Download & Print

After creating your chart, you can print your chart or download it as a file.


Print chart

To print your chart, click the "Print" button in the menu.

Printing support in the browser is limited. Choose to download your chart to get many more options.


Download chart

To download your chart as a file, click "Download" in the menu.


File type

Stitch Fiddle lets you download your chart as the following file types:

  • svg: SVG vector files gives you the best and sharpest print quality.
  • svgz: Same as SVG, but compressed (smaller file size).
  • png: Image file
  • jpg: Image file
  • gif: Image file
  • pdf: Document
  • eps: Vector file
  • xlsx: Excel file
  • docx: Word file


Publish chart as pattern

To publish your chart, you can download your chart as file and add it to a text document, like Microsoft Word, Open Office or Google Docs.


Legend (key)

The legend (descriptions of the colors and symbols) of your chart can be downloaded as a separate file. If the chart has no legend yet, you can set (or change) it.

At this time, it is not possible to download the legend for free form crochet charts, which becomes available soon.


Grid lines

You can customize the look and feel of the grid lines. In the menu, click "Chart settings", and navigate to the "Grid" tab.

Learn more about this feature on the helppage about the gridlines.


Print quality (DPI)

The resolution (print quality) is expressed in DPI. The abbreviation DPI stands for 'dots per Inch', which is the number of dots within a certain area. The higher the DPI, the higher the print quality. When you work with a professional printing company, you are likely to be asked to supply files of at least 150 or 300 DPI or vector files.

Choose SVG to get the best available print quality.


Multiple pages

Large charts can be split over multiple pages so that the boxes becomes bigger and the numbers are easier to read. The number of pages is between 1 and 16, depending on the size of your chart.

Free form crochet charts are always on one page.


Sizing

For image files, you can choose the image size. By default, the image size is set to "Medium", which scales the image to a width of 1200 pixels.

Small: 600 pixels wide
Medium: 1200 pixels wide
Large: 2000 pixels wide

Choose "Custom" for more options, which lets you enter the image size manually in Inch, mm, cm or pixels. If you enter the image height, the image width is adjusted automatically. If you enter the image width, the image height is adjusted automatically.

For PDF files, you can change the page orientation between landscape or portrait and choose the papersize (Letter or A4).


SVG vector files

Choose SVG to get the best available print quality. The SVG files are fully compatible with Inkscape and Illustrator.

Objects are divided in separate layers, which lets you easily edit your chart.

For freeform crochet charts, the layers are the same as you've created them in Stitch Fiddle.

Grid charts have a fixed number of separate layers:

  • A layer for grouping all the symbols used in your chart
  • A layer for the grid lines
  • A layer for grouping every 5th and 10th highlighted grid line
  • A layer for the lines you have drawn by yourself
  • A layer for the row and column numbers
  • A layer for the legend (description of the color and symbols)

The layer structure lets you easily toggle layers or do further editing.

The texts and fonts can be changed: The row numbers and column numbers, and the legend, are text objects.

The symbols are "symbols" (not a font), which lets you easily exchange the SVG files with other people.


Further editing

Would you like to do further editing of your chart outside Stitch Fiddle? Download your chart as SVG file and edit it in Inkscape or Illustrator. It's also possible to download color charts as Excel file.


Download time

Small charts are usually downloaded within less than a second.

Large charts, especially when you've split them across multiple pages or using high print quality (DPI), can take up to a 1.5 minutes to generate the files. After all, more data must be processed. This depends, of course, on the chosen configuration.


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This page was last updated August 31, 2017.