You can add markers to columns or rows in your charts to give instruction about recurring bits of your design or different sizes. Simply click on the row or stitch numbers to the right of the chart or below it. In the dialog that appears you can write your instruction and select which row it should appear next to or between which columns. By clicking on the marker you will remove it.


A new feature in KnitBird enables you to create a repeated pattern from your designs. To start, you select a part of your chart and click on the “Create a pattern” button on the selection toolbar.

From the dialog that appears, you can choose from six methods on how to create your pattern. On the right you will see a preview of your pattern so you can play around until you are happy. When your pattern is ready you click the “Insert into chart” button. Note that when you insert your pattern into your chart, everything else will be erased, so it could be a good practice to first create a new chart.


When you make a selection for your chart, you will see a small toolbar appearing next to your selection. From that toolbar, you can transform your selection.

selectiontoolsFrom the selection tools you can flip your selection, rotate, move or create patterns based on the selections. You can also clear the selected area or add it to the library.

utilitiesTo import images into your chart, find the button with the white teddy bear at the bottom left corner of the application window.

Note that you might have to thin about the size of the chart before you import an image file since the image might be too detailed to fit on a small chart.

In the Insert Image window, click the Open file button and find your image file. Once you have open the file, you can adjust the size of the chart that will be produced from it. You can also play with the brightness and contrast and control the number of colors that will be included in the chart.

The Insert image window with an image file open.insertimage

The original image.Untitled-6


The main menu

The main menu is on the top of the application window. It has four items: File, Edit, Library and Help. By clicking on the items, the menu will appear.

File menu

The grid settings

Grid settingsThe grid setting buttons are located at the right side of the application window. From there you can control the grid size, grid colors and the size of the chart you are working on.



Basic toolsThe drawing tools can be found at the left side of the application window. There are four tools visible:

  • The pen/stitch tool
  • The selection tool
  • The color picker
  • The symbols button.

Also, under the buttons is the Lock Symbols button.


To draw, click on the first button with the stitch icon. Then you click on the chart to draw. You can hold the mouse down and move around to draw lines, shapes etc.

By right clicking on the chart you will erase the color/symbol on the stitches you right click on. If you click the Lock symbols button, the symbols will not be affected if you click right click, only the color.

Change colors

Color selectorTo change colors, click on the color buttons. The first button is used to select your drawing color and the second one changes the background color of your chart. In the color selector you can select a color from the color spectrum and on the right side you can adjust the brightness of the selected color. On the bottom of the color selector you will find a list of previously used colors in your chart.

Here is a short guide on how to get started using KnitBird.


If you have purchased KnitBird, click here for information on how to activate it.

The startup screen

When you open the applications, this screen welcomes you. From here you can create a new file, open recently created and opened files or visit KnitBird on the web.

The startup screen

An empty file

To create an empty file, you can click on “File” on the main menu or create it from the Startup Screen. The image below shows an empty file which is ready to be drawn on.

Empty file

The interface

The main menu is on top of the application window. From there you can create new files, open and save files, export images, copy, paste and undo previous actions. You can also change the language of the application which is available both in English and Icelandic.

File menu

The tools

All the tools you need are located on the left side of the application window. On the top there are the basic tools for drawing, symbols, selection and a color picker.

Next there are tools for select drawing color and base color of your chart. Below the color selections you have tools to creating straight and dashed lines and tools for inserting images and text into your chart, changing colors and for editing written instructions for your published chart.

Basic tools Color selectors Utitilites

What’s next?

Read more on how to draw.

When upgrading from KnitBird 1.3 to 2.0, your Library in KnitBird 2.0 does not include any of the items you had in 1.3. In the lastest version of KnitBird 1.3, you can export your Library for use in KnitBird 2.0.

in KnitBird 1.3:

  1. Click on “File” in the main menu
  2. Select “Export library file for use in KnitBird 2.0″
  3. Save your file, for example on the Desktop, a file called will be created at the selected location.

In KnitBird 2.0:

  1. Click on “Library” in the main menu.
  2. Click the “Import Library” button.
  3. Select the file you saved in KnitBird 1.3.