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Join us for a walkthrough of knitCompanion. Using Legacy kC? Migrate to kC NextGen today.

Watch the Intro Tour to see kCNextGen for iOS in action.

kCBasics is free to use for all your patterns.
Essentials1 adds pattern markup and edit tools.
Setup+Essentials1 adds the Setup Tools.

This is a quick reference for Legacy kC users get an idea of some of the cool new features and sleek interface in kC NG. 

Watch the Quick Tour

NextGen Quick Guide (pdf)

 
kCBasics

 

     
  • Simplified interface with fewer screens and less navigation.
  • Supports iOS multi-tasking such as split screen and slide-over.
  • Six Simple Counters for each project.
  • Adjustable height bottom panel for ultimate screen flexibility.
  • Sliding Row and Stitch Markers for each page.
Essentials

 

     

 

  • Add text notes directly to your pattern without a popup.
  • Any number of simple counters that can count up or down and loop (3,2,1...3,2,1)
  • Easily add links for videos to any project.
  • No cropping required for Inverted Markers and Key.
  • Linked Counters provide action and repeat counters that advance together with a single tap. Linked Counters are similar to Smart Counters but are not tied to a specific piece and don't require cropping.

 

Setup+Essentials

 

     
  • Row Reminders and Smart Counters for Written Instructions
  • Check Grid enables you to check your setup in-line with a new grid visualizer. The grid adjusts as you crop for fine-tuning alignment.
  • Increased cropping precision so you can crop to exactly where you want.
  • Drag and Drop for multi-part pieces simplifies aligning parts by eliminating the need to enter alignment numbers manually.

 

1. Essentials and Setup+Essentials are enabled with an in-app purchase. All subscriptions purchased in Legacy kC restore as a Setup+Essentials subscription in iOS NextGen. Legacy licenses (non-subscription based in-app purchases) can't be restored into iOS NextGen. You can continue to use a legacy license in the Legacy kC App.

General PDFs & Projects kCDesigns Basics Essentials Setup Magic Markers Smart Counters Troubleshooting

 

Yes. knitCompanion is free to download and provides free access to kCBasics that you can use for all your patterns. Select your platform for details about the options:

  • kCBasics are free and provide basic features you can use for all your patterns.
  • Essentials 1 adds a variety of markup and editing tools in addition to the kCBasics.
  • Setup 1 adds the Setup Tools.


1. Essentials and Setup + Essentials are enabled with an in-app purchase. All subscriptions purchased in Legacy kC restore as a Setup + Essentials subscription in iOS NextGen. Legacy licenses (non-subscription) can not be restored into iOS NextGen. You can continue to use a legacy license in the Legacy kC App.

  • kCBasics are free and provide basic features you can use for all your patterns.
  • Essentials 1 adds a variety of markup and editing tools in addition to the kCBasics.


  1. Essentials are enabled with an in-app purchase. All in-app purchases are annual subscriptions. New subscriptions begin with a 7 day free trial to explore the features before purchasing.


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.

knitCompanion NextGen for iOS is available for any iOS device running iOS 9.3.5 or higher.

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

knitCompanion can also be used on Mac, PC, and some models of Windows Surface via the android emulator bluestacks.com.

To activate your free 7 day trial:

  1. Install the free app.
  2. If it doesn't say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  3. Tap the Shopping Cart on the right.  Show Me
  4. Subscribe to the option of your choice.  You will not be charged until the end of the trial period. If you cancel your subscription at any time during the trial period you won't be charged.
  5. If you have an active subscription you can view, change, or cancel it anytime:
    1. From the shop page tap Manage Subscriptions.
    2. From Apple App store or iTunes.


To activate your free 7 day trial:

  1. Install the free app.
  2. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  3. Tap the Shopping Cart on the right.
  4. 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 kCBasics. Prices for all in-app purchases can be found in the Apple App Store and inside the app.

  • kCBasics are free and provide basic features you can use for all your patterns.
  • Essentials 1 adds a variety of markup and editing tools in addition to the kCBasics.
  • Setup 1 adds the Setup Tools.


1. Essentials and Setup + Essentials are enabled with an in-app purchase. All subscriptions purchased in Legacy kC restore as a Setup + Essentials subscription in iOS NextGen. Legacy licenses (non-subscription) can not be restored into iOS NextGen. You can continue to use a legacy license in the Legacy kC App.

knitCompanion is free to download and includes kCBasics. Prices for all in-app purchases can be found in the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store, and inside the app.

