how to use PicsToKnits


What is PicsToKnits?

The PicsToKnits website allows you to convert an image to a knitting pattern. You can produce a pattern that can be (practically) any size when knitted up, so it can be used for all sorts of products from small cushion covers to large blankets.


  • “Colour Picker” which allows you to change and preview how your project would look if specific colours where changed
  • The amount of wool of each individual colour needed to knit the final project is calculated
  • Change and preview the number of colours used. Can be great for simplifying a
  • You do not need to “crop” the image to show just the parts of the image you want before uploading it. You can do that here.
  • The pattern is given as a .pdf document which can be saved, printed or emailed to others

How to knit a picsToKnits pattern

The patterns are designed to use Double Knit (DK) wool, on 4mm (size 8, US size 6) needles. The tension should be 22 stitches by 30 rows giving a 10cm by 10cm swatch. Each individual square when knitted should be 20cm by 20cm and so is 44 stitches and 60 rows. The Pattern uses standard stockinette stitch (“knit one”, “purl one”) with each colour specified by a letter. There is a Key to each colour on the first page of the pattern:

The same letter given to each colour is used through out the whole pattern (not re-assigned for each square). That just means that colour D in square 1 is the same wool as colour D in square 20. The number after each colour is the amount of wool in grams. So in the above example you would require 69grams of colour A to complete the entire project.

The pattern for each square starts with the instruction:

Cast on 44 stitches with main colour

This “main colour” is the colour which is used predominantly on the bottom row of each square and is up to you to decide. The first row of the pattern is the bottom row of each square. This is emphasised by the pattern starting at row 60 (the bottