Changing times can be intimidating, especially when there are so many new things to learn. The good news is that all that progress is there to make your life easier–and with just a little bit of determination you can learn how to use the new tools of technology to your advantage. There are plenty of tools for the savvy knitter to take advantage of. One great free knitting out there is the knitCompanion. You can do just about anything with this handy tool. The homepage of the app (right) features five basic buttons: Designs, Projects, PDFs, Live Events, and a main video tutorial. Even better, the app is equipped with both readable help documents and how-to videos for every page. You’ll never get lost or forget how to use this app, since help is just a click away! After watching a couple of these simple videos, you’ll have the hang of this app.
The biggest thing knitCompanion helps with is patterns; you can store your PDFs in this app and keep track of your projects. Things get really cool with this app when you cast on a project, especially if you’re working on a charted project. knitCompanion allows you to track your charted progress by highlighting the row of the chart you’re on (example below right). There are four different counters built into the app, so you can count just about anything you could dream of, down to different stitch repeats, and the app will allow you to place a maker on the chart to denote where you are. There is even a key for each pattern, so you’ll never need to flip between the pages of a pattern again.
knitCompanion is currently only available for the iPhone or iPad, but the designers are always open to hearing what system you’d like to see the app on! So you’ve downloaded knitCompanion onto your iPhone or iPad; it’s time to get knitting! The app comes with three free patterns to work from, but, let’s be honest, three patterns isn’t going to last that long. You can upload your own patterns to the app, and work from those, or you can enter to win the complete Cooperative Press Collection from AllFreeKnitting! With these seven patterns you’ll be well on your way to knitting up a storm. You have until September 18 to enter this contest.