Tour

Intro Tour

Tutorials

Tutorials

UserGuide2

User Guide

FAQ2

FAQs

SupportRequest2

Support Ticket

Download from App Store

backtotop

Tour knitCompanion

 

Join us for a walkthrough of knitCompanion and all it offers!

The tour is divided into 3 parts:

  • Part 1  The basics available for free including how to bring in patterns, make projects, and track your progress.
  • Part 2 Using a project created from a kCDesign, Part 2 covers the expanded options in a fully setup project.
  • Part 3  Using the Setup Tools to create your own custom setup from any PDF.

Download from App Store

backtotop

Tutorials

 

Basics kCDesigns Magic Markers SmartCounters Setup

Overview (4:22)
Using QuickStart (3:35)
Using a Full Project (2:55)
Why Buy (3:25)
Working with PDFs (3:51)
Working with Projects (2:27)
Using Stitch Markers (3:48)
Using kC on an iPhone (2:23)

Using kCDesigns (3:04)
Shop kCDesigns (links with Ravelry!)

Intro to Magic Markers (2:41)
Using Magic Markers (2:53)
Using Custom Markers (1:04)

Setup Keys (3:02)
Setup Charts (4:47)
Cropping Tips (4:27)
Chart Reminders (4:32)
One-tap Marker with Written Instructions (3:38)
Intro to Multi-part Pieces (Add Image) (2:58)
Multi-part Charts (4:04)
Templates (3:23)


Download from App Store

backtotop

User Guide

 


Download from App Store

backtotop

FAQs

 

Purchase kCDesigns PDFs Projects kC Tips Magic Markers Backups & Sync Preferences Setup Troubleshooting

knitCompanion works on all iDevices that support the minimum iOS requirements. knitCompanion requires iOS 9.1 or higher.  The Designer Series apps require iOS 8.1 or higher.

Sure can!  Download knitCompanion for free and use it with all your PDFs, using QuickStart. You can also use kCDesigns with the free app.  There are 5 free kCDesigns included in the app and hundreds more available on Patternfish.

There are also in-app purchase options for advanced features:

  • Setup provides advanced Tools for tracking.
  • Magic Markers let you find, color, highlight, and count stitches in charts.
  • The kCBundle provides both Setup and Magic Markers

How to Purchase

Free knitCompanion can be used with as many PDFs and projects as you would like using QuickStart.

You can use any available kCDesigns with free knitCompanion.  knitCompanion comes with 5 free kCDesigns built in and there are hundreds of kCDesigns available on Patternfish.  kCDesigns are setup so you can use the full features of knitCompanion without any setup work.

To use Setup or Magic Markers, you must purchase the feature.

There is no limit to the number of patterns and projects you can have.
QuickStart is free, and gives you basic functionality for working with patterns.

There are in-app purchase options for advanced features:

  • Setup provides advanced Tools for tracking.
  • Magic Markers let you find, color, highlight, and count stitches in charts.
  • The kCBundle provides both Setup and Magic Markers.

How to Purchase

knitCompanion is free to download and provides lots of great free functionality. There are also several in-app purchase options to extend knitCompanion capabilities. The cost for these options vary based on the options you picked and the country you are located in (based on currency, VAT, etc).  See here for pricing.

  • kCBundle: includes both Setup and Magic Markers
    • Setup: Use all of knitCompanion’s setup tools for keeping track with any PDF!
      • Always see your keys
      • One-tap markers for charts and text, plus inverted markers
      • Glue charts together for easy tracking on each row
      • Reminders and “at the same time” instructions
      • Mystery KAL support
    • Magic Markers: Tap a stitch, it finds the rest!
      • Find stitches by type (e.g. ssk, k2tog, cables)
      • Highlight stitches (e.g. make all ssk blue)
      • Show count for long stretches of stitches
      • Works for single and multi-stitch (e.g. cables)
  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear icon in the upper right.
  2. Tap Subscribe/Restore.
  3. Use the Buy buttons to Purchase/Renew subscriptions.

You will need an internet connection and an Apple ID to complete the transaction. We strongly recommend that you register with knitCompanion.

The price varies based on what you purchase and the country you are located in (based on currency, VAT, etc).  See here for pricing.

All purchases are 1 year subscriptions and any purchase removes all ads from the app:

  1. kCBundle:  Includes all the features including Setup and Magic Markers.  Any new features added during your subscription period are automatically added for the duration of your subscription.
    1. Setup: Includes knitCompanion’s tools for keeping track. About Setup.
    2. Magic Markers: Includes knitCompanion’s unique Magic Marker functionality to find, color, highlight and count chart stitches. About Magic Markers.

Please note, subscriptions with knitCompanion DO NOT auto-renew.  You will be reminded a few days before your subscription is due to expire.  If you do not renew you will still have access to your existing projects as-is and all the features of the free app remain available. You will not be able to use the paid features such as Setup or Magic Markers that have expired.
How to Restore your purchase.

Registration is optional, it brings many benefits for your subscription purchase.  When you register your purchase, you will be able to access it from other iDevices.  And if you delete the app or something bad happens to your device, as long as your subscription is registered you’ll be able to restore it once your device is working again.  You will be automatically prompted to register when you purchase as well as when you open your first project.  To register at any time, from the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right and tap Subscribe/Restore.

Registration is optional. However if you do not register, your subscription can not be transferred between devices, and it can not be restored after deleting the app or experiencing a device failure.  For these reasons, registration is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Register screen:

  1. If you’ve never registered before tap Sign Up (green button).  You must create an app account with Sign Up before you can Sign In. (your app account is not linked to your shop account)
  2. If you’ve forgotten your username and/or password tap Forgot? (grey button next to the Username/Password fields)
  3. Sign In to Register.

photo

 

Please note, subscriptions to knitCompanion DO NOT auto-renew.

