than the free fonts available.

Of the free fonts, there is the Aire River Design Font and the Knitters Magazine Knitter's Symbols Font

I have tried them all and liked the Stitch & Motif Maker best. But try them all and see which one you prefer.
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Tangled Jane
Seriously Hooked

Canada
750 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2006 :  10:34:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tangled Jane's Homepage Send Tangled Jane a Private Message
I use Stitch & Motif Maker though for schematics for wraps, I draw my own. Certain shapes just can't be easily executed in S&MM so I resort to hand-drawing.
Jane
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Tatjana
Chatty Knitter

Germany
115 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2006 :  01:40:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tatjana's Homepage Send Tatjana a Private Message
Thanks so much for the help! Just to be practical, I'll see how I manage with the free font options for now, because I don't know how far things will develop yet. But I can imagine Illustrator would be good not only for charts, but also garment diagrams, which is another thing I'm not happy with. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so even when providing a free pattern on my own site, I would like to be able to make it look professional. At any rate, it's good practice for when I submit my work somewhere :)

Anyway, it's great to have you all here to discuss things like this. You guys rock!! :D

tatjana

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kjtendyke
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USA
216 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2006 :  04:22:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit kjtendyke's Homepage Send kjtendyke a Private Message
Yes, Illustrator is also good for drawing up schematics. There's a grid you can use to get it to the same perportion as the final garment, which is really helpful in visualizing what it will come out like.

~Kristen~ [img]http://kristentendyke.com/images/turtle.gif[/img]

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Inkmama
Seriously Hooked

891 Posts

Posted - 09/16/2006 :  07:39:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message
I've been working with Word a little bit (by creating a table) and find it easy to create the chart but cannot figure out how to get it to number up the side. Anyone able to do this?

Barbara

Writing blog: http://penonfire.blogspot.com

Knitting blog: http://knittingonfire.blogspot.com
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achrisvet
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USA
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Posted - 09/16/2006 :  6:12:57 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
Can you just include an extra column in the table and type the numbers in it? Maybe make them bold?

A lot of people use Excel. There's a Yahoo group devoted to charting lace and in their fiels they have an Excel template with the Aire River font.

Anita
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Inkmama
Seriously Hooked

891 Posts

Posted - 09/16/2006 :  8:31:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message
Yep, Anita, that's what I think I'll have to do..... I charted in Excel but I can't seem to screen the colors and the lines/individual cells disappear. And there doesn't seem to be any Mac-friendly software, not that I know of....

Thanks,
Barbara

Writing blog: http://penonfire.blogspot.com

Knitting blog: http://knittingonfire.blogspot.com
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