The Busy Life of a Knitting App Developer

Hello everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, and some of you may well be thinking that my attention has drifted away from my knitting apps…. well you’ll be pleased to hear that nothing could be further from the truth!

I have a tendency to become fully engrossed in whatever I’m doing, and pursue it incessantly until I have completed it.  So whilst I’m involved in developing a new bit of code to improve my apps, I find I don’t get around to adding anything to this website or any of the social media.  I even do less knitting as I can’t use a keyboard and knit at the same time (and I thought I was a master multi-tasker, lol!).

The good news is that this means that you  can expect some updates to my knitting apps which will introduce new features, for example an update to enable the knitting pattern to be saved as a PDF is on it’s way to the App Store as I type this.

When using my apps, you will find it simple to view your generated knitting patterns as PDF, and open them in other applications.  It probably isn’t obvious that this has been a good 2 weeks of solid work for me (not counting a frustrating 4 days of having no internet connection, thank you BT!).  But I have done it *Hurrah!* and I know that a lot of you will appreciate this feature.  It’s a great relief to be able to tick this off my list – I was actually planning to have PDF capability in my apps from the day I launched them, but I ended up putting the task to one side when I realised how tricky it was going to be, so as not to delay the apps from going on sale.

There are so many more things I am planning to do for my apps, I will be working on them one by one, but as with all app development, each task is probably more work than it might seem to be at first!  But don’t worry, I am working through them.  I am so proud of what I have achieved already –  this time last year I did not know how to make an Apple app at all! – and when I set my mind to do something, I don’t give up!

My current list includes:

  • Adding schematic diagrams to my Sweaters and Cardigans app, to show measurements as well as stitches / rows.
  • Adding app screenshots to this website, so visitors can have a better idea of what the apps do before they buy it, and to give clearer user instructions to those that already have it.
  • Enabling the user to choose a standard clothing size instead of entering their own body measurements.
  • Updating the Sweater and Cardigans app for short sleeves / sleeveless styles.
  • Option to enter number of stitches in a pattern repeat if user wants to use their own stitch pattern.
  • Adding the option for Raglan sleeves.
  • Developing both knitting apps for Android devices.
  • Option for top-down knitting in both apps.

I am going to see if I can put this list somewhere on this website with voting buttons so that you can tell me what would be most important to you, and also if there is anything else you would like me to add.

I have also been working on my own designs which I intend to sell as PDF via websites such as Ravelry (I actually have a few designs almost ready, but due to popular demand I have been working on the coding for PDF generation in my apps instead!).

Happy Knitting!

 

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More Stitch Options Added to the KnitsThatFit Hats App!

The KnitsThatFit Hats app has been updated to include new stitch options!

Now, as well as knitting hats in stocking stitch, you also have the option to knit hats in reverse stocking stitch, single rib, double rib, garter stitch, moss stitch (seed stitch) and even a cable stitch!

The app uses your own measurements and yarn specification to create  hat pattern knitting instructions for your chosen design options.

This version (V2.0) is on the app store now, so buy it or update it now!

Here are a selection of hats knitted using the new version of the app.

KnitsThatFit Hats

KnitsThatFit Hats

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Update of KnitsThatFit Sweaters and Cardigans on AppStore now!

The updated version of the KnitsThatFit sweater and cardigan app is now available on the App Store!

There is no rest for me though! I am still knitting as fast as I can so that I can show you knitted examples of each of the ‘fit’ that you can knit with KnitsThatFit.

I am also working on an update to the KnitsThatFit hat app, which I hope to have available next week, so watch this space!

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App update for KnitsThatFit Sweater & Cardigan

The update for the KnitsThatFit Sweater & Cardigan app will be on the AppStore tomorrow!

The update includes illustrations and photographic examples, improvements to the readability of the patterns, some stitch options, capability for very fine and very chunky yarns, as well as fixes for some issues that could have arisen in specific circumstances.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post if you are in the middle of using a pattern generated by the app, it may be a good idea to print the pattern before installing the update as the instructions with the new version may have some differences.image

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Update for the KnitsThatFit Sweater and Cardigan app!

Over the last few weeks, I hav been very busy working on an update for the KnitsThatFit Sweater and Cardigan app.

The update includes many improvements including illustrations and bug fixing, more stitch options and the capability for a wider range of gauge.

The update should be on the App Store in a few days time.

The update will result in some differences to the pattern instructions, so if you are part way through knitting something, it would be a good idea to print out the pattern before installing the update.

I will be posting more details of the update over the next few days, so watch this space!

