Monday, January 10, 2011
The ABC of knitting alphabets
But now I'm starting to get tired of just sleeping and thought I'd share my way of creating knitting patternings from alphabets and simple pictures. In it's simplicity it's sheer genious.
You'll be needing MS Paint and Excel (or similar). Easy as A B C..
Open Paint and look for a font you'd like to use. Note that you can manually change the font size to be bigger than font sizes offered on the drop down menu, just type in 150 for example for massive big letters. I used the font AR JULIAN, bold, font size 200 in a lovely shade of green.
Next go to Excel and create a chart that matches the amount of rows and stitches you want for your patterning. You can see the amount of cells selected in the field circled with red here. I wanted my patterning to be for 28 rows and 21 stitches. Select and copy the chart and paste it to Paint next to your letter.
Resize the letter to match your chart.
Now move the chart on top of the letter and remember to select see-through option.
Go through the outlines of your letter. Check all the cells that are mainly covered with your contrast colour already (in this case green) and fill in the remaining parts of the cells with the same contrast colour using the "bucket tool". For all the cells that are mainly in the white area use the same function or the eraser tool to erase any left over bits of the contrast colour leaving them white as the background.
After doing this you can still see the outlines of the letter (here in yellow and blue) and if they really bug you, you can zoom in on the picture and erase them away. Your chart is ready for you to start knitting!
Now I'm off to bed. Hoping to be well enough to do a bit of knitting tomorrow and maybe share a new pattern with some ABC's involved..
Posted by Sini H at 19:17