The other day I needed a way to quickly and easily draw a chart for a crochet pattern. After a little trial and error with various programs, I found that what I really wanted was an svg (vector graphic) editor, like Adobe Illustrator. Unfortunately, I don’t have Illustrator, and the price tag and features are a little too much for my needs.
Searching for an alternative, I found an open source program called Inkscape, and it worked beautifully! The program was very intuitive, and I was able to create the chart I needed in about 20 minutes. I first drew a small “stitch library” of the stitches I needed, and then cut and pasted them into a new file to create the chart I needed. The grid view made it super easy to draw the stitches with the appropriate proportions, and to make them line up nicely in the chart.
When I told some of my friends, they asked me to make a tutorial – so I did! It’s a two-part, Youtube video, and there is no sound so don’t worry about volume. This is my first ever video tutorial, so I hope it works well with you and you find it useful!
IMPORTANT – for the best viewing experience, be sure to expand the video to full screen, and view at the full, 1080p hd resolution. To set the resolution, just click on the little gear shaped settings icon in the bottom right corner of the screen, as shown here:
Is the embedded video not working? Click here to view it on Youtube.
I have not tried to do a circular chart with this program. I think that might be more difficult, and other software may be a better solution for that.