To restore your purchase follow these steps:

  1. Install the free app from the app store (if not already installed).
  2. Tap the gear icon on the upper right of the home page.
  3. Tap Subscribe/Restore.
    1. To restore a subscription tap Restore Subscriptions.  It may be necessary to sign in.
    2. To restore a Legacy (Lifetime) Setup purchase tap the grey Restore Legacy Purchase at the bottom of the screen.
      1. NOTE: for Legacy purchases you MUST use the same Apple ID as the original purchase (required!).
      2. If you are SURE you are using the same Apple ID and nothing happens or your get an error contact Apple for assistance with your device and/or your Apple ID.

How to Purchase.

  1. Start knitCompanion.
  2. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear icon in the upper right.
  3. Tap Subscribe/Restore

Here you can see your purchase status, restore your purchase and make a new purchase.

The current version of knitCompanion is 3.7.1. To see the currently installed version of knitCompanion:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons), tap the gear upper right
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the list of General Preferences to see your version number.

To update knitCompanion click here from your iDevice.  If there is an update available you will see an Update button.

Not seeing version 3.7.1?  Be sure your iOS is version 8.1 or higher.

App Registration and the Create2Thrive Shop are separate accounts.

App Registration Login:
  1. Forgot your username or password?
    1. Use the forgot? button to the left of the sign in fields and provide your account email. If your email is not found you must register before you can sign in.
  2. Be sure to use your username and password to sign in:
    1. Your username is included in the password reset email.
    2. Your username is probably not your email unless you set it that way.
    3. Usernames and passwords are CASE SENSITIVE.  You must type your username and password exactly correct.

If you don’t get a reset email check your junk and spam filter.  You should also at @knitCompanion.com to your safe sender list.  Still don’t see the email? Contact your email service provider for assistance. 

Create2Thrive Shop Login:
  1. Your shop account is not the same as your app registration account.  Be sure to create a shop account before attempting to login.
  2. Use the Lost Password link to reset your password.
  3. Passwords are CASE SENSITIVE.  You must type your email and password exactly correct.
  4. If you attempted to login repeatedly you may experience a short time-out. This security feature discourages hackers and brute force attacks on our website.

In general it can be tricky to type on a mobile device.  Pay close attention to auto-capitalization, spelling correction, and the use of special characters as those lead to the greatest number of login failures.


Watch the kCDesign Video

kCDesigns are patterns fully formatted for knitCompanion so you can use the full capabilities of the app with no setup. Things like one-tap row markers, row reminders, smart counters, sizing, motif and design options, and other knitCompanion features are all ready setup so you can start knitting right away.

Hundreds of kCDesigns are available online from Create2Thrive and Patternfish.

kCDesigns import directly into knitCompanion, and are elegantly presented inside the app.  Learn more about Using kCDesigns.

There are 5 free kCDesigns included in knitCompanion.  Hundreds of additional kCDesigns are available for purchase online at Create2Thrive and Patternfish.

You can see this topic in action in this video.  kCDesigns are available from Create2Thrive and Patternfish.

  1. Be sure your knitCompanion is updated to version 3.7 or higher.
  2. From the kC home page (5 big buttons) tap kCDesigns. You see all your local Designs.
  3. Tap Stash at the bottom right and then tap to view stash from a shop.
  4. Tap a kCDesign to import it to your Local Designs.
  5. Tap the breadcrumb return to Designs, and tap Local Designs to see your newly imported Designs.

 

kCDesign is an add-on to the PDF.  However, if you have already purchased the PDF you can purchase just the kCDesign:

  1. The Create2Thrive Shop is integrated with Ravelry.  Just login and link to your ravelry account.
  2. When you purchase from Patternfish, your Patternfish purchases are checked.  If you have already purchased the PDF from Patternfish you will not be charged for the PDF again.  If you haven’t previously purchased the PDF on Patternfish it will be included with the purchase of the kCDesign.

The PDF and kCDesign are listed separately in your Stash.  You will see each one and can import each separately.

kCDesign listings will have the kC logo in the upper left corner of the pattern image.

How to Import from Stash.

Its easy to make your patterns available as kCDesigns because we do the work to transform your patterns into kCDesigns.  Our team consists of professional technical editors for knitting patterns and kC experts.

  • There is no fee for the transformation work, and no work on your part.  The knitCompanion team provides a turn-key transformation.
  • The knitCompanion team will also handle support for kCDesigns, and errata changes as needed.

To sign up with Create2Thrive:

  1. Learn more about Create2Thrive and our work with designers and Ravelry.
  2. Email shop (at) create2thrive (dot) com.

We will contact you within 1-2 business days with additional information.

To sign up with Patternfish:

  1. Start by selling your patterns on Patternfish.
  2. Email the team at Patternfish to let them know you would like to be added to our transformation queue.

There are several options to bring a PDF into knitCompanion.  These options are shown in this video.

PDFs from Ravelry or Dropbox:
  1. Tap PDFs on the home page
    1. Tap Ravelry PDFs at the bottom center to use PDFs from your Ravelry PDF Library.
    2. Tap Dropbox PDFs at the bottom right to use PDFs from your Dropbox.
Open In:
  1. From your iDevice view the PDF in another app (safari, GoodReader, email, Chrome, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc)
  2. Tap the Open in button
    1. This is often on a menu that disappears quickly, tap the screen to bring it back
    2. It often looks like a box with an arrow pointing out.  In Google apps it is represented as 3 vertical dots
    3. It may be located at the top right of the screen, or on a Share Menu
  3. Pick the knitCompanion app (list of apps scrolls side to side)

Or, use iTunes File Sharing: How to use iTunes File Sharing

To Delete a PDF:

  1. From the Home Page (5 big buttons) tap PDFs
  2. Swipe on the project
  3. Tap Edit/Delete

Note: This deletes the PDF from knitCompanion on your local device.  It does not affect existing projects that are based on that PDF, PDFs in Dropbox or on other devices.

To change the name of a PDF:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap PDFs
  2. Swipe on the PDF
  3. Tap Edit/Rename

You can add a PDF to an existing project. An example would be getting a new clue in a Mystery KAL (MKAL).

  1. Open your existing project and tap Setup (bottom left).
  2. Tap the PDF+ button at the top of the page.
  3. From Local PDFs select the PDF with the new pages you want to append to the existing project.
    1. If needed you can import PDFs directly from Ravelry or Dropbox.  After the PDF opens for viewing instead of making a new project, tab the breadcrumb upper left and then select the newly imported PDF from Local PDFs.
    2. Or use Open In to add PDFs from any other source to.
  4. Tap to select the pages you’d like to add, or tap Select All to add the entire PDF.

The selected pages will be added at the end of the existing PDF for this project.  None of your existing project will be affected and you can make new pieces directly off the new pages.

It is easy to select just the subset of pages you need for a project.  First, if needed add the PDF to knitCompanion.

  1. From the Home Page tap PDFs
  2. Tap the PDF and tap New Project
  3. Tap to select just the wanted pages.

This will create a project based on a PDF that uses just those pages.  Miss a page?  Don’t worry, under Setup you can easily add new pages: How to add new pages

We all have a huge collection of patterns that are not in PDF format.  Some are html, some are paper patterns or in books.  The very good news is that it is pretty easy to create a PDF from these other formats, right from your iDevice.

PAPER to PDF

There are lots of apps that will let you take your paper and turn it into a PDF by using your device’s camera roll. Here are just a few of the options.

TIPS
  • You don’t need a super hi-res scan when doing a flat bed scan.  Keep a lower dpi (dots per inch).
  • Before making a PDF, be sure to “square” the scan or image.  Many of the apps listed above provide features to help you square the image and some also provide features to correct distortion caused by the book binding.

Disclaimer: kC is not affiliated with any of these apps or websites. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the options, but it should get you started.  For more feedback from a wide range of users visit our Ravelry Group.

You can’t delete PDF pages added to your project.  This could cause other pieces of your project to break that rely on those pages.

You CAN delete Pieces from your project so they don’t clutter your main knitting page:

  1. From the Home Page (5 big buttons) tap Projects
  2. Tap to open the project
  3. Tap Setup
  4. Swipe on the Piece in the list you’d like to delete
  5. Tap Edit/Delete

This removes the piece from the main knitting page, but the PDF page it originated from remains in the PDF associated with the project.

To print or share a PDF in knitCompanion:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap PDFs
  2. Swipe on the PDF
  3. Tap Open In PDF

Got a lot of projects or PDFs?  Just tap a column header to sort alphabetical by name or date.  Tap the same column to toggle between ascending and descending.

You can also filter projects and kCDesigns, just tap the filter upper right to get started.  Remember once your project list is filtered you won’t see the whole list until you remove the filter.


Benefits of using Dropbox include:

  • Keeping your devices synced.
  • Backup your projects so you never lose your place, even if your device breaks or you delete the app.
  • Archive projects so you can delete them from your local device.  To knit a project again, just import it from Dropbox.

Knitter’s Name:

Take note of your Knitter’s Name and ensure it is the same on all devices and after a re-install:

  1. From the home page tap the gear
  2. Take note of your Knitter’s Name.  It is case sensitive and leading/trailing spaces matter. It is recommended you not add leading or trailing spaces since they are hard to see.

To Use dropbox:

  1. Link knitCompanion to Dropbox on each device: How to link to Dropbox
  2. Tap Projects fom the Home page (5 big buttons) where your project is located.
  3. Swipe on the project, tap the edit button that appears, and tap export. This will copy it up to Dropbox.  Export is complete when you receive a confirmation message.
  4. On the second device, from the home page tap Projects
  5. Tap Dropbox at the bottom (don’t have a Dropbox tab?), tap on your project and tap import.  This will import the project to your second device.

Export regularly so Dropbox always has the latest version.

If you are new to Dropox, be sure to check out this thread to get yourself and a fellow knitter extra free storage space!  If you don’t want to use Dropbox, you can do the same set of steps, but using iTunes file sharing.

To change the name of a project:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap Projects
  2. Swipe on the project
  3. Tap Edit/Copy

Knitter’s choice to delete the old project or keep it.

To Delete a Project:

  1. From the Home Page (5 big buttons) tap Projects
  2. Swipe on the project
  3. Tap Edit/Delete

Note: This deletes them from your local device.  It does not affect Dropbox or other devices.

Yes, both options are available.  First, from the home page (5 big buttons) tap Projects.

To sort projects:

Tap any column header to sort ascending or descending for that column.  This includes project name, date created, and PDF/Design name.

To filter projects:

  1. Tap the filter button in the upper right
  2. Tap the blue + upper right to make a new filter
  3. Define the filter
  4. Use the breadcrumb to return to the filter list.  Add more filters if desired.
  5. Return to the project list and it will be filtered.  There will be a filter watermark in red on the page to remind you there is a filter set.

To see all projects again, just remove the filter(s).

This is because there is a filter set on your project list.  You may be missing only certain projects, or your project list may be totally empty depending on the definition of your filter(s).  You can tell if a filter is set because there will be a red “watermark” of a filter on your project list page as shown in the screenshot below.

photo

To remove filters:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap Projects.
  2. Tap the filter button in the upper right.
  3. Swipe on a filter in the list and tap Edit/Delete All.
  4. Use the breadcrumb to return to the Projects List page.

Got a lot of projects or PDFs?  Just tap a column header to sort alphabetical by name or date.  Tap the same column to toggle between ascending and descending.

You can also filter projects and kCDesigns, just tap the filter upper right to get started.  Remember once your project list is filtered you won’t see the whole list until you remove the filter.


Yes.  knitCompanion provides a a customizable setting to Block Sleep Mode.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right
  2. Flip the Block Sleep Mode Switch on.

You screen will no longer fade to black when you knit a long row.