  • kCBasics are free and provide basic features you can use for all your patterns.
  • Essentials 1 adds a variety of markup and editing tools in addition to the kCBasics.

1. Essentials are enabled with an in-app purchase. All in-app purchases are annual subscriptions. New subscriptions begin with a 7 day free trial to explore the features before purchasing.

How to Subscribe

  1. Install the free app.
  2. If it doesn't say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  3. Tap the Shopping Cart on the right.  Show Me
  4. Subscribe to the option of your choice.  You will not be charged until the end of the trial period. If you cancel your subscription at any time during the trial period you won't be charged.
  5. If you have an active subscription you can view, change, or cancel it anytime:
    1. From the shop page tap Manage Subscriptions.
    2. From Apple App store or iTunes.


  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. Tap Subscribe.  
    1. Purchase Options

Subscription Options

kC NextGen Subscriptions

All subscriptions purchased from the kC NextGen for iOS app can be managed from the App Store or from inside the app:

  1. If it doesn't say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  2. Tap the Shopping Cart on the right.  Show Me
  3. Tap Manage Subscriptions


Legacy kC Subscriptions

Subscriptions purchased from the Legacy kC app must be registered in order to be restored or used with kC NextGen for iOS. Once registered you can view your subscription and manage your Create2Thrive account from any browser:

  1. Login to your Create2Thrive account.
  2. From My Account tap the Apps tab.
  3. If you have a subscription registered it will appear.
    1. If you have a subscription in the app that you do not see in My Account/Apps then we recommend you register.
    2. If you have changed the email or password associated with your Create2Thrive Account, you need to login again.
  4. From My Account you can update your email and other account details.


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

  1. If it doesn't say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  2. Tap Shop on the right side.  Show Me
  3. Tap Restore Purchases and see below for instructions based on your purchase type.


Subscriptions purchased in NextGen

  1.  Tap NextGen Subscription.
  2. Sign in to your Apple App Store account if prompted.


Legacy kC Subscriptions (C2T Account)

  1. Tap Legacy Subscription.
  2. Sign in to your Create2Thrive account if prompted.
  3. A subscription from Legacy kC will become a Setup+Essentials subscription in kC iOS NextGen. For example, if you have a Magic Marker subscription that expires Oct 5, 2019 it will be treated as a Setup+Essentials subscription in iOS NextGen expiring Oct 5, 2019.


There may be a short delay while your information is being retrieved from the server.

 

Both Google Play and Amazon will automatically restore your in-app purchases once you download the free app. You MUST:

  1. Use the same app store as your original purchase.
  2. Use the same account in the app store as your original purchase.


It can take a few minutes for your device's local app store cache to refresh itself. If it does not do so, you can reset the app store cache



  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings. Show Me
  2. The app version is under General.


The current version of knitCompanion NG for iOS is 2.0.12. Visit the Apple App Store to update if needed.

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Goto Manage Apps
  3. Select knitCompanion, you will see the version of the app you have installed.


These steps may vary slightly based on your version of Android OS and device's manufacturer. Use a websearch to locate specific instructions for your device if needed.

The latest version of knitCompanion Android is 1.1.9. From your device, visit the app store you downloaded the app from in order to update.

Google Play

Amazon App Store

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.

 

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. Turn off Block Sleep Mode.

 

  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.
View PDFs that are already in knitCompanion
  1. If it doesn't say Home at the top, 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. Show Me


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 other apps
  1. View the PDF in Safari, email, or other apps
  2. Tap the Share or Open With button. It often looks like a box with an arrow pointing out. In some apps it will be in a submenu. Check with the app provider if you require further assistance.
  3. Select knitCompanion NG. You may need to scroll to the app, your list of apps can be re-arranged using More.
View PDFs that are already in knitCompanion
  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. If it doesn't say Home at the top, 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.

  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.

  1. If it doesn't say Home at the top, 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 rename to enter the new name.  Show Me
  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 copy and name the new copy.  Show Me

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:

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.

 
Web Pages (HTML) to PDF
  • Many of the above apps will not only convert your scans and camera roll images to PDF, but also any web pages.
  • Many web browsers for both Windows and Mac offer an option to print as PDF. This option will be available from the print menu. If your browser of choice doesn't offer this option, there are many free plugins. Here is a small sample:
  • There are many websites that offer free conversion of any URL to a PDF:


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.

