You can convert a picture into a chart. Choose "Picture" when creating your chart (after choosing your craft and project type).
On the first screen you choose an image. For example, you can upload a photo that you have saved or search the web for an image.
The image must be a .jpg, .gif or .png file.
A picture with a clear contrast and bright colors gives the best result.
After uploading your file you'll see an example of your chart.
The size of your chart is based on the number of columns and rows. The maximum size is 300 x 300.
The final size of your project depends on a variety of factors: which yarn you use, which needles you use, your tension and how loose or tight you work. Based on the gauge proportions, you can calculate the final size of your project. Read more
The image usually has a different aspect ratio than the number of columns and rows you entered.
By default, the number of rows or columns is lowered from the size you've specified. The number of stitches is the "maximum" number of stitches by default, to make sure your images fits within the given range.
If you'd like to have the exact number of stitches, you can adjust the cut setting. Its default value is "shorten", but you can change it to "crop" or "fill" depending on how you'd like to handle it.
You can specify how to capture this difference as follows:
Shorten: The number of columns and rows you entered is used as the maximum number for creating your chart. The actual number is likely to be lower, but all parts of the image are used. The actual number of columns and rows is displayed at the right side of the cutting options.
Crop: The image is zoomed in. The edges are cut off. This eliminates two edges of the image, to create your chart with the exact number of columns and rows specified.
Fill: The chart is created with the exact number of columns and rows you specified. The remaining space is filled with white color.
The gauge proportions indicates the shape of the boxes. If the stitches are not exactly square, your final project may become a bit distorted, which results in a 'stretched' image.
The gauge proportions can be set when you have chosen knitting or crochet. For crochet, the boxes are squares by default. For knitting, the default gauge is set to 18/24 (rectangular boxes).
Read here how to determine your gauge proportions.
After uploading your image, you can rotate your image by clicking the rotate button at the top/left corner of your screen.
You can specify the number of different colors you'd like to use in your project.
The colors are automatically selected based on your image. Later on this year, it becomes possible to select the colors by yourself. Of course, after opening your chart, you can always customize the colors yourself.
After opening your chart, you can edit and customize it. Often, details are not yet finished, which you can adjust per box.
You can also customize the colors or add symbols when two colors look similar.
Totally satisfied with your chart? After you've brought the necessary materials to your home you can start! Export your chart as a PDF file so you can print it, or use the built-in row counter to keep track your progress from your computer or tablet.
Some settings described on this page are not available on devices with a small screen (smartphones), because of the lack of space. Use a tablet or laptop/computer instead when you need the advanced features.
Start now designing your own first pattern!
This page was last updated September 24, 2017.