App Spotlight: Tools For Knitting And Crochet

Knitting Calc

As every knitter knows, from time to time you’ve got to do the math: to convert stitch counts in printed patterns when working with a yarn other than the one specifically recommended in the pattern, when sizing a pattern up or down, making adjustments for working with larger or smaller needles, trying to figure out how many skeins of yarn to buy for a project, or when designing your own patterns. That’s where KnitCalc comes in. From Amazon:

KnitCalc does common knitting calculations so you don’t have to remember conversion factors and formulas. The app converts between different lengths of yarn, using different units of measure. You can also use the gauge calculator to easily convert pattern cast-ons to match your knitting gauge.

Reviewers have given KnitCalc an average review rating of 4/5 stars, and it’s free!

For row and stitch counting, try County Plus, also rated 4/5 stars and currently priced at $1.63. From Amazon:

County Plus is a knitting and crochet row counter. It has a super simple user interface, with a big friendly number to tell you what row you’re on. Tap the screen at the end of a row to count up or down. Your device stays awake while you’re on the counting screen, so there’s no need to repeatedly turn it back on.

You can have multiple row counters going, and you can use your Ravelry website account to import your current works in progress and edit your project notes. Share your finished products on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, e-mail, or whatever social networking apps you have on your Android device. Now your knitting and crocheting projects will be more organized and easier to share!

Need help on a knitting project? Try the Kindle edition of The Knitting Answer Book. It’s rated an average of 4.5/5 stars across more than 170 reviews, and is currently on sale for $9.19 (39% off the usual list price of $14.95). From Amazon:

Every avid knitter has faced this dilemma: deep into a project at midnight, just trying to finish one more row, and, then . . . oh no, a dropped stitch three rows back! Help! If only there was a 24-hour hotline to answer every question a knitter might encounter. Well, now there is, with The Knitting Answer Book . The expert authors, Margaret Radcliffe and Edie Eckman, leave no question unanswered, no quandry unaddressed. Each book contains detailed, illustrated answers to literally hundreds of questions, from the common to the more unusual.

Crocheters, never fear! There’s an answer book for you, too: The Crochet Answer Bookin Kindle edition is also rated an average of 4.5/5 stars across 108 reviews, and is currently on sale for $7.96.

And for those of you who are looking to go pro and open a shop to sell your handmade wares on Etsy, the Kindle edition of Etsy 101: Sell Your Crafts on Etsy, the DIY Marketplace for Handmade, Vintage and Crafting Supplies is for you. It’s rated an average of 5/5 stars across 21 reviews and is currently priced at $7.95. From Amazon:

Step away from the craft fair. Set up shop on Etsy, the world market for art, design and home decor! For artists, crafters, designers, and vintage resellers, it’s a revolution.

Never before has it been so easy to open a storefront that will reach millions of paying customers—with no up-front investment—online, in an afternoon! Learn how thousands of Etsians, young and old, have launched their business on a shoestring, usually part-time at home. See how to sell items quickly, earn money, and have fun doing it.

Discover the new twist on good old-fashioned word-of–mouth advertising made possible online, courtesy of Facebook, Google, and Etsy itself. You’ll learn the best tools for making it all work, no computer geekery required. With tips to work smarter, you’ll have more time to spend doing what you love: creating, finding new treasures, and belonging to a community of like-minded, independent artisans.

Who knew a Kindle Fire could be such a help to knitters and crocheters?


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