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.

  1. If it doesn’t say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Project, PDF, or kCDesign on the right side.  Show Me
  3. Search and Sort using the controls in the Search Bar.   Show Me

 

To set the default Sort By for projects:

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Select to Sort By either Name or Date.

 

  1. If it doesn’t say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap PDFs on the right side.  Show Me
  3. Tap the arrow to expand the options.  Show Me
  4. Tap the share button. Show Me
  1. If it doesn't say Home at the top, 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
    1. If you don't see the Ravelry option be sure to tap PDFs on the right side first. 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 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. If it doesn't say Home at the top, 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.
  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.

Knitter’s Name

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.

The easiest way to sync projects is to use Dropbox. If you would rather not use Dropbox, you can use your computer and iTunes File Sharing.

Upload to Dropbox:
  1. If it doesn't say Home at the top, 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


Download 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.

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

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.


Download 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

Packing a project will remove all the temporary (cache) files associated with a project. This includes things like thumbnail images and other items that the app can recreate from the project. Packing can reduce the amount of space a project uses on your device, and sometimes clears up any issues you might have with a specific project. Once a project is packed it may take longer to open the next time as the app has to recreate these temporary files. When a project is uploaded to Dropbox, these temporary files are not included in the upload which saves you bandwidth and space in your Dropbox.

How to pack a project
  1. If it doesn't say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Projects.  Show Me
  3. Tap the arrow to expand the options and tap Pack.  Show Me
  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Tap Pack Projects.

You can select multiple projects or PDFs and take action on all of them at once. Actions include upload to Dropbox, Pack (for projects), and Delete.

  1. If it doesn’t say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Projects or PDFs.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Multi-Select button.  Show Me
  4. Select one or more files and tap the button for the desired action.  Show Me

Add new pages to your existing project anytime. This is super helpful when working a mystery KAL, so you can add each new clue to your project.

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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.How to add a PDF to knitCompanion.
  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 needed.

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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 needed.


 

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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.

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There are hundreds of kCDesigns are available for purchase online at Create2Thrive and Patternfish.

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.  Be sure to 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.

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.
  1. If it doesn’t say Home at the top, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home.  Show Me
  2. Tap Project, PDF, or kCDesign on the right side.  Show Me
  3. Search and Sort using the controls in the Search Bar.   Show Me

 

To set the default Sort By for projects:

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Select to Sort By either Name or Date.

 

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kCDesigns are available from Create2Thrive and Patternfish.

Download from Create2Thrive

  1. If you aren’t already on the Home Page, tap the Menu button upper left and select Home. Show Me
  2. Tap Designs on the right.  Show Me
  3. Tap Create2Thrive upper right.
  4. You may be prompted to login, do so using your Create2Thrive account. If you don’t have an account you can sign up.
  5. Tap a kCDesign to download it.
  6. Tap Local upper right to view your downloaded kCDesigns.

 

Download from Patternfish

  1. Using Safari or another browser on your device login to Patternfish.com
  2. View your Patternfish stash and download the kCDesign
  3. Select to Open In knitCompanion Next Gen.

 


 

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Sometimes a pattern has one or more pages that are sideways.

If your project is a Basic or Essentials project, Rotate in Knit Mode.  Show Me

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


If you have used setup for your project, Rotate in Setup Mode.  Show Me

  1. Select your piece at the top.
  2. Tap Crop
  3. Tap Rotate. Be sure to rotate your piece before cropping and adding extras such as row reminders.
  4. To mirror, tap the mirror button next to rotate. Mirror is horizontal. This will mirror the page. Tap mirror again to “unmirror”.

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

  1. Select the page at the top.
  2. Tap the Rotate Page button.  Show Me


The page rotates 90 degrees clockwise with each tap. To rotate another page, repeat steps 1 and 2. Rotate is available in Knit Mode.  Show Me

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Every page of your pattern has 2 markers by default: a sliding row marker and a sliding stitch marker.

  1. 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.
  2. The sliding markers default to the center of the page so you may need to scroll or zoom to bring them into view when you first create a project.
 