Yes. knitCompanion provides a You-Are-Here marker.  You can place it on any piece you are knitting from.  You can learn about this and other QuickStart features, as well as full knitCompanion features.

To Place:  Touch and hold the spot on the screen you’d like to place it.  If your iPad sounds are on the iPad will beep when the hold takes effect.  Touch and hold is NOT a tap, you must leave your finger in place without wiggling it for several seconds.

To Remove: Touch and hold on top of the marker.

To Move: Touch and hold in  a new spot.

Yes, knitCompanion makes it easy to repeat.  From the top row of the chart just tap up to return to the bottom.  Tapping down when on the bottom row will move your marker to the top row.  This also works for written instructions with a one-tap marker.

  • If you want knitCompanion to count chart repeats, turn ON Smart Counters/Show Full Chart Repeat.
  • If you need to repeat part of a chart, use Row Repeat Counters. For example, if you have a 20 row chart and need to repeat rows 5-10 three times before working row 11 a Row Repeat counter will guide your row marker as you tap to the next row and track your repeats automatically.
  • If your chart has Smart Counters you can reset a chart. Just touch and hold on the cummulative row number and pick Reset Chart. For example to knit a second sock that matches the first, or a second sleeve to a sweater.

knitCompanion provides a wide variety of color preference settings. These are Project Preference settings, so each project you knit can have its own settings.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the Project button
  2. Tap your project to open it
  3. Tap the gear upper right to access Project Preferences

Colors settings will be located on the Color tab.  Marker Settings will be located on the Marker tab.

The Inverted Marker is a very popular and unique feature of knitCompanion.  It is available anytime there is a one-tap marker*.

photo IMG_0953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It makes it:

  1. Easy to see any coloration in your chart.
  2. Easy for your eye to see the row you are on as you glance up from your knitting.
  3. Easy to stay focused on the current row without being distracted by surrounding information.
  4. Works with any color Row Marker (shown above using Black at a medium transparency).

To achieve the Inverted Row Marker in a project:

  1. From the app home page tap the Projects button
  2. Tap to open a project
  3. Tap the gear upper right to access that project’s preferences
  4. Set your Row marker color to your desired setting (black is used above, but any colors that please you will work).
  5. Tap Markers at the bottom and turn ON Invert Chart Overlay and Invert Text Overlay.

If you would like the inverted row marker as your DEFAULT settings for all new projects, use System Preferences to set your Default Project settings.

*One-tap markers are the blue arrows you see to the right of the screen.  Use Setup to add one-tap markers to any chart or written instructions.  If you are knitting from a kCDesign one-tap markers are available with no setup required.  

Yes.  The default slider tabs are designed to be easy to see, but they can block your view of larger charts.  To make them transparent:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the Projects button.
  2. Tap your project to open it
  3. Tap the Gear upper right to access that project’s preferences.
  4. Set your Tab Type to Transparent.

Yes.  knitCompanion provides a variety of settings for sounds.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right
  2. Notice there are settings for Muting auto play, Counter Sounds, and Marker Sounds.

Note that you can also mute your entire iPad using the system settings, Control Panel, and Side Switch controls of your iPad. knitCompanion sounds are always controlled by the overall settings on your iPad as well as being able to be controlled individually.

Yes.  knitCompanion provides a setting to mute auto-play audio, and also control marker and counter sounds.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right
  2. Flip Mute Auto Play Audio on.
  3. Notice there are also settings for Counter and Marker Sounds.

 

The In Between Row setting is a very popular and unique feature of knitCompanion.  It is available anytime there is a one-tap marker* and your chart only shows every other row (during setup be sure to set Increment to 2).

 

To enable In Between Rows in a project:

  1. From the app home page tap the Projects button
  2. Tap to open a project
  3. Tap the gear upper right to access that project’s preferences
  4. Turn on Show Between Rows (scroll if needed to bring option into view).

If you would like the Show Between Rows as your DEFAULT settings for all new projects, use System Preferences to set your Default Project settings.

Note: knitCompanion is smart and knows that charts with every row showing don’t have between rows (Increment is set to 1).  And it works with odd and even row marker colors too.

*One-tap markers are the blue arrows you see to the right of the screen.  Use Setup to add one-tap markers to any chart or written instructions.  If you are knitting from a kCDesign one-tap markers are available with no setup required.  

Have a chart that is wide or tall…or maybe both?  You can easily navigate:

  1. Double-tap in the center to toggle between “fit to width” and “fit to height”.
  2. Double-tap on any edge to shift your view to that edge.  For example:
    1. Double-tap on the right edge will shift the entire chart right
    2. Double-tap on the top will shift you to the top of the chart.
  3. Of course you can use the 2 finger pinch to zoom in and out, and a single finger to drag your chart in any direction.

When you are knitting from a wide chart and need to get to the far end for the next row wouldn’t it be nice to have the chart automatically reset to the far edge to start the next row?  Row Reset Style does just that by shifting the chart automatically!  When you move the row marker to a new row:

  1. Right The chart will automatically shift to the right edge of the chart. This is handy for right handed knitters when only RS rows are charted or you are working in the round.
  2. Left The chart will automatically shift to the left edge of the chart.  This is handy for left handed knitters.
  3. None This is the default setting and your chart won’t shift left or right when you move your row marker.

 

If you knit with the sliding stitch marker to track your way, it can “follow you”.  Just turn on Also Reset Slider and the sliding stitch marker will follow your chart shift and be at hand for your next row.

Got a lot of projects or PDFs?  Just tap a column header to sort alphabetical by name or date.  Tap the same column to toggle between ascending and descending.

You can also filter projects and kCDesigns, just tap the filter upper right to get started.  Remember once your project list is filtered you won’t see the whole list until you remove the filter.

You can easily change the name and color of the simple counters.  Just tap the slider to expand the counter area bottom right.  Tap the pencil on a counter to set a new name, color, and value.  Along with the pencil there are buttons to decrement and reset the counter.

