5 best Windows 10 knitting design software for DIY fans
Writing about Windows 10 software is a great job. There are many types of software out there, so it’s a job that is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge. However, once in awhile, there comes along a request that makes even the most dedicated software reviewer stop in their tracks, and writing about the best Windows 10 knitting design software must rank up there with some of the best.
Still, this reviewer is never one to shirk from a challenge so, after much research, here is my selection of five of the best knitting design software on the market today.
Knit Design Studio
Knit Design Studio is a great bit of software for all of you keen knitters out there. Like many of the knitting design software featured here, it can make graphs for many usual and not-so-usual knitting operations. However, it can also be used for graphing lace patterns and cables.
When you have finished, you will have a graph that includes all of the operations, plus you can also include any special instructions you may need to complete your project. And, of course, you are able to save all your graphs for future use.
There is also a very nice set of help files to help you understand how to use the program, which are included in the downloaded program.
As a bonus, this is a free program, so you can download it knowing that if it turns out not to be a good fit for you, you have not wasted any money.
First of all, SweaterMaker is a program for machine knitters, so if you are like my mum and do all your knitting by hand, this is not for you. However, you may be able to use the graphs to knit your sweaters, although this is not guaranteed. Plus, this is a paid-program so if you are a hand-knitter, this is probably not for you.
Also, SweaterMaker works best when you print out the charts and use them while you are sat at your knitting machine. If you don’t have a printer, you will need to think about buying one. Printers are not expensive anymore (although ink still is), but it is still something worth considering.
SweaterMaker does say that you may be able to use a tablet if you have one, but it sounded a bit half-hearted to me, so I don’t think they think it’s a good compromise.
This is a good program if you have a knitting machine, a printer, and you can afford the $39 to download the program. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for, and this is well worth the price.
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Knitting Wizard comes from black cat systems and helps you create perfect graphs without the annoyance of making mistakes when manually transferring your designs to graph paper.
Knitting Wizard lets you:
- control the number of stitches and rows
- select from any paper paper size or create your own size of paper
- print out row and stitch numbers if you want
- make your marker lines to make diagrams easier to read
- save charts as PDFs to print as and when you want.
Like SweaterMaker above, this is a paid-program. Unlike SweaterMaker, it does not have a money-back guarantee as far as I could see. However, you can try it before you buy it to, so make sure you do to see if it is the type of program you are looking for.
The penultimate piece of software in this review comes from KnitBird, and it comes at a price of $59, making it our second most expensive knitting design software. It is also built on Adobe Air, so it doesn’t matter if you have a Windows PC or Mac; it will work equally well on both.
Although the website is much more appealing than the others we have seen so far, there is a definite lack of content. The knitting design software seems to do the same as all the others, but there is not much information to tell us how to do the things it does.
Of course, there are instructions included in the program, but putting the instructions on the website as well would not take any effort and may well encourage more people to download it.
Finally, our last offering comes from EnvisioKnit and is without doubt the most advanced software on this list. Like KnitBird, it also has a very nice website with everything you need to use the knitting design software.
Having said that, although I was quite excited (yes, really!) to see a ‘Videos’ tab in the main menu, I was disappointed to see there was only one video available. Considering that the video was uploaded to YouTube in 2011, I felt a little underwhelmed, especially as the knitting design software costs $99.
However, as I said, this program does a great deal more than the rest, and I think the price is a fair reflection of that. It does have a great deal of options for you to play with, including a way to see which colours work best for your designs. It also has a try before you buy option and dedicated support, which is a big bonus.
Wrapping it all up
I have to be honest, when I was given this assignment, I was a bit ‘meh’ about it. As it turned out, it was much more interesting than I thought it would be. Who would have believed that knitting design software would be as popular as it is? I know I didn’t.
Having said that, I only included five knitting design software programs and I chose those five based not only on how good they are but also on their wide range of budgets – from free to $99.
Hand on heart, if I were going to recommend one, I would go with the most expensive one as it seems to pack the most punch for its price, plus you get support and a 90-day money back guarantee. However, you need to think about what your specific needs are decide accordingly.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you are a knitting design software enthusiast and have some thoughts about any of the above, please let us know in the comments below.
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