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The free download of knitCompanion includes exclusive patterns from:

 

You can knit these sample patterns with the free app, exploring the features. To use the app with all your patterns, there is an optional in-app annual subscription. It includes a 7 day free trial, so you can use all the functionality with all your patterns for 7 days without charge.  See here to start your free trial.

knitCompanion requires Android 4.4/kitkat or higher, or Fire OS 5 and access to either the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store.

To activate your free 7 day trial please install and start the app:

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  2. Tap the Shopping Cart on the right.
  3. Subscribe to Essentials.  You will not be charged until the end of the trial period and you can cancel your subscription at any time during the trial period.
    1. About Google Play Subscriptions
    2. About Amazon App Store Subscriptions

knitCompanion is free to download and includes built-in samples for you to knit and explore the features of kC Essentials.  Click for a tour of kC Essentials.

The app also offers an optional in-app annual subscription purchase to use kC Essentials with all your patterns to create projects and track your progress. The subscription includes a 7 day free trial so you can explore the functionality using your own patterns. Cancel anytime during the free trial and you will not be charged.

The cost of an annual subscription varies based on local taxes and currencies.  You can see your local cost in the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store and from inside the app.

Subscribe to start your free trial:

  1. Install knitCompanion.
  2. Start the app.
  3. Tap the Shopping Cart on the right. If you don’t see the Shopping Cart, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  4. Subscribe.  Your subscription will begin with 7 free days, cancel anytime without being charged.

  1. Install knitCompanion and open the app.
  2. Tap the Shopping Cart on the right. If you don’t see the Shopping Cart, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  3. Subscribe to kC Essentials.  About our subscriptions.

All subscriptions are managed via the app store you purchased from:

By default knitCompanion will not sleep while you are knitting from a project. If you wish to allow your device to sleep while knitting:

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Uncheck Block Sleep Mode.

Here at Create2Thrive we use annual subscriptions for all our apps:

  • Subscriptions provide us ongoing revenue to fund upkeep and continuous improvements.
  • They let us keep your investment low. If you stop knitting or a better app comes along, you can simply move on. This keeps us highly motivated to continue improving our apps, and ensures you have the best app we can make.

 

Subscriptions put our customers in a position of leverage because you do not have to make a large up front investment and hope that we provide support and improvements. You can move on anytime something better comes along without losing a large purchase price. This keeps us motivated to ensure our apps are the best they can be, and we are working hard for you all the time.

We look forward to continuing to make great apps for you and appreciate your ongoing support for our work.

 


  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap the PDF button on the right.  Show Me

 

There are several ways to bring PDFs into knitCompanion depending on where they are stored:

PDFs in your Ravelry Library
  1. Tap Ravelry upper right  Show Me
    1. If you don’t see the Ravelry option be sure to tap PDFs on the right side first. Show Me
  2. Log in to Ravelry (if prompted).
  3. Tap any Library item to import the PDF.
  4. Tap Local to see the PDF and tap the local PDF to view it.

 

PDFs in your Dropbox
  1. Tap Dropbox upper right.  Show Me
  2. Log in to Dropbox (if prompted).
  3. Navigate your Dropbox and tap any PDF to import it.
    1. If you don’t see PDFs be sure to tap PDFs on the right side first.  Show Me
  4. Tap Local to see the PDF and tap the local PDF to view it.  Show Me

 

Use Open With from email and other apps
  1. Tap to preview or select Open With in your email or other app.
  2. Select knitCompanion.  The PDF will open in knitCompanion and be added to the local knitCompanion folder on your device.
  3. If you previously selected to “always use” a different app to Open With, you can change this in your device settings app under Default Applications. For assistance locating this option, please check with your device manufacturer.

 

PDFs stored on your device
  1. Navigate to any folder on your device by tapping the address bar.
  2. Tap any folder to view its contents.
    1. If you don’t see PDFs be sure to tap PDFs on the right side first.
  3. Tap any PDF to view it and optionally create a kCProject.
  4. To quickly return to knitCompanion’s local directory tap the House button next to the top line folder.  Show Me
  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap PDFs on the right side.  Show Me
  3. Tap Ravelry upper right.  Show Me
  4. Log in to your Ravelry account if prompted and allow knitCompanion access.
  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Dropbox upper right.  Show Me
  3. Log in to your dropbox if prompted and allow knitCompanion access.