Changes made in one project won’t affect any other projects so you can have custom counters for every WIP.

You never have a tape measure handy when you need it so we built one right into knitCompanion.

From the main knitting page tap Edit/Measure.

Ruler works in portrait and landscape and supports both metric and imperial measurements.

Sometimes a pattern has one or more pages that are sideways.  You can rotate any page:

For QuickStart projects tap Edit/Rotate.  Each tap will rotate the selected page 90 degrees.
If you’ve gone into Setup, you can rotate from Setup.  Tap the Piece, tap Recrop, and Rotate.  Always rotate before cropping.

knitCompanion also supports mirroring charts.  Use Flip to create a mirror image.

Vertical Mirror Tap Flip Once
Horizontal Mirror Tap Flip Once and Rotate twice.


See Magic Markers in action.

Magic Markers are a fast way to find stitches on your chart.  It uses new visual technology so the app can “read” your chart.  You give it a sample of a stitch, tap the wand, and the app finds all the matching stitches on the chart.  Now you can:

Slide_kC_MM copy

  1.  Color-code stitches.  Want your ssk pink and your k2tog green?  Or make all 2×2 left cables red and 2×2 right cables blue?
  2. Count stitches.  Long stretches of knits or purls between “action”?  Magic markers can count how many stitches there are in a row.
  3. Change Color-work colors.  Make your colorwork chart match your chosen knitting colors. Find each color (or symbol in place of color) and apply your own color choice.

AppleBadge

Magic Markers are available for knitCompanion Chart Pieces.

How to tell if it’s a chart piece:

  1. On the Main Knitting page (piece bar across the top), tap the piece in the piece bar across the top (so it’s in the main window).
  2. Tap Edit at the bottom.
  3. If your options include Stitch Markers and Smart Counters then that is a chart piece. (If you have Smart Counters but not Magic Markers you need to upgrade your kC).

There are 2 ways to get a chart piece in kC:

  1. Use a kCDesign (all the setup is done so you can just knit). On the main knitting page tap to pick a chart from across the top.
  2. Tell kC about your chart using Setup.

Once you select a chart piece you will have a one tap marker to the right of the chart, and in the edit menu you will have Magic Markers, Smat Counters, and Stitch Markers as additional options for your chart.

Be sure to get your chart defined correctly! See how to crop a chart correctly.

Go to knitcompanion.com/support and select Magic Markers to access the User Guide and Videos

paste-1431037681588_medium

 

You can make the magic wand sensitive to color, greyscale, or ignore color.

How do I use the BW / Color / Gray options?

  • If you leave the wand at BW (black and white) it will ignore color on your chart and find all matches to your sample no matter the color. This is the default setting and works well for most charts that aren’t colorwork.
  • If you select COLOR or GRAY (next to the wand) and then tap the wand it will find the shade of grey or color you picked as your sample.

BE SURE to tap the wand after making any of these adjustments.

Then use the more/less slider if needed. And finally tap to turn specific stitches on or off to do a “final trim” if needed.

When your sample stitch doesn’t fit the chart grid, you haven’t setup the chart correctly:

  1. Take the Tour: Part 3 for a quick lesson on Setup including correct cropping and stitch counts.
  2. See this FAQ for written tips on cropping and how to test your Setup.

It is essential that your Setup of a chart is correct.  If it is not it will impact all the knitCompanion chart tools (Stitch Markers, Row Markers, Magic Markers, linked charts, etc).

You can adjust the sensitivity of the wand, and trim the final selected stitches. This is why Magic Markers can work on so many different charts.

The LESS / MORE slider:
  • Slide it to MORE if you want the wand to find more possible matching stitches, because it’s not finding them all. This is helpful if the crop isn’t perfect, the lines inside the chart aren’t constant, or you’ve done add image, etc. basically if it’s “missing” matches.
  • Slide it to LESS if it’s finding too many matches, this is useful if you’ve got two stitches that look very similar and it’s finding “too many” stitches.
  • BE SURE to tap the wand after you adjust the slider!
Trim the selection:

Need to add or remove individual stitches from a marker? Just tap on a stitch to toggle it on or off. Tapping the wand will clear your manual trim, so be sure to play with the sensitivity first to find the best fit. Then trim as needed.

Troubleshooting:

Magic Markers work best when you’ve got a good Setup so that a the sample stitch sits perfectly on each grid square.  See here for to Setup correctly.

If your chart is lower quality, it’s a scan from paper, or has lots of added images:

  • Help the system by picking a sample stitch from the center or bullseye of the chart rather than at the edges. Especially if the crop is off, the center provides a better sample than an edge.
  • If the chart is very wonky, consider making 2 magic markers one for each “section” of wonkiness.

You’ll be automatically prompted to link to Dropbox the first time you tap on a Dropbox option.

Alternately:

  1. Start knitCompanion
  2. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the Gear upper right
  3. Tap Sync at the bottom
  4. Turn Dropbox on and say yes to allow knitCompanion to access your dropbox.

You can also use these same steps to reset your link to Dropbox if it stops working.

Benefits of using Dropbox include:

  • Keeping your devices synced.
  • Backup your projects so you never lose your place, even if your device breaks or you delete the app.
  • Archive projects so you can delete them from your local device.  To knit a project again, just import it from Dropbox.

Knitter’s Name:

Take note of your Knitter’s Name and ensure it is the same on all devices and after a re-install:

  1. From the home page tap the gear
  2. Take note of your Knitter’s Name.  It is case sensitive and leading/trailing spaces matter. It is recommended you not add leading or trailing spaces since they are hard to see.

To Use dropbox:

  1. Link knitCompanion to Dropbox on each device: How to link to Dropbox
  2. Tap Projects fom the Home page (5 big buttons) where your project is located.
  3. Swipe on the project, tap the edit button that appears, and tap export. This will copy it up to Dropbox.  Export is complete when you receive a confirmation message.
  4. On the second device, from the home page tap Projects
  5. Tap Dropbox at the bottom (don’t have a Dropbox tab?), tap on your project and tap import.  This will import the project to your second device.