Adjust Sliding Markers (kCEssentials)

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

  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.  
  5. Your changes here will not affect other pages. 
    1. To change the markers on another page, repeat steps 2 and 3.
    2. To set your preferred default, tap the Menu and select Settings.  Show Me


About the Inverted Marker (kCEssentials)

The inverted row marker is unique to knitCompanion. It can be any color, below it is shown in gray. See instructions above to adjust your sliding markers.

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Every page of your pattern has 2 markers by default: a sliding row marker and a sliding stitch marker.

  1. 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.
  2. The sliding markers default to the center of the page so you may need to scroll or zoom to bring them into view when you first create a project.
 

Adjust Sliding Markers (kCEssentials)

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

  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.


About the Inverted Marker (kCEssentials)

The inverted row marker is unique to knitCompanion. It can be any color, below it is shown in gray. See instructions above to adjust your sliding markers.

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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 Show Me .  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 (kCEssentials): 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. You can customize the counters for each of your projects
    1. Set its color and Name.
    2. Set if you want it to count up or down (tap the up/down arrow to toggle).
    3. 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...
    4. Add or delete counters.

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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 (kCEssentials): 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. You can customize the counters for each of your projects
    1. Set its color and Name.
    2. Set if you want it to count up or down (tap the up/down arrow to toggle).
    3. 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...
    4. Add or delete counters.

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 show Metric or Imperial.
  3. Tap Done to leave the ruler.

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.

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The project timer runs automatically while you are in knit mode. Each project has its own timer so you can track the time spent knitting each project.

View Project Timer:
  1. If the bottom panel is not showing, tap the toggle at the top right.  Show Me
  2. You can adjust the size of the bottom panel with the blue handle.
  3. Tap the Project Info button.  Show Me
    1. Project Notes show by default.
    2. Tap Project Info again to show the Timer.  


Customize Project Notes, Timer, and Video (kC Essentials):

Sometimes, you'll want to add or remove time manually. To do so:

  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Info button.   Show Me
  3. Tap the Timer button at the bottom left to adjust the hours and minutes tracked for your project. Show Me
  4. Tap the Video button to add links to YouTube and Vimeo videos. You can add as many as you like. Tap the Project Info button in Knit Mode to toggle through the videos you've added.

The project timer runs automatically while you are in knit mode. Each project has its own timer so you can track the time spent knitting each project.

View Project Timer:
  1. If the bottom panel is not showing, tap the toggle at the top right.  Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Info button. Tap it a second time to toggle between the Project Notes and Project Timer.


Customize Project Notes and Timer (kC Essentials):

Sometimes, you'll want to add or remove time manually. To do so:

  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Info button.   Show Me
  3. Tap the Timer button on the left side to adjust the hours and minutes tracked for your project.  Show Me
Each page of your project has a You Are Here Marker.




To use it:

  1. From Knit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Touch and hold the screen where you'd like to place the marker.
  3. Touch and hold a new spot to move the marker.
  4. Touch and hold on the marker to set it off to the side.


Adjust the color of the marker and turn it off from Settings.  Show Me

Each page of your project has a You Are Here Marker.




To use it:

  1. From Knit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Touch and hold the screen where you'd like to place the marker.
  3. Touch and hold a new spot to move the marker.
  4. Touch and hold on the marker to set it off to the side.


The marker is designed to work smoothly with the sliding markers and other touch items such as notes. As such you won't be able to place the You Are Here marker directly on top of these other items.

Yes

  • In Knit or Edit mode long tap on the piece. Its name will appear in a popup. Tap the background to close the popup.
  • In Setup the piece name will always appear in the bottom panel.

 

 

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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.How to add a PDF to knitCompanion.
  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 needed.

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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 needed.

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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 several options for creating 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.
    4. If your selected piece is a Chart Piece, chose Stitch Marker and tap to place your vertical stitch marker. It can be dragged side to side anywhere on the chart.
  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.


To highlight another piece, select it at the top. To highlight a key or template select the category upper left.

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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.

You can add general project notes, type notes directly on a page, and add popup notes to any page.

Project Notes

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Project Notes are part of Project Info and can be edited in Knit and Edit mode.

Text and Popup Notes

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  1. To add a Text or Popup Note, switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Note button.  Show Me
  3. Select the page you want to add a note to from across the top. If you don't see your pages across the top, tap the top toggle.   Show Me
  4. Tap the (+) to make a new note.
    1. Popup will make a note with a tappable icon that will pop up the note in Knit Mode. 
    2. Text will allow you to type in your note directly on the page. 