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When the next clue to a mystery kal comes out you can add it to your existing project.  This is also useful if you want to make a single project using pages from different PDFs.

  1. Place the PDF you would like to add into your knitCompanion local directory.
  2. Open the project you would like to add pages to, and switch to Edit Mode.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Add Pages button.  Show Me
  4. Pick the PDF from your list of PDFs and tap Continue. You must have the PDF in your knitCompanion local directory to add it to your project.
  5. By default all pages are selected. You can select just the pages you need.   Show Me
  6. Tap Append Pages.

 

The new pages are added to your project after the existing pages.  You can scroll the pages at the top side to side if you need to.  You can now knit and edit anything on those pages using all the kC Essentials.

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Projects or PDFs.  Show Me
  3. Tap the arrow to expand the options.  Show Me
  4. Tap the (x) to delete the item.  Show Me

 

Caution: Delete is permanent. If you want to keep a copy of a project for later use, upload the project to Dropbox before deleting it.

We all have patterns in books, from websites, or that are documents other than PDF. There are many ways to transform just about anything into a PDF:

On a PC, many applications for web browsing and file editing offer a direct “Print as PDF” option. Alternately use a free PDF print driver such as PrimoPDF or CutePDF Writer:

  1. From your PC, open the file in question (maybe it is word, or a web page, etc)
  2. Tap Print, 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 or eBook viewing as your desired target (if you are using a different system and need to set a customized resolution, use ~150 DPI as a target).
  5. Use the new PDF you’ve created with kC and your problem will be solved!

 

On your Device, use a scanner app to transform images into PDF.  Images might be pictures you take of paper patterns using your device’s camera, or they might be screenshots of a magazine page or website. A few examples of scanner apps are CamScanner, Tiny Scanner, Fast Scanner, etc.


To use knitCompanion with a pattern you create a Project. A project contains all the additional information you use to track your progress as you knit. This includes the pattern PDF, counters, markers, colors, notes, highlights, and all your other tracking information. A project is completely self contained so you can sync it between devices and never lose your spot.

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap PDFs on the right.  Show Me
  3. Tap to open any PDF (How can I access my PDF library).
  4. By default all pages are selected. You can select just the pages you need for the project.   Show Me
  5. Tap Create Project in the upper right. You may be prompted to enter your knitter’s name so you can share the project with your other devices.

The easiest way to sync projects is to use Dropbox (see how to link Dropbox).

Upload to Dropbox:
  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap the arrow next to the project to expand your options.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Upload to Dropbox button.  Show Me
    1. If you don’t see the upload button, be sure to link to Dropbox.

 

Import from Dropbox:
  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Dropbox upper right.  Show Me
  3. Tap any project to import it. Once import completes, tap Local upper right.  Show Me

 

Your knitter’s name must match on each device.  Find your name by tapping the Menu button upper left and selecting Settings  (Show Me) . It is recommended that you keep your knitter’s name in a safe place in case of device failure. Please note your knitter’s name is case sensitive.

If you would rather not use Dropbox, you can use your computer and/or a micro-sd card (if supported by your device) to transfer kCProjects between devices and archive copies for safe keeping.

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When the next clue to a mystery kal comes out you can add it to your existing project.  This is also useful if you want to make a single project using pages from different PDFs.

  1. Place the PDF you would like to add into your knitCompanion local directory.
  2. Open the project you would like to add pages to, and switch to Edit Mode.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Add Pages button.  Show Me
  4. Pick the PDF from your list of PDFs and tap Continue. You must have the PDF in your knitCompanion local directory to add it to your project.
  5. By default all pages are selected. You can select just the pages you need.   Show Me
  6. Tap Append Pages.

 

The new pages are added to your project after the existing pages.  You can scroll the pages at the top side to side if you need to.  You can now knit and edit anything on those pages using all the kC Essentials.

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Projects or PDFs.  Show Me
  3. Tap the arrow to expand the options.  Show Me
  4. Tap the (x) to delete the item.  Show Me

 

Caution: Delete is permanent. If you want to keep a copy of a project for later use, upload the project to Dropbox before deleting it.


