Monday, September 24, 2012

Knitting Software Review & Giveaway!: Pick-A-Stitch




Software Title: Pick-A-Stitch
Compatibility: PC (Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7) or Mac (iOS 10.5 and above), Not iPad or Tablet compatible
Retail Price: $17.95 (USD) for the initial software, 6 Month subscription pkg is $8.95 (USD) or a 12 Month subscription pkg is $15.95 (USD)


If you are a design junkie, like I am, you've already got a collection of the staple stitch dictionaries.  Chances are the Barbara G. Walker Treasuries, the Stitchionary books & Harmony Guides are gracing your bookshelves. With the advent of Ravelry and several other electronic resources, doesn't it make sense to have stitch patterns at the click of your fingertips as well?  This is the aim of Pick-A-Stitch!  In this easy-to-navigate digital stitch collection software, stitch patterns are a click away. 


The initial software package comes with 130 stitches in full color, with written AND charted instructions!  Once you've installed the software program, getting started is easy as pie.  When you open the program, immediately you'll be greeted with a full-color, large image of a stitch pattern. (See pic above)
Atop of the picture, you'll see the stitch name as well as the stitch count necessary for that stitch and the amount of rows needed to complete the stitch.  Immediately below the picture, you will notice a horizontal menu that allows you to click through the Picture view, the Written instructions for that stitch pattern, the Charted instructions for that pattern, and your bookmarks. Below that menu is another horizontal menu that allows you to bookmark a stitch pattern!  This is extremely useful when designing.  If you are mixing different stitch patterns within a design, bookmarking all of the patterns in that design makes the design process very easy.  To the right of the pattern pic is a color menu.  This color menu is actually really helpful in design.  We've all seen those beautiful stitches that get lost in various colors or shades. Now you can click through common colors to get a feel for which color or palette may show your stitch pattern best.  To the left of the large pattern pic, you'll see thumbnail pics of all of the stitch patterns in the category you are browsing.  In the case of the picture above, you can visualize all of the thumbnails for the "Bobbles and Slip Stitches" category.  To the left of the thumbnails, there is a vertical menu bar of all of the available categories of stitches. 


I really like this software A LOT!  It's intuitive, easy-to-navigate, and offers bookmarking features that make designing a breeze.  The full colored photos of each stitch pattern are very clear and up close, making choosing an aesthetically pleasing stitch effortless. Having the stitch and row counts immediately accessible at the top of the screen is also tremendously helpful.  PJ Young Publishing sent me the software package along with 3 of the subscription libraries.  I was so smitten, I ordered the rest of the pattern libraries to complete my package. (Back issues are only $2/each!) After downloading the software and digital stitch libraries, I was able to browse, bookmark, and actually create an outline for a design right away.  Since I use my computer to collect patterns, to access knitting websites, and to create my patterns (written and charted), this was just an extension of how I already work.  I love that the software is expandable.  Subscription packages are extremely affordable and I've already subscribed to the 12 month pkg (in addition to the 6 month pkg they sent me for review!).  While I do not advocate pitching your hard copy stitch dictionaries, I do suggest you enhance your resource library with this electronic resource!  This would be a fantastic gift this holiday season for someone you know who dabbles in design (or for yourself!).  :)

But don't take my word for it!  PJ Young Publishing has generously donated a software program PLUS a 1-yr. subscription to one lucky reader of the KPG Blog!  Just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter Widget (below) to enter!  (1) lucky reader will be picked via Rafflecopter (randomly)!!

Disclosure: PJ Young Publishing sent KnitPurlGurl (1) copy of the Pick-A-Stitch software plus (3) back issues & a 6-month subscription FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding review.  All opinions expressed in the review are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of PJ Young Publishing.  All photos in this post belong to PJ Young Publishing.
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61 comments:

  1. I love to try out new stitches and it would be great to have one electronic place for all of them!

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  2. That looks like it would make adding texture to plain sweaters much easier!

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  3. This software looks great! I love using stitch dictionaries to get ideas and inspiration.

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  4. That looks really awesome, and I love the idea of the subscription too.

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  5. I love stitch dictionaries, but my craft room is very cluttered, so having this on my laptop will mean I can always find it when I need some inspiration!

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  6. What a fabulous idea! I really enjoy new stitch patterns.

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  7. i'm beginning to design so this would be awesome

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  8. Thanks for this review and giveaway. Having an electronic stitch dictionary would mean easy access on my laptop :)

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  9. What a great give away! Love love love

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  10. I work mainly from my computer and digital patterns... I haven't designed anything yet but I'd love to try it out eventually and the digital format is something I'd prefer to have as a reference... Quick and easy access!

    knitranslatezen on Ravelry

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  11. Wow, I would love to try this out!

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  12. I have always wanted to try this.I had no idea that you can subscribe and there are back issues.Even more intrigued.

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  13. I'm in desperate need of a stitch dictionary. It would be great to have access frim my computer.