Adjusting Popup Notes

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  1. Tap where you want to add the note. Move the note by dragging it with your finger.
  2. Type your note in the bottom, and to add an audio clip tap the audio button.
  3. Adjust the color and transparency by tapping the color button at the bottom.
  4. When you have multiple notes on a page tap any note to select and edit it.  The selected note is colorful while other notes are grey.
  5. To adjust the text content of a popup form Knit Mode, popup the note and tap in the text area.
  6. Adding Audio to Popup Notes
    1. Tap the Audio button.
    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. To leave without adding an audio, deselect any currently selected audio (tapping on an audio toggles its selection on/off) and tap Done.
 
Adjusting Text Notes

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  1. Tap to place your note
  2. Type your note.
  3. You can drag the red squares to adjust the size and shape of your note. The text inside will resize to fit.
  4. You can adjust the backing color and the text color.
  5. To edit the text, tap the Edit Text button.

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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  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.
  9. Adding Audio to Popup Notes
    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. To leave without adding an audio, deselect any currently selected audio (tapping on an audio toggles its selection on/off) and tap Done.

kC Essentials includes 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

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There are 2 types of Linked Counters
  1. Repeat Counters: These counters loop through a number range.
    1. You specify the number range, the starting row (or a manual start), and the number of times to repeat (zero for unlimited repeats).
    2. 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.
  2. Action Counters: These counters show a reminder at a given repeat interval.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Uses include reminders for increases, decreases, placing buttonholes, changing yarn, etc.


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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.

kC Essentials includes 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.


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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.

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Project Info provides a project timer, project notes, and the option to link videos to your project.

Project Notes can be added while in Knit Mode or Edit Mode. Tap the Project Info button and tap in the Project Notes area. 

The project timer runs automatically while you are in knit mode. Each project has its own timer so you can track the time spent knitting each project.

View Project Timer
  1. Switch to Knit Mode.   Show Me
  2. If the bottom panel is not showing, tap the toggle at the top right.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Project Info button. Tap it a second time to toggle to the Project Timer.   Show Me


Customize Project Timer
  1. Switch to Edit Mode.  Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Notes button.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Timer button on the left side to adjust the hours and minutes tracked for your project.  Show Me
Add Video Links
  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Info button.   Show Me
  3. Tap the Video button to add links to YouTube and Vimeo videos.  Show Me
    1. You can name your video, this name will appear in Knit Mode when the video is selected.
    2. The link is a standard share (sometimes called embed) link.


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  1. If the bottom panel is not showing, tap the toggle at the top right.  Show Me
  2. You can adjust the size of the bottom panel with the blue handle.  Show Me
  3. Tap the Project Info button.  Show Me
    1. Project Notes show by default.
    2. Tap Project Info again to show the Timer, and one more time to access your videos.
    3. If you have more than one video, continue to tap Project Info to advance to the next video.
  4. You can play and pause the video, bring it Full Screen, or make it PIP.  Show Me

Project Info provides project notes and a project timer.

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


Project Timer

The project timer runs automatically while you are in knit mode. Each project has its own timer so you can track the time spent knitting each project.

View Project Timer

  1. If the bottom panel is not showing, tap the toggle at the top right.  Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Info button. Tap it a second time to toggle between the Project Notes and Project Timer.


Customize Project Timer (kC Essentials)

Sometimes, you'll want to add or remove time manually. To do so:

  1. Switch to Edit Mode.   Show Me
  2. Tap the Project Notes button.   Show Me
  3. Tap the Timer button on the left side to adjust the hours and minutes tracked for your project.  Show Me

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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 Show Me .  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 (kCEssentials): 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. You can customize the counters for each of your projects
    1. Set its color and Name.
    2. Set if you want it to count up or down (tap the up/down arrow to toggle).
    3. 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...
    4. Add or delete counters.

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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 (kCEssentials): 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. You can customize the counters for each of your projects
    1. Set its color and Name.
    2. Set if you want it to count up or down (tap the up/down arrow to toggle).
    3. 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...
    4. Add or delete counters.

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Every page of your pattern has 2 markers by default: a row marker and a sliding stitch marker (show me)Your row marker will be either the sliding row marker or a one-tap marker.