When you are working in a knitCompanion project (kCProject) there are 2 modes, Knit and Edit. You can switch between Knit and Edit mode anytime. To switch between Knit and Edit mode, tap the Mode button upper right.   Show Me

  • Knit Mode is where you will be when knitting from your project.
    • Counters, markers, keys, and more are available to track your way as you knit.
    • It is easy to tell you are in Knit Mode, there are colored counters on the right.
  • Edit Mode is where you can add highlights, notes, adjust your markers, rotate pages, add more pages, edit and set up counters, and more.
    • While in Edit Mode you may not see all the various tracking items that you see in Knit Mode.  This reduces clutter while you edit different types of items.
    • It is easy to tell you are in Edit Mode, there are tool buttons on the right.
    • From Edit Mode you can switch pages to edit several pages.  For example, if you would like to add highlights tap the Highlight button on the right. To add highlights to a different page, select a different page at the top.

 

 

You may have a pattern where the key is not on the same page as your knitting instructions.  With knitCompanion you can see both the key and instructions at the same time.  Set your key anytime you are in Knit Mode.

  1. If the bottom panel is not showing, tap the toggle at the top right.  Show Me
  2. Select the page that has your key or abbreviations.
  3. Long-tap (aka touch and hold) the Key button in the bottom left.  Show Me
  4. Zoom and position the key to your liking.  It is always available as you move between pages.
  5. To replace your key, repeat steps 2 and 3.

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Sometimes a pattern has one or more pages that are sideways. To rotate it upright:

  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Select the page at the top.
  3. Tap the Rotate Page button.  Show Me
  4. The page rotates 90 degrees clockwise with each tap.
  5. To rotate another page, repeat steps 1 and 2.

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You can highlight anything on any page.  A highlight is useful to mark sizes or other important information.  To add Highlights:

  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Highlight button  Show Me
  3. Select the page you want to highlight and zoom/scroll as needed.
  4. Tap the (+) to make a new highlight. There are 3 options for placing highlights:
    1. Tap to create a square highlight sized to mark a number/size.
    2. Drag horizontal to create a long rectangular highlight to mark a longer line of text.
    3. Drag diagonal to create a larger highlight box of any size.
  5. Adjust the highlight size using the red squares. Move the highlight by dragging it with your finger.
  6. Adjust the color and transparency by tapping the color button at the bottom.
  7. To make a new highlight, repeat steps 3-6.  When you have multiple highlights tap any highlight to select and edit it.  The selected highlight has a red handle in each corner.

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Every page of your pattern has 2 markers by default: a sliding row marker and a sliding stitch marker. Drag a marker to move it, moving a marker affects only the current page so you can drag on one page without losing your spot on other pages.

You can adjust the size, color, transparency, and invert settings on your markers, and you can have different marker choices for each page. To edit the settings for your markers:

  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Markers button.  Show Me
  3. Select the page you would like to edit.
  4. Use the controls at the bottom to set the width, color, transparency, and invert settings for the markers.  Note your changes here will not affect other pages.
  5. To change the markers on another page, repeat steps 2 and 3.

You can have general project notes and popup notes on any page.

Project Notes:

  1. To add or edit Project notes, switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Note button and type your notes in the bottom panel.   Show Me

Popup Notes:

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Popup Notes can be both typed and audio.

  1. To add a Popup Note, switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Popup Note button.  Show Me
  3. Select the page you want to add a note to.
  4. Tap the (+) to make a new note.
  5. Tap where you want to add the note. Move the note by dragging it with your finger.
  6. Type your note in the bottom, and to add an audio clip tap the audio button.
  7. Adjust the color and transparency by tapping the color button at the bottom.
  8. To make a new Popup Note, repeat steps 3-6.  When you have multiple notes tap any note to select and edit it.  The selected note is colorful while other notes are grey.

 

Adding Audio:

  1. Tap the Audio button on your note. Show Me
  2. Tap to select an existing audio from the list or tap the (+) to record a new audio.
  3. To play an audio, tap the down arrow.
  4. To add the selected audio to your note, tap the Choose button upper left.
  5. To leave without adding an audio, deselect any currently selected audio (tapping on an audio toggles its selection on/off) and tap Done.

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The simple counters are the 6 colored counters bottom right on the main knitting page.  To use the counter, tap on it to adjust by one.  There is a dot either above or below the counter that indicates if it increments or decrements. You can also change their color, label, and settings.  There is both a quick edit option and a full edit option:

Quick Edit is done from Knit Mode.  Long-tap (aka touch and hold) on the counter and a window opens so you can see the counter name, frog back one, or reset the counter.

