LittleKnitter – The Android Knitting App

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What is it?

LittleKnitter is an app with which you can design and view charts for knitting, stitching or crocheting. It runs on Android phones and tablets (requires at least Donut/1.6).

Exciting features:

  • autogenerate background
  • export pattern as text file
  • use arbitrary symbols
  • use knit mode to track (and remember) current position
  • scale chart to real-world proportions

How does it look like?

LitlleKnitter in design mode.

design mode

LittleKnitter in knit mode

knit mode

How does it work?

LittleKnitter has two modes – design mode and knit mode.

In design mode you create your knitting pattern by drawing letters in the cells of a grid (just as you would if designing the pattern on paper). In addition you can automatically create a background pattern by describing it with a simple expression. For example 10(3X 2_ 4Y) would generate a row of 10 times XXX__YYYY.

In knit mode you only see the pattern but can’t change it anymore (you can do that by going back to design mode). You can mark single stitches or whole rows as done by simply pressing a button.

How much does it cost?

In principle nothing. To be more precise – there is a paid version of LittleKnitter, however there will always be a free version with a nag screen (asking you to buy the paid version) but little to no difference in features. In addition I promise that I will make LittleKnitter available as OpenSource should I ever lose interest in continuing its development.

I am curious how this payment model is going to work. The market data shows that Android users in general seem a lot more reluctant to pay for apps than, say, iPhone users. I don’t think that applying force makes people more willing to pay for something (especially given the fact that you can easily pirate most apps). On the other hand if you use something on a somewhat regular basis for a hobby you love I think (maybe naively) you might actually consider contributing voluntarily and if it’s just to make sure development continues.

Where can I get it?

The usual places:

or, if you feel comfortable with manually installing apps on your device, click below:

What about the name?

“Pity about the scarf– Madame Nostradamus made it for me– a witty little knitter. Never get another one like it–”
The Doctor, Ark in Space

Well… I really, really wish I could claim that this quote from Doctor Who was the inspiration for the name. Alas, it isn’t – I just thought it sounded nice. I only found out about the quote later by doing some vanity googling and stumbling upon this site. Still, I love Doctor Who (though I still have to get used to the Eleventh Doctor), therefore I’m quite happily rededicating the name of my app ;-).

  1. kejia
    May 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    My ereader has android 1.5 cupcake. Does this app really need version 1.6 or higher?

    • May 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm

      Technically no, however it does need a minimum screen size which is only settable with 1.6. I fear that if I publish the app as 1.5 I would get many (justified) complaints from people with phones with smaller screen who would find it unusable.
      Therefore until I find the time to redesign the UI for small screens I’m afraid I will most likely stick with 1.6.

  2. July 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Hi, I love the app 🙂 but have a question before moving on to the GCE: what is the file format and where is the data stored? I’ve searched my SD card but didn’t find it. 😦 I design patterns and would like to use the data within a pattern description.
    I’m using Android 2.1 on Motorola Milestone (aka Droid).

    • July 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm

      Hi Elena

      Currently the app stores the data in a small database which is taken care of by the system itself (that’s one of the recommended ways for apps to store data on Android systems). I have long planned on adding at least export (and maybe also import) of patterns to files or emails. However the birth of our new baby has delayed my work on LittleKnitter quite a bit ;-).
      Which would be the most convenient way for you to access the data? Since the patterns are essentially stored as text anyways adding a quick and dirty export option just to enable some form of access should be easily doable.

  3. September 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Hi there! I work for Interweave Knits magazine, and I’m doing a product review on some high-tech products for knitters. I’d like to run a blurb about your Little Knitter app. If you’re interested, could you please email me? Thank you!

    Amy Palmer

  4. January 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    This looks like an amazing app. In don’t have an android yet. But do you have plans to develop this for other platforms as well?

    • January 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      I would love to (especially iPhone/iPad would be nice), however time and money constraints currently prevent me from doing it.

  5. December 20, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Any plans to release this in the Amazon app store? I’d love it for my Kindle Fire.

    • December 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

      No. Without going into details, I have had some very negative experiences with their developer relations in the past (I worked on an app for the “traditional” Kindle). I think Amazon is great for customers but really bad for developers.

  6. helen jones
    January 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Im not sure how i install this app manully perhsps u could advise me

  7. helen jones
    January 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I thought i would b able to down load this apo but i cant what do i do now please help thankyou

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      You have to do the following:
      1) Somewhere in the settings of your phone/tablet it says ‘allow installation of 3rd party apps’ (or similar) – set to ‘yes’
      2) copy the .apk file from you computer to your device; alternatively (if you only read emails on you android device) you have to save the attachment
      3) open the file with a file manager; it should ask you whether to install the app

      have a look e.g. here for further information (or google ‘sideloading android apps’).

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