Export regularly so Dropbox always has the latest version.

If you are new to Dropox, be sure to check out this thread to get yourself and a fellow knitter extra free storage space!  If you don’t want to use Dropbox, you can do the same set of steps, but using iTunes file sharing.

Sometimes you to re-authorize the link between knitCompanion and other systems.

  1. From the knitCompanion home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right.
  2. Tap Sync (at bottom).
  3. Flip the switch for your troubled service Off.
  4. Return to the home page.  Next time you access that service you will be prompted to login.

If the problem persists it may be that the internet is slow, or the service is down temporarily.  Passwords can be reset from the external website for the service or shop.


Yes.  knitCompanion provides a a customizable setting to Block Sleep Mode.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right
  2. Flip the Block Sleep Mode Switch on.

You screen will no longer fade to black when you knit a long row.

knitCompanion is very customizable to your needs.  There are wide variety of settings. Some key items include:

  1. Block Sleep Mode to prevent your iPad screen going dark while you knit.
  2. Turn audio on or off for public knitting situations
  3. Sync with Dropbox and other systems
  4. Purchase and check your purchase status
  5. Set colors for markers, swipe, and other settings.
Access System Preferences

These include purchase, mute, block sleep mode, Dropbox, and project default settings.

  1. From the app home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right
  2. It is not recommended to change project default settings until you are familiar with the app.
Access Project Preferences

These include colors, marker inversion, sliding marker settings, marker widths, minimize the look of sliding tabs and more.

  1. From the app home page tap the Projects button
  2. Tap to open a project
  3. Tap the gear upper right to access that project’s preferences

knitCompanion provides a wide variety of color preference settings. These are Project Preference settings, so each project you knit can have its own settings.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the Project button
  2. Tap your project to open it
  3. Tap the gear upper right to access Project Preferences

Colors settings will be located on the Color tab.  Marker Settings will be located on the Marker tab.

The Inverted Marker is a very popular and unique feature of knitCompanion.  It is available anytime there is a one-tap marker*.

photo IMG_0953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It makes it:

  1. Easy to see any coloration in your chart.
  2. Easy for your eye to see the row you are on as you glance up from your knitting.
  3. Easy to stay focused on the current row without being distracted by surrounding information.
  4. Works with any color Row Marker (shown above using Black at a medium transparency).

To achieve the Inverted Row Marker in a project:

  1. From the app home page tap the Projects button
  2. Tap to open a project
  3. Tap the gear upper right to access that project’s preferences
  4. Set your Row marker color to your desired setting (black is used above, but any colors that please you will work).
  5. Tap Markers at the bottom and turn ON Invert Chart Overlay and Invert Text Overlay.

If you would like the inverted row marker as your DEFAULT settings for all new projects, use System Preferences to set your Default Project settings.

*One-tap markers are the blue arrows you see to the right of the screen.  Use Setup to add one-tap markers to any chart or written instructions.  If you are knitting from a kCDesign one-tap markers are available with no setup required.  

Yes.  The default slider tabs are designed to be easy to see, but they can block your view of larger charts.  To make them transparent:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the Projects button.
  2. Tap your project to open it
  3. Tap the Gear upper right to access that project’s preferences.
  4. Set your Tab Type to Transparent.

Yes.  knitCompanion provides a variety of settings for sounds.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right
  2. Notice there are settings for Muting auto play, Counter Sounds, and Marker Sounds.

Note that you can also mute your entire iPad using the system settings, Control Panel, and Side Switch controls of your iPad. knitCompanion sounds are always controlled by the overall settings on your iPad as well as being able to be controlled individually.

Yes.  knitCompanion provides a setting to mute auto-play audio, and also control marker and counter sounds.

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right
  2. Flip Mute Auto Play Audio on.
  3. Notice there are also settings for Counter and Marker Sounds.

 

The In Between Row setting is a very popular and unique feature of knitCompanion.  It is available anytime there is a one-tap marker* and your chart only shows every other row (during setup be sure to set Increment to 2).

 

To enable In Between Rows in a project:

  1. From the app home page tap the Projects button
  2. Tap to open a project
  3. Tap the gear upper right to access that project’s preferences
  4. Turn on Show Between Rows (scroll if needed to bring option into view).

If you would like the Show Between Rows as your DEFAULT settings for all new projects, use System Preferences to set your Default Project settings.

Note: knitCompanion is smart and knows that charts with every row showing don’t have between rows (Increment is set to 1).  And it works with odd and even row marker colors too.

*One-tap markers are the blue arrows you see to the right of the screen.  Use Setup to add one-tap markers to any chart or written instructions.  If you are knitting from a kCDesign one-tap markers are available with no setup required.  


No, knitCompanion’s wizard driven setup allows you to use the instructions (and charts!) directly from the PDF.

You can change the name of a piece or key:

  1. From the Home Page (5 big buttons) tap Projects
  2. Tap to open the project
  3. Tap Setup
  4. Swipe on the Piece in the list you’d like to delete
  5. Tap Edit/Copy

It is knitter’s choice to keep or delete the original item.

Yes, you can delete any Piece, Key or Template.

  1. From the Home Page (5 big buttons) tap Projects
  2. Tap to open the project
  3. Tap Setup
  4. Swipe on the Piece, Key, or Template in the list you’d like to delete
  5. Tap Edit/Delete

This deletes that item from the project but the PDF pages it was based on remains for your later use.

You can see the details on cropping in this video.

  1. Zoom in some to crop so you can see the details.
  2. You can move the crop by a single pixel by tapping the cropping line or slider bar above or below the button.  This gets you exactly perfect precision!

I setup my chart, cropping and entering visible rows and stitches at the top.  And now I don’t see my one-tap marker.  Where is it?

The one-tap marker is visible on the Knitting Page, not from setup.