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  14. Online stitch dictionary? Very interesting!

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  15. I love stitchionaries - what fun to have an electronic one!

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  16. It would be nice to have the bookmarking option. =0) I want to knit all the stitches. =0)

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  17. This program looks like a great value for the money!

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  18. I would love to be able to have all those lovely stitches in my computer where I can look at them any time I have the opportunity, not just when I am at home.

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  19. This, is a really genius concept. If I don't win, I'll have to sneak on by and pick it up for sure!

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  20. I have a few stitch dictionaries, but it would be so nice to have them handy on my Mac!

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  21. I think that an electronic version is great. Doesn't take up room in the bookshelf and it's easy to find exactly what you need. Thanks!

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  22. I would love this. I am still learning about different stitch patterns & this would be a great help. Plus, I would love to design my own patterns & could use the stitches for that.

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  23. I love to try out new stitches on afghan squares or dishcloths.

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  24. I would really love to design a sweater for each of my daughters. Having the stitch dictionary would help me really personalize them.

    greyowl (ravelry id)

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  25. What a great addition to anyone's library

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  26. As a relatively new knitter/designer I have been dying to get my hands on this software from the moment I first saw it! While I do love flipping through my modest hard-copy collection of stitch dictionaries and pattern books for inspiration when I get the chance, there's nothing quite like a digital copy to help make things a little more efficient! :D

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  27. I'm only beginning to build my stitch dictionary reference collection, and while old school bound book versions will always have a firm place in my home, this software could be an invaluable place to start.

    While I prefer printed paper and hard copies, I admit that I do most of my knitting work on my computer also. Thanks for letting us know about this software!

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  28. I haven't been knitting long so this would be a great resource.

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  29. I've been knitting since age 15. It is my passion. I would love, love, stitch software because you never stop learning and creating. Thank you for this opportunity!

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  30. I love to try out new stitches

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  31. This would be such a great addition to my knitting collection. A stitch dictionary would be so helpful.

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  32. What a great program for the knitting designer!

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  33. For me, it would be easier to store than having a big book of stitches - which would probably sit on my shelf and not get looked at much.

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  34. Oooh I would love it! Even though I have numerous books, I always go online to look things up instead. This would be perfect!

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  35. I absolutly LOVE this.. i would be in knitting heaven!!!

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  36. Love learning new things--this would go a long way teaching this old dog some new tricks:)

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  37. This is very exciting and generous.Just one more thing to reccommend an already fun site!

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  38. I love trying out new stitches! And I feel this book would be an excellent resource book.

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  39. Great resource for designing your own knit garments. Love knitting!!!

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  40. I'm constantly looking for new stitches when I design patterns and a lot of the time it's online anyway, so it would be cool to have an online resource for all the stitches I might be interested in.

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  41. Thank you KPG for this wonderful opportunity to win some truly amazing software!!

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  42. Also, this software would be a great resource for random projects that have just blank spaces. A great reference for other stitches as well!

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  43. looks fantastic! thanks for the give-away and chance to win!

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  44. I want to have a stitch dictionary wherever I take my knitting. I like to be prepared!

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  45. I have always wanted a stitch dictionary so I could really study what effect knits and purls have on making different designs or even pictures. As someone who lives in front of the computer on her off time, a digital stitch dictionary would be all sorts of helpful for me.

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  46. Having a resource like this accessed by computer would be a great convenience. I use the computer to alter designs. Sometimes a stitch substitution is a good idea. Having what you need right on the computer would really be a time saver. Also, the charts and knitting directions would be easier to enter into the changed directions.

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  47. It interests me because I want to learn to knit and I think this would be a great start.

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  48. I enjoy experimenting with new stitch patterns, you can never have enough resource material!

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  49. That looks like an amazing resource. SO much easier that lugging around a bunch of books!

    (InJuneau on Rav too)

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  50. I've always wondered how it worked and have wanted to buy it.

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  51. Oooh something crafty for the computer (yes i know there are others but I tend to not notice them DX im terrible at seeing them) Looks like its very interesting and useful.

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  52. An electronic stitch dictionary would be so great to design new scarfs, hats and afghans for my nieces, nephews and grandsons and it would be portable. I would not have to worry about looking for a book when I am out of the house.

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  53. I often find myself browsing through patterns on Rav to define the aesthetic I am looking for. Having this at my fingertips would mean that I could modify patterns to fit my needs or... dare I say it... design my own projects!

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  54. I just bought this program last week and would love to win the year subscription. I could always use more stitch designs for my shawl designs. :-))

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  55. Looks amazing. What a wonderful resource to have!

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  56. I can just imagine all the crazy knitting ideas I could come up with..

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  57. I would love to design my own scarf and cowl patterns.

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  58. I would love to create my own scarf and cowl patterns.

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  59. This would be amazing!
    Girlieknitwit on rav

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  60. Hi I have listened to you for so long. Now I have the chance to learn new stitch techniques..
    Purplefrog3 on Ravelry

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