Full Edit: To change the counter settings, switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me

  1. Tap the Simple Counter button.  Show Me
  2. Select the counter from the list on the left.
  3. Set its color and Name.
  4. Set if you want it to count up or down (tap the up/down arrow to toggle).
  5. Set its minimum and maximum.  For example, if it has a down arrow with a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 it will count 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1…

Watch Tutorial

When the next clue to a mystery kal comes out you can add it to your existing project.  This is also useful if you want to make a single project using pages from different PDFs.

  1. Place the PDF you would like to add into your knitCompanion local directory.
  2. Open the project you would like to add pages to, and switch to Edit Mode.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Add Pages button.  Show Me
  4. Pick the PDF from your list of PDFs and tap Continue. You must have the PDF in your knitCompanion local directory to add it to your project.
  5. By default all pages are selected. You can select just the pages you need.   Show Me
  6. Tap Append Pages.

 

The new pages are added to your project after the existing pages.  You can scroll the pages at the top side to side if you need to.  You can now knit and edit anything on those pages using all the kC Essentials.

kC Essentials comes with Linked Counters.  These are counters that are joined (linked) to a single button so you can advance all of the counters with a single tap. Show Me

Watch Tutorial for Using Linked Counters

There are 2 types of Linked Counters:

  • Repeat Counters: These counters loop through a number range.
    • You specify the number range, the starting row (or a manual start), and the number of times to repeat (zero for unlimited repeats).
    • For example: Your pattern rows use both a 4 row double seed-stitch pattern and a 10 row cable pattern. Use 2 repeat counters to always know which row of each pattern you are on for your current row of knitting.
  • Action Counters: These counters show a reminder at a given repeat interval.
    • You specify the action to take, the starting row (or a manual start), how often it should happen, and how many times it should happen.
    • For example: You need a reminder to do Waist Decreases every 2 rows a total of 8 times and a second reminder to place a Buttonhole every 10 rows 7 times.
    • Uses include reminders for increases, decreases, placing buttonholes, changing yarn, etc.

 

Watch Tutorial for Setting Linked Counters

To define or edit Linked Counters:

  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Linked Counters button.  Show Me
  3. Tap the (+) to add a counter and select Repeat or Action.
  4. Specify the details for your counter.  Show Me
  5. You can add as many of each type as you need.
  6. You can add new counters later, but they must start after your current row.

 

 

knitCompanion includes a built-in ruler so you can measure your work in progress anytime.

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Measure.  Show Me
  2. The ruler can run along the side or top of your device.
  3. The ruler can show Metric or Imperial.
  4. Tap Done to leave the ruler.

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Uncheck the link that has stopped working.
  3. Reset the link. You can relink anytime:
    1. How to link to Dropbox.
    2. How to link to Ravelry.

By default knitCompanion will not sleep while you are knitting from a project. If you wish to allow your device to sleep while knitting:

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Uncheck Block Sleep Mode.

If you experience issues with the Google Play store, please see this help link from Google.

Problems may include errors downloading the app, making in-app purchases, connecting to the app store, and purchase status not updating correctly.

Force stop any app

Use the Menu button:

  1. Tap the Menu button at the bottom of your device to view all running apps.
  2. Tap the X to quit an app.

 

Use the Settings app:

  1. Open the Settings app for your device.
  2. Select Apps (or Application Manager, the name is different based on your device).
  3. Tap the app.
  4. Tap the Force Stop button (or the Force Quit button, the name is different based on your device).

If you continue to have issues:

  1. Check to make sure you have at least 500M of available space:
    1. Access your device’s Settings app.
    2. Tap Storage.
  2. Power off and back on.
    1. Press the Power button and then tap to Power Off.
    2. Wait a minute.
    3. Turn your device back on.
  3. Do a hard reboot.
    1. Press and hold the Power and Down Volume buttons until the device shuts down.
    2. Then use the power button to turn it back on.
    3. Some devices use other key combinations, be sure to google instructions for your specific device if needed. Note: A hard reboot will NOT delete any of your personal data.  If you need to delete personal data use a factory restore in your device’s settings app.

 

Please note all of the above steps may vary based on your device.  If the above steps don’t match your device, be sure to google instructions for your specific device.

If you have a PDF causing trouble you can regenerate it.

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

  1. From your PC, open the PDF in question in Adobe or Primo.
  2. Tap Print, 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 or eBook viewing as your desired target (if you are using a different system and need to set a customized resolution, use ~150 DPI as a target).
  5. Use the new PDF you’ve created with kC and your problem will be solved!

 


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