  1. After you tap Save on the cropping page you will see the page shown below. This is not the Knitting Page and no row marker is shown.  Tap the breadcrumb in the upper left to return to main setup.  Tap once more to return to the main knitting page. IMG_1786
  2. Below is the Knitting Page.  It has counters (either 4 colored or a single number) at the bottom right (circled in red).  Be sure to tap your newly setup piece from the Piece Bar to select it for knitting. Scroll the Piece Bar side to side as needed to locate your new piece.
    1. If your selected piece is named Page x then its probably a QuickStart piece and not your new chart piece.
    2. If you don’t see the top part with all your pieces, be sure to tap the blue tab to bring it back into view.

IMG_1788

If you have scrolled along the top bar and don’t see your newly created chart, then you accidentally set it up as a Template.  Return to Setup and be sure to set it up as a piece.

The below steps are also demonstrated in this video.

Step1: Cropping to the edge
Crop all the way to the edges of the chart at its widest/tallest part, removing the row and stitch numbers the designer might have put in.

Step 2: Visible rows
How many rows are VISIBLE on the chart? Charts are really graph paper. Count the boxes vertically up the chart, each box is a row.

  • Remember, if wrong side rows aren’t charted, they aren’t visible, so in the pic below there are 16 visible rows, not 31.
  • Still having issues? Be sure to check the bottom row number. If it is not 1, adjust your visible row count accordingly. When in doubt, manually count boxes, sometimes the numbers are wrong. **

Step 3: Stitches
How many stitches are there from right to left edge of the crop? Charts are really graph paper. Count the boxes horizontally across the width of the chart. If there are “no stitch here” spots count those as stitches since even though you don’t have a stitch on your needle, it is taking up an actual spot in the width of your chart.

Step 4: Bottom Row and Increment
You can enter the row the chart starts on, and what it increments by. Just enter the number as it applies for the starting row for what is in front of you. And the increment indicates in the chart counts 1,2,3 (increment of 1) or 1,3,5 (increment of 2).

cropping

Need to fix a chart? From the main knitting page tap Setup. Then tap the piece for your chart. Then tap Recrop. From here you can adjust all the items above.

** A note on arithmetic: if your bottom row is not 1 and you decide to subtract the top row from the bottom, BE SURE TO ADD 1. The count of rows is the difference between top and bottom row PLUS ONE. if you need to prove this to yourself, consider a chart with a bottom row of 1 and top row of 10. 10-1=9. So be sure to add one to the difference!

One tap marker are available for both charts and written instructions.  You can use Setup (cropping a chart or adding text overlay) to add one tap markers to your project or use a kCDesign (setup is done for you). Note: one-tap markers are not available in QuickStart projects.

A one tap marker lets you move your row marker one row at a time using arrows on the right side of your screen.  It can be regular or inverted, and once you have a one tap marker you can have lots of additional features such as row reminders, magic markers, smart counters and more.  Here is what a one tap marker (inverted) looks like.  The blue arrows to the right move the marker up and down.  There are many settings for color and other options.

photo 2photo

Sometimes a pattern has one or more pages that are sideways.  You can rotate any page:

For QuickStart projects tap Edit/Rotate.  Each tap will rotate the selected page 90 degrees.
If you’ve gone into Setup, you can rotate from Setup.  Tap the Piece, tap Recrop, and Rotate.  Always rotate before cropping.

knitCompanion also supports mirroring charts.  Use Flip to create a mirror image.

Vertical Mirror Tap Flip Once
Horizontal Mirror Tap Flip Once and Rotate twice.


There is almost never a need to delete knitCompanion. Try these things when you encounter any issues or quirks on your iPad, including issues with the app store or in-app purchases, app downloads, etc.  Note these are not your normal “power off” steps.  Be sure to read each instruction closely.

  1. Close out of all apps – To do this, double-click the Home button, this will bring up thumbnail images of each open app. Swipe up on each thumbnail to close each app. This just quits the apps it does not delete them.
  2. Reboot the iPad – To do this:
    1. Press & hold both the Home and the Sleep/Wake buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears? It may take several seconds, but just keep holding until that logo appears.
    2. Continue to hold those buttons until the screen goes totally dark.
    3. Now press the power button again. It may take longer than normal, but in a few more seconds, your normal lock screen should appear.

This sequence often resolves mysterious issues.

There is almost never a need to delete knitCompanion.  Sometimes you just need to give the app a fresh start.  To restart any app:

  1. Double-click the Home button, this will bring up thumbnail images of each open app.  Scroll side to side to locate the app.
  2. Swipe up on an app to close it.
  3. Start the app again by tapping its icon on your device.

This just restarts the app it does not delete it.

If knitCompanion won’t open:

  1. Go to your iDevice’s Settings app (where you control screen brightness and other device settings).
  2. Scroll down to knitCompanion
  3. Flip the Bypass Last Project switch to ON.

If you have a specific project that won’t open, be sure to update iOS.

There is almost never a need to delete the app. If you knitCompanion is closing when you tap the PDFs or Projects button follow these steps:

  1. From the Home Page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right.
  2. Scroll down and turn OFF “Show Project Images”

If you are making a project or cropping a piece and the app closes, the PDF pages are blank, or text is missing/funny looking after you make a project you’ve hit a snag with the Apple PDF system.  We report these issues to apple and they are good about fixing them in future iOS updates.

Meanwhile, the good news is there is also an easy work around!

On your iPad:

  1. Take a screenshot of each page of the PDF using your iPad screenshot mechanism
  2. Use an app such as PDFProvider, CamScanner, etc to convert your screenshots (found in your Camera Roll on the device) to PDF.  Please note, knitCompanion is not associated with any third party app mentioned.  Different apps may have different features and different prices.  Please visit our Ravelry Group if you’d like to learn what apps others are using and why.
  3. Use the new PDF you’ve created with kC and your problem will be solved!