  1. Drag a siding 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.
  2. The sliding markers default to the center of the page so you may need to scroll or zoom to bring them into view when you first create a project.
 

Adjust Markers (kCEssentials)

You can adjust the size, color, transparency, and invert settings for your markers on each page. About paid options and cost.

  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 the the size of the one-tap marker is defined in setup.
  5. Your changes here will not affect other pages. 
    1. To change the markers on another page, repeat steps 2 and 3.
    2. To set your preferred default for new projects and pieces, tap the Menu and select Settings.  Show Me


About the Inverted Marker (kCEssentials)

The inverted row marker is unique to knitCompanion. It can be any color, below it is shown in gray. See instructions above to adjust your markers.

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Every page of your pattern has 2 markers by default: a sliding row marker and a sliding stitch marker.

  1. 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.
  2. The sliding markers default to the center of the page so you may need to scroll or zoom to bring them into view when you first create a project.
 

Adjust Sliding Markers (kCEssentials)

You can adjust the size, color, transparency, and invert settings for your markers on each page. About paid options and cost.

  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.


About the Inverted Marker (kCEssentials)

The inverted row marker is unique to knitCompanion. It can be any color, below it is shown in gray. See instructions above to adjust your sliding markers.


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 in Knit Mode.  Show Me

  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. If you don't see your pages across the top, use the toggle at the top right. Show Me
  3. Long-tap (aka touch and hold) the Key button in the bottom left.  Show Me
  4. To replace your key, repeat steps 2 and 3.  The key you set is always available as you move between pages.
  5. To remove your key, select the page the key is showing and log tap the key button.


Adjust your View

  1. Zoom and position the key to your liking. knitCompanion will remember your setting.
  2. You can also adjust the height of the bottom panel.   Show Me

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 in Knit Mode.  Show Me

  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.

 


 

Yes, you can delete any piece, key, or template.

  1. Switch to Setup.   Show Me
  2. Select your Piece, Key, or Template and tap Delete.  Show Me

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  1. Switch to Setup.   Show Me
  2. Tap Add.  Show Me
  3. Select Text Piece, Chart Piece, Key, Text Template, or Chart Template.
  4. Select the PDF page you want to use and Tap Next.
  5. Crop your piece by dragging diagonally over the part you’d like to crop. You can adjust your crop by dragging the crop lines.
  6. Enter the number of rows and stitches for written or charted instruction pieces where you’d like a one-tap marker.

Not familiar with Setup? See here.

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Watch Join Charts

  1. Tap Join.   Show Me
  2. Select the PDF page you want to use and Tap Next.
  3. Crop your piece by dragging diagonally over the part you’d like to crop. You can adjust your crop by dragging the crop lines.
  4. If you are adding for a chart, enter the number of rows and stitches for your new part. Use Grid Check to check your work and make any adjustments.
  5. Tap Align
  6. Your new part will have a border, and you can drag it into proper position.
  7. Zoom and scroll to check your work. If you need to make a change, tap Edit at the top. To back out of Join without saving, tap the (x) upper left.
  8. When you like what you have, tap Save. Don’t see save? You must be in Align in order to save.

Yes, you can copy any piece, key, or template.

  1. Switch to Setup.   Show Me
  2. Select your Piece, Key, or Template and tap Copy.  Show Me

Yes, you can rename any piece, key, or template.

  1. Switch to Setup.   Show Me
  2. Select your Piece, Key, or Template and enter a new name.  Show Me

Yes. You can change the order of your pieces, keys or templates.

  1. Switch to Setup.  Show Me
  2. Long tap on a piece at the top and drag it to a new spot.  Show Me

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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 a chart that counts 1, 3, 5…15 has 8 visible rows.
  • 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. In the same vein if your chart has repeat sections, they only count once even if you have more stitches on your needles.

Step 4: First Row and Count By
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).

Step 5: Check the Grid
You can check the results of your work using Check Grid. This will overlay a colored grid-line on your chart. The grid lines should match your chart’s grid lines. If they don’t be sure to recheck your edges and your Visible Rows and Stitches. The default grid color is yellow. If you have a hard time seeing it, you can change the grid color in settings.  Show Me

Bad Grid CheckThe grid lines do NOT match the chart. Good Grid CheckThe grid lines match the chart.

