My work can have a very technical side and when it comes time for me to unwind I like to let my creative side come out. For me that is very often picking up some knitting or some kind of stitch work. If I can merge the technical with the creative in my crafting then so much the better. My smartphone is often at my side and I have found it to be an invaluable tool for craftwork. I would love to share some of the best smartphone apps for cross stitch and knitting that I have found.
Any reader here at Stitching the Night Away should have the Cross Stitch Calculator app for their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. There is also a version for Android phones too. You enter in some information about your pattern and it tells you how big your fabric should be. No more starting a project and realizing half way in that your fabric is too short. This a free app with a no-ad version for 99 cents.
Keeping track of your inventory of your floss and thread can be complicated. Fortunately there are apps for that. Floss Checklist for Android and Thread Tracker 117 for iPhone are both built around all the available threads from DMC. They give you the ability to enter in what you have and create a shopping list for what you need. No more needing to guess what to buy when you are the store next time. They are both 99 cents.
When knitting or crocheting it can be absolutely vital to keep track of how many rows you have made. That is where a row counter can come in handy. I have had the experience of a traditional row counter getting reset at the bottom of my bag, which is very frustrating. Knit Counter for the iPhone, CuteCounter for the Android, and if you consider a Blackberry the best smartphone then Counter Ultimate is the app for you. If you are like me and have more than one going at a time, some of them support multiple projects as well.
I learned knitting basics from a friend. When it was time to move onto more advanced stitches I turned to the internet for tutorials. My absolute favorite place to go is KnittingHelp.com for their videos on just about everything. Many times when I am knitting though, I am nowhere near a computer. I just love that there is a KnittingHelp.com iPhone app with all of their videos and list of knitting abbreviations. Everything is stored on your phone so you can view it all even when you do not have access to the internet.
There is absolutely nothing worse than starting a project, getting near the end and running out of yarn. Prevent that from happening with a yarn calculator. Yarn Shopper for Android will help take the guess work away when you are next shopping for yarn. It will even estimate the cost of a project for you too.
Have fun stitching with these smartphone apps!