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Knitting Resolutions

Most people make New Years resolutions, but resolutions can be made any time of year, and are a great way to take control of your life and make self improvements.  Maybe you have made a resolution to knit more, or to clear your knitting stash? Or perhaps you have never knitted before, and you have made a resolution to learn how.  Most people are more likely to have made health and lifestyle resolutions, such as to stop smoking or to lose weight.  But many will not have considered that taking up knitting can actually help to achieve those other resolutions! Most people who stop smoking find that they miss having a cigarette in their hands, but keeping your hands busy doing something like knitting can help to overcome this.  Instead of having a cigarette, or grabbing a naughty snack, thinking “I’ll just do a few more rows…”, and concentrating on a tricky pattern, can help to keep your mind and your hands off the things that you want to stop doing.  I found this myself a few years ago, when I successfully stopped smoking, and also found knitting helped me to lose weight too (although a considerable amount of exercise was also involved!).

And the best thing is, Whether or not you achieve your resolution to stop smoking or lose weight, you will have created some beautiful knitting of which you can feel very proud!

 

 

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Rowan Cardi modified with sweater app

 

Hello!

I thought I would share with you some of my own knitted garments, that I have either knitted entirely  using my Knitsthatfit app, or modified using the knitsthatfit sweater app.

The first is my most recent completed UFO!  It is a Rowan pattern for a Fairisle Cardigan, called Rustic. It is from the Rowan Knitting and Crochet magazine number 40.  I knitted most of it last winter, then put it to one side when I was developing the apps. All that remained was to  sew it up and to knit the button and neck bands.  I had been wanting to knit this cardigan for years, I just love the colours and the designs, but the original pattern was not as fitted as I wanted it to be, so I used the same calculations that I have used in my KnitsThatFit sweater app, to determine the stitches and rows for the body, and to include some side shaping – the original pattern has no waist shaping.  So here is the finished article – I think I need to do some work on my modelling!

Rowan Rustic Cardigan modified for fit with KnitsThatFit sweater app

Rowan Rustic Cardigan modified for fit with KnitsThatFit sweater app

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I think this is a good example of how you can use my app to make sure that your knitted masterpieces fit properly 😊.  I have to say that I am rather pleased with it!

For comparison, this how the the original unmodifed Cardigan looks – it was also featured in Simply knitting in January 2007.

Rowan Winter Berries cardigan,  design by Jennie Atkinson, photo from Simply Knitting January2007

Rowan Winter Berries cardigan, design by Jennie Atkinson, photo from Simply Knitting January2007

 

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A Tale of Three Rabbits

Happy New Year!!

I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday season 🙂

One of the things I did over the break was to knit a little rabbit for my nephew.  There is a little story about it….

Once upon a time, and a long long time ago, the 10 year old me used to sit and read bedtime stories to my little sisters, as they went to sleep. My youngest sister was absolutely obsessed with rabbits, and I had found the cutest pattern for a knitted rabbit in a library book, which I decided to knit for her as a Christmas present. So as soon as her eyes were closed I picked up my wool and needles, and knitted away.  I used the most suitable yarn scavenged from my Mother’s stash, and in those days proper toy stuffing was too expensive for us, so it was stuffed with my Mum’s old tights, thoroughly chopped up.  When my little 2 year old sister opened her present from me on Christmas morning, she jumped up with joy and exclaimed ‘”Boo-Boo!”‘. BooBoo became her favourite toy, and hardly left her side for most of her childhood, in fact she still has it now.

So, last year, I decided to knit an identical Rabbit for her own 2 yr old little girl. We were all looking forward to finding out my niece’s reaction and what name she would give her rabbit….she jumped for joy and named it Boo-Boo without hesitation! Then, during the Summer, I discovered that my nephew really wanted his own knitted rabbit… So this Christmas, the third knitted rabbit was created, and guess what my nephew has named it….yes, of course he was delighted with his very own Boo-Boo!

Boo-Boo, Boo-Boo, and Boo-Boo!

Boo-Boo, Boo-Boo and Boo-Boo!

Boo-Boo, Boo-Boo and Boo-Boo!

So here is a photo of the three Boo-Boos together.

Original Boo-Boo on the right!

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Ad and Review for KnitsThatFit on TheYarnLoop.com

An advert for my KnitsThatFit Hat knitting pattern app and sweater / jumper and cardigan pattern app is now on theyarnloop.com website!

TheYarnLoop is the new website for Simply Knitting, Knitting, and Knit Today magazines.  Also on the website is a review of my apps 😊

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KnitsThatFit Knitting Pattern Apps for Hats and Sweaters & Cardigans are out Now!

I am so excited that my apps are now live on the app store!

If you have already purchased one of my apps, thank you very much 🙂

I am already planning extra features that I will include in future updates.  If there is any particular features you would like to see, please let me know.

It is really important to me that these apps meet the requirements of every user, so if you buy one of my apps and something does not seem right for you, please get in touch.

 

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