Knitting Tips: How to convert an image to a knitting or crochet chart

I used Arc Soft Photo Studio, but probably many other photo software programs do the same thing.

Upload photo.

Select effects from overhead toolbar. I used liquid, splash, intensity 20%. Make it blurry so you can judge what colors of yarn to use.

lamb blurred

Back to the effects tab. Select tiling, 3D grid from dropdown menu.


You can adjust the size of the grid squares to suit. Run off a copy and there’s your knitting chart.

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Took early retirement (yay!) and now have more time to pursue my favorite things.
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11 Responses to Knitting Tips: How to convert an image to a knitting or crochet chart

  1. Linda says:

    This is great. I never thought to find such an easy way to convert a picture. Thank you.

  2. Judith says:

    What size grid do you use? Thank you for the information!

  3. Janet says:

    thank you for this post. I was going crazy trying to figure out how to do this, and I’m not much of an artist. I was able to pretty much do the same thing in Photo shop.

  4. katknit says:

    Fantastic, Janet, glad it helped! Thank you for letting me know.

  5. Becky says:

    Very interesting! I will have to try this.

    Dropping by from the comment train from ravelry.

  6. Mina says:

    This is an interesting way of getting an image gridded! It doesn’t seem hard at all now.

    -Mina from Ravelry

  7. Jeannette says:

    Thanks for the tip. Never thought it would be this easy.

  8. Ojo says:

    i know im late by 2 yrs(post wise) but the squares are a little bit big to knit an entire row of this picture. Would i need more squares so my garment dosn’t come out looking distorted? but then again what do i know im only 1 yr in the knit game so my logic might be a bit off. Thank you.

    -Ojo from Ravelry.

  9. Ojo says:

    Thank you Katknit.

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