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!). :)
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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.a Rafflecopter giveaway