 

** 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!

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Reminders are additional information you’d like to appear as you move your one tap marker. They can be used for anything including the option to see the written and charted instructions for each row at the same time.  You can add reminders to any piece, written or charted, that has a one-tap marker.

  1. Switch to Setup.   Show Me
  2. Select the piece you’d like to add reminders to.
  3. Tap Reminders.  Show Me
    1. If you don’t see the Reminder button be sure your selected piece has at least one visible row.
  4. You can add a reminder to any row of your piece.  Show Me
    1. If your piece counts by 2 you can add reminders to both the visible rows and the “in between” rows.
    2. Reminders can consist of any combination of a typed note, audio note, and cropped piece.
    3. You can copy the selected reminder to other rows of your piece.
    4. You can delete the selected reminder.
  5. Tap the arrow upper left to return to main setup.

 

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Magic Markers find, color, and count the stitches in your chart. No need to hunt for all the k2tog, select a sample stitch, tap the wand, and Magic Marker finds the rest.

With Magic Markers you can:

  1. Color-code stitches.  Want your ssk blue and your k2tog green?  Or make all 2×2 left cables blue and 2×2 right cables red?
  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.

 

Magic Markers are available for Charts. Add Magic Markers in Edit Mode.  Show Me

How to tell a chart piece with a one-tap marker:

  1. Switch to Knit Mode.   Show Me
  2. The one-tap Marker is on the right side.  Show Me
  3. Your selected piece must be a chart.

 

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). There are hundreds of kCDesigns available from over 80 designers. And our shop is linked to Ravelry so there is no need to repurchase the pattern.
  2. Tell kC about your chart using Setup. Be sure to get your chart defined correctly, see how.

 

 

Watch Intro  

Magic Markers work with any chart that has a one tap marker, even paper scans.

Where can I find Magic Markers

There are 2 types of Magic Markers:

Magic Markers
Watch Tutorial  
With Magic Markers you select a sample of the stitch, tap the wand, and the system finds all the matching stitches.

  1. Tap the Blue+ and select Magic Marker
  2. Tap the sample stitch.  The best sample will generally be placed in the center area of the chart rather than at the edges.
  3. Tap the Wand and it will find all the matches.
  4. You can adjust the wand sensitivity and manually trim the search results by tapping a stitch to toggle it on/off.
  5. You can set the wand to search based on color or grey.
  6. Once the correct stitches are found, you can set color, transparency and count.

 

Custom Markers
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Similar to Magic Markers but without the wand, these are useful for marking specific stitches. Examples including marking bead placement or errata, and counting longer runs of non-matching stitches.

  1. Tap the Blue+ and select Custom Marker
  2. Tap each stitch you’d like to mark (tap a stitch again to toggle it off)
  3. Set the color, transparency and optional count.

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

Watch Tutorial  

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.

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.

Watch Tutorial  

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.

Watch tutorial

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 a chart that counts 1, 3, 5…15 has 8 visible rows.
  • 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. In the same vein if your chart has repeat sections, they only count once even if you have more stitches on your needles.

Step 4: First Row and Count By
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).

Step 5: Check the Grid
You can check the results of your work using Check Grid. This will overlay a colored grid-line on your chart. The grid lines should match your chart’s grid lines. If they don’t be sure to recheck your edges and your Visible Rows and Stitches. The default grid color is yellow. If you have a hard time seeing it, you can change the grid color in settings.  Show Me

Bad Grid CheckThe grid lines do NOT match the chart. Good Grid CheckThe grid lines match the chart.

 

** 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!


 

Watch Intro to Smart Counters

Smart Counters provide a way to keep track of repeats and additional instructions such as shaping while you are knitting from written or charted instructions. There are 2 types of Smart Counters, Row Repeats and Shaping Counters.  Show Me

  • Row Repeats are used when you need to repeat a subset of rows a certain number of times before continuing on  Show Me
  • Shaping Counters are used to keep track of additional instructions such as shaping, placing buttonholes, changing yarn colors etc  Show Me

 

 

Watch Row Repeat Tutorial

Row Repeats are used when you need to repeat a subset of rows a certain number of times before continuing on. You can add reminders to any piece, written or charted, that has a one-tap marker.  Show Me  

  1. Switch to Setup.   Show Me
  2. Select the piece you’d like to add reminders to.
  3. Tap Smart Counters.  Show Me
    1. If you don’t see the Smart Counter button be sure your selected piece has at least one visible row.
  4. You can set some basic information about your piece, including how many times to repeat the entire piece Show Me
  5. Tap the Blue+ on the right side to add a Row Repeat.  Show Me
  6. Drag your repeat to cover the Rows you want to repeat.  Show Me
    1. For written instructions always add repeats from the top down.
    2. For charted instructions always add repeats from the bottom up.
    3. Set the number of times you’d like to repeat the selected row. Set the color for your repeat.
    4. Add as many repeats as needed.
  7. Tap the arrow upper left to return to main setup.

