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

Accessibility

  • 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.

Community

Tools

  • 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.

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