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).
- 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?
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 ;-).