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If you like Yarn Database, here are other tools you might find helpful or fun.


  • Accessible Patterns Index — Renee Van Hoy and Nicky Jensen have created a database of low-vision-friendly, screen-reader-friendly, Braille, and other accessible knitting, crochet and loom patterns.
  • Crochet en Inglés — Ayuda en español con patrones en inglés. Videos, tutoriales, etcétera. (Crochet in English — Help in Spanish with patterns in English. Videos, tutorials, etc.) See also Tejer en Inglés.
  • Pattern Writing and Designing for Cognitive Accessibility — Excellent piece by designer Woolly Wormhead about how to layout and write your pattern so that it’s accessible to people with cognitive differences like ADHD, autism and more.
  • Payhip — How to Maximize the Accessibility of Your Payhip Shop, Part 1 and Part 2. Sarah Bradberry offers an easy guide to make your Payhip shop accessible for disabled users.
  • Screen ReadersRemoving Barriers to Crafting in Written Patterns by Nicky Jensen.
  • Tejer en Inglés — Ayuda en español con patrones en inglés. Videos, tutoriales, etcétera. (Knitting in English — Help in Spanish with patterns in English. Videos, tutorials, etc.) See also Crochet en Inglés.



  • AirtableVictoria Marchant has put together a beautiful example and blank template to show you how to create an inventory of your stash, your projects and your patterns using Airtable.
  • Itemtopia — Free app for Android or iOS that creates a very customizable inventory of your yarn, tools, patterns, projects, etc.
  • Loom FAQs — Advice and conversion tables from Knitting Board for converting needle or hook patterns to a loom. A little extrapolation will help you do the reverse.
  • Mosaic Pattern Generator — Scott Pakin’s page lets you create your own charted repeat or click a Random button, then see your result as a band or tiled on graph paper. The Random patterns are editable, and all patterns can be saved or printed.
  • Mosaic Pattern Generator — Laura Kogler’s mosaic generator lets you specify the size of each square. It includes two options for a very interesting design. The Dissolve button slowly evolves your design toward horizontal stripes. Mutate changes each repeat slightly from the previous one. Patterns can be saved as .png files.
  • Pattern Profit Spreadsheet for Designers – $5.99 from My Fingers Fly. Calculates hourly earnings per pattern and overall when you input time and money invested in your design. Custom spreadsheets available on request.
  • Random Lace Pattern Generator — Select the number of rows and columns in your repeat, then choose your preferred increases and decreases, and off you go with Knitting Fool’s Random Lace Pattern Generator.
  • Random Stripe Generator — Input the yarn colors you want and the width(s) of your stripes, and Biscuits and Jam’s Random Stripe Generator will show you a possible configuration. Refresh the page to see another take on your choices.
  • Stitchfiddle — Convert your photos or drawings to colorwork patterns, or use Stitchfiddle’s canvas tool for knitting, crochet or cross-stitch to create a pattern chart.
  • WorldKnits Knitting Calculators — Use WorldKnits’ calculators to map out increases, decreases and tapers.
  • YarnBuddyYarnBuddy is a row counter and project tracker for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch). You can import pattern PDFs, set up multiple counters that can be linked and set to repeat, add project details, images, tags, and more. You can also keep an inventory of your yarn stash and notions/tools. It’s free to use for up to 10 projects and unlimited stashed yarn.

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