On a PC, use Adobe Reader and a free PDF print driver such as PrimoPDF or CutePDF:

  1. From your PC, open the PDF in question in Adobe.
  2. Tap Print, and then under Advanced select Print as Image.
  3. Select Primo or Cute as your print driver (this will produce a NEW PDF file instead of printing to paper)
  4. Select On Screen viewing as your desired target (this is especially easy in Primo)
  5. Use the new PDF you’ve created with kC and your problem will be solved!

On a Mac, use Automator and optionally a paid app to reduce the size of the PDF:

  1. Open Automator and create a new workflow.
    1. Workflow Step 1: “Get Specified Finder Items” (enter original PDF file here)
    2. Workflow Step 2: “Render PDF Pages as Images” (select 200dpi and maximum compression)
    3. Workflow Step 3: “New PDF from Images” (enter a new name for your regenerated PDF)
  2. Run Workflow.
  3. Optionally, send the resulting PDF to PDF Squeezer to further reduce size (this is a paid app and it will reduce image quality a tad but significantly reduces file size as well.  knitCompanion is not associated with any third party app).
  4. Save Workflow for future use.
  5. Use this new PDF with knitCompanion and your problem will be solved!

 

Sometimes you to re-authorize the link between knitCompanion and other systems.

  1. From the knitCompanion home page (5 big buttons) tap the gear upper right.
  2. Tap Sync (at bottom).
  3. Flip the switch for your troubled service Off.
  4. Return to the home page.  Next time you access that service you will be prompted to login.

If the problem persists it may be that the internet is slow, or the service is down temporarily.  Passwords can be reset from the external website for the service or shop.

This is because there is a filter set on your project list.  You may be missing only certain projects, or your project list may be totally empty depending on the definition of your filter(s).  You can tell if a filter is set because there will be a red “watermark” of a filter on your project list page as shown in the screenshot below.

photo

To remove filters:

  1. From the home page (5 big buttons) tap Projects.
  2. Tap the filter button in the upper right.
  3. Swipe on a filter in the list and tap Edit/Delete All.
  4. Use the breadcrumb to return to the Projects List page.

I setup my chart, cropping and entering visible rows and stitches at the top.  And now I don’t see my one-tap marker.  Where is it?

The one-tap marker is visible on the Knitting Page, not from setup.

  1. After you tap Save on the cropping page you will see the page shown below. This is not the Knitting Page and no row marker is shown.  Tap the breadcrumb in the upper left to return to main setup.  Tap once more to return to the main knitting page. IMG_1786
  2. Below is the Knitting Page.  It has counters (either 4 colored or a single number) at the bottom right (circled in red).  Be sure to tap your newly setup piece from the Piece Bar to select it for knitting. Scroll the Piece Bar side to side as needed to locate your new piece.
    1. If your selected piece is named Page x then its probably a QuickStart piece and not your new chart piece.
    2. If you don’t see the top part with all your pieces, be sure to tap the blue tab to bring it back into view.

IMG_1788

If you have scrolled along the top bar and don’t see your newly created chart, then you accidentally set it up as a Template.  Return to Setup and be sure to set it up as a piece.

The below steps are also demonstrated in this video.

Step1: Cropping to the edge
Crop all the way to the edges of the chart at its widest/tallest part, removing the row and stitch numbers the designer might have put in.

Step 2: Visible rows
How many rows are VISIBLE on the chart? Charts are really graph paper. Count the boxes vertically up the chart, each box is a row.

  • Remember, if wrong side rows aren’t charted, they aren’t visible, so in the pic below there are 16 visible rows, not 31.
  • Still having issues? Be sure to check the bottom row number. If it is not 1, adjust your visible row count accordingly. When in doubt, manually count boxes, sometimes the numbers are wrong. **

Step 3: Stitches
How many stitches are there from right to left edge of the crop? Charts are really graph paper. Count the boxes horizontally across the width of the chart. If there are “no stitch here” spots count those as stitches since even though you don’t have a stitch on your needle, it is taking up an actual spot in the width of your chart.

Step 4: Bottom Row and Increment
You can enter the row the chart starts on, and what it increments by. Just enter the number as it applies for the starting row for what is in front of you. And the increment indicates in the chart counts 1,2,3 (increment of 1) or 1,3,5 (increment of 2).

cropping

Need to fix a chart? From the main knitting page tap Setup. Then tap the piece for your chart. Then tap Recrop. From here you can adjust all the items above.

** A note on arithmetic: if your bottom row is not 1 and you decide to subtract the top row from the bottom, BE SURE TO ADD 1. The count of rows is the difference between top and bottom row PLUS ONE. if you need to prove this to yourself, consider a chart with a bottom row of 1 and top row of 10. 10-1=9. So be sure to add one to the difference!

App Registration and the Create2Thrive Shop are separate accounts.

App Registration Login:
  1. Forgot your username or password?
    1. Use the forgot? button to the left of the sign in fields and provide your account email. If your email is not found you must register before you can sign in.
  2. Be sure to use your username and password to sign in:
    1. Your username is included in the password reset email.
    2. Your username is probably not your email unless you set it that way.
    3. Usernames and passwords are CASE SENSITIVE.  You must type your username and password exactly correct.

If you don’t get a reset email check your junk and spam filter.  You should also at @knitCompanion.com to your safe sender list.  Still don’t see the email? Contact your email service provider for assistance. 

Create2Thrive Shop Login:
  1. Your shop account is not the same as your app registration account.  Be sure to create a shop account before attempting to login.
  2. Use the Lost Password link to reset your password.
  3. Passwords are CASE SENSITIVE.  You must type your email and password exactly correct.
  4. If you attempted to login repeatedly you may experience a short time-out. This security feature discourages hackers and brute force attacks on our website.

In general it can be tricky to type on a mobile device.  Pay close attention to auto-capitalization, spelling correction, and the use of special characters as those lead to the greatest number of login failures.



Download from App Store

backtotop

Support Ticket