Using Pumpkin SVG and Other Digital Images for Knit Designs
From Digital to Knitted Wearables
Pumpkin SVG, Christmas trees, mistletoes, and others are famous graphics people use for year-end handmade sweaters, crochets, or shirts. If you’re wondering, most producers source their graphics from free SVG websites.
It is true: they use digital graphics in SVG format. The scalable vector graphics (SVG) format allows image resizing without resolution sacrifice.
Planning to use one for knit designs? Not sure where to start? Here is a short guide to help you.
Image and Knitting Resolution
You might be using one of these for knitting: A knitting machine or your hands.
Whichever you’re using, both methods will often use 3-4 thread colors. True enough, industrial knitting machines uses more colors, but unfortunately, domestic machines only have four threading pins to knit.
First, cut down your photo or SVG down to 200 or less resolution. In fact, many domestic knitters consider 72 a “sweet spot” that includes some detail and form suitable for knitting.
The goal is to get a 1:1 ratio between each graphic pixel and knit stitch — the square on the graphic design chart.
Graphic Chart Size
Before you start knitting your swatch, consider the number of stitches and rows per inch. Furthermore, digital technology allows design width and height.
For example, a sweater that has a 20-by-10 upper yoke requires 7 stitches for every inch of width. Alternatively, your knit swatch indicates you can have 10 rows of stitches per height inch.
By multiplying the width inch by the number of width stitches, you’ll get the maximum graphic chart size for your width. In this example, 20 x 7 means your design has to go below 140 stitches. Then, 10 x 10 means your design should not be higher than 100 stitches.
Additionally, remember that computer pixels are squares and knit swatches are rectangular in form. Therefore, correctly set the graphic grid size. Luckily, you can do this easily with modern graphics programs.
As I mentioned earlier, most domestic knitting machines and handmade sweaters can only use 3-4 colors. You’ll need to use graphics processing programs such as Microsoft Windows’ “Paint” or Adobe’s “Illustrator” to help in color reduction.
However, keep in mind these programs use randomizing math equations to reduce color. As a result, the product color might not be to your taste.
Fortunately, specially made knitting color reduction programs exist such as:
• Fashion Studio Suite by Ned Graphics
• Pointcarre Knit by Pointcarre
• Stitch Painter by Cochenille
Here is the basic workflow for these applications:
First, scan, take a photo, or download your image
Then, extract or isolate the photo portion you want
Next, fit the image width and height according to your stitch gauge
Open your color reduction program
Following this, set the document size using the article’s second header calculation earlier
Lastly, narrow the colors down to 3-4 or manually change them to your taste using the programs above
Limitless Sources for Pumpkin SVG and Other Hi-Res Graphics
True enough, you won’t need to pirate pumpkin SVG images or graphics from paid sources. If you’re going to sell your knitted or printed designs, you’ll need to get them from royalty-free image providers.
Having trouble finding them? Here is a short list of good royalty-free stock images you can download and import directly into your projects.
Pixabay has hundreds of thousands of photographcs, vectors, high-res icons, and more. It has been a prominent alternative to Shutterstock and Flickr because of its clear-cut rules and high-res free downloads. In fact, their paid photographs and graphics are especially lovely to use.
FreePik is similar to Pixabay and Shutterstock. However, it has limited photographs and graphics to use for knitting. However, gems and diamonds exist in FreePik if you dig deep enough. Usually, 15 minutes of browsing through their selections gets you what you need.
This website has 100 beautiful and stylistic SVG files you can download free of charge. If you’ve found them iconic, the reason is because Leo Kowal made the designs. He is the award winner from Martha Stewart’s American Made in 2013. In fact, you can use images from this website for cards, websites, and box designs other than knitting.
Just follow these steps to start using pumpkin SVG and other digital images into your knitting projects. While it’s different from the typical draw-and-graph methods, adapting new technology into your knitting definitely helps you save much time and maximize your productivity.