Crochet Charts Software Now Includes New Stitch Library for Tunisian Crochet Designers
For years, crochet designers have begged and pleaded for an easy-to-use, affordable software solution for crochet charts. Two years ago, Brian Milco, from Stitch Works Software, answered our prayers with the release of Crochet Charts.
“It has been quite a ride! I’ve had a good response from people all around the country and the world. I’ve had sales in 44 US states and territories, and 47 countries on 6 continents. And from them, I’ve had a lot of really good feedback that I’ve tried to incorporate into each subsequent release and into my plans for the future of the software,” explains Brian.
Recently, Brian partnered with Wheat Carr, owner of ItsAllJustString.com, and Tunisian crochet designer Kim Guzman to create a basic stitch library for those of us who enjoy designing with the long hook. “Wheat was the one to suggest the partnership; she facilitated the process and kept us from dropping the ball, even when I had a full schedule,” Brian continues.
The Tunisian crochet stitch library contains a set of 16 basic stitches and is available as a free download for those who already have the Crochet Charts software. “I had Brian’s software from the moment it was introduced. It is a fantastic software and just what the market needed. I have wanted software like this for at least a decade and I felt that the addition of Tunisian crochet symbols would be outstanding,” adds Kim. In fact, Kim recently published Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide, which is the perfect companion for the Crochet Charts Tunisian crochet stitch library. The Tunisian crochet stitch library can be used to create all of the stitch patterns in Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide. Although she was unable to use the software while writing this book, she looks forward to using it in the future.
“[The Tunisian crochet stitch library] would have made writing my book a lot easier. I usually chart my stitch pattern after I’ve finished writing it out. It’s my method of double-checking the written text,” Kim explains. “Something wonderful happened one day when I was working on some designs and I needed to chart them out first. During the charting process, in order to make a nice clean chart, I inadvertently discovered a method that allows you to make Tunisian cables that actually sit up on the fabric instead of embedded inside the fabric. It was a complete fluke. I don’t think I ever would have tried it if I hadn’t been attempting to fill in spaces on the chart. It’s just amazing what happens when you look at something in a different way. With one of my next projects, I have to do a lot of prior planning of extensive cabling. I plan on charting the entire thing before I get started because I love to be able to see the way the project should look before I even start crocheting. It helps me identify and avoid any potential problems, especially with a large project.”
What’s New for Crochet Charts?
Brian has planned several updates to Crochet Charts, which will enhance the functionality of the software. Upcoming features include the ability to change the stitch color for each stitch; the ability to have a grid or round guidelines with a custom number of rows or rounds, and columns; and, improved handling of grouped stitches. In addition, he plans to include support for iPad and Android tablets in the future.
The Tunisian Crochet Evolution Continues
Tunisian crochet has continued to surge in popularity as more and more designers bring fashionable and functional pieces to life and publishers become more willing to share their creations. “[Tunisian crochet] has moments of great attention, but its devotees form a serious sized ‘underground’ of practitioners. What has changed [most, though,] is the support from the equipment manufacturers and distributors,” explains Wheat.
“When I submitted my first three books in Tunisian crochet, I had developed a stitch which hadn’t been readily used in publications in almost a century. I had no idea that it was a different stitch. I thought perhaps I had done something incorrectly. But, with Tunisian crochet, there really is no incorrect way to do stitches. It’s still in its infancy and continues to evolve,” adds Kim.
Surely, the new Tunisian crochet stitch library will help greatly in this evolution. Not only will the library promote a universal language for Tunisian crocheters, it is sure to become an indispensable tool for designers as they strive to produce clear and easily understandable patterns for all of us to enjoy.