 

 

Watch Shaping Counter Tutorial

Shaping Counters are used to keep track of additional instructions such as shaping, placing buttonholes, changing yarn colors etc. You can add Shaping Counters to any piece, written or charted, that has a one-tap marker.  Show Me  

  1. Switch to Setup.   Show Me
  2. Select the piece you’d like to add reminders to.
  3. Tap Smart Counters.  Show Me
    1. If you don’t see the Smart Counter button be sure your selected piece has at least one visible row.
  4. You can set some basic information about your piece, including how many times to repeat the entire chart Show Me
  5. Tap the Blue+ on the right side to add a Shaping Counter.  Show Me
  6. Set the information for your Shaping Counter including the start row or manual start reminder, name, and color.  Show Me
  7. Every Shaping Counter has at least one Step. The Step is where you will put the details of your shaping.  Show Me
    1. Name your step
    2. Set how often it should appear (for example every 10 rows)
    3. How many times it happens (for example 9 times), or set it to continue Until you manually stop it.
    4. Your step can have an audio reminder as well as either a piece cropped from the PDF or a typed note.
  8. Your shaping counter can have as many steps as needed.
    1. Steps within a Shaping Counter happen in order. The first step goes first and when it finishes the next step starts. The Shaping Counter is complete once all its steps are complete.
    2. To add a new step, select your Shaping Counter or one of its steps and tap the Blue + on the right side.  Show Me
      1. If you don’t see Shaping Step as an option be sure to select an existing Shaping Counter or one of its steps.
    3. To re-order steps within a Shaping Counter, drag the step using the grey handles to the right of its name.
  9. You can define as many Shaping Counters as needed. Shaping Counters work in parallel. In our example we need to shape the waist at the same time as we place buttonholes so we have used 2 Shaping Counters.
  10. Tap the arrow upper left to return to main setup.

 

 


 

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. Turn off Block Sleep Mode.
  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Turn off the service that has stopped working. Don't see a service listed? You aren't linked to that service.
  3. Relink:
    1. How to link to Dropbox
    2. How to link to Ravelry
  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Uncheck the service that has stopped working. Don't see a service listed? You aren't linked to that service.
  3. Relink:
    1. How to link to Dropbox
    2. How to link to Ravelry

Follow the steps below to resolve any issues or quirks on your iOS device, 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.


Force stop any app

  • Use the Menu button
    • Tap the Menu button at the bottom of your device to view all running apps.
    • Tap the X to quit an app.
  • Use the Settings app
    • Open the Settings app for your device.
    • Select Apps (or Application Manager, the name is different based on your device).
    • Tap the app.
    • 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 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.  The most important thing is to make sure you are updated to the latest version of iOS available for your device. If you still experience an issue using the most recent version of iOS, there is 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!

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!


TODO

You can reset any of the built-in content included in the app (such as the sample projects). You may also need to reset the content after updating your device OS or if space runs low on your device.

  1. Tap the Menu button upper left and select Settings.  Show Me
  2. Tap RESET BUILT-IN CONTENT button

Watch tutorial

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 a chart that counts 1, 3, 5…15 has 8 visible rows.
  • 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. In the same vein if your chart has repeat sections, they only count once even if you have more stitches on your needles.

Step 4: First Row and Count By
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).

Step 5: Check the Grid
You can check the results of your work using Check Grid. This will overlay a colored grid-line on your chart. The grid lines should match your chart’s grid lines. If they don’t be sure to recheck your edges and your Visible Rows and Stitches. The default grid color is yellow. If you have a hard time seeing it, you can change the grid color in settings.  Show Me

Bad Grid CheckThe grid lines do NOT match the chart. Good Grid CheckThe grid lines match the chart.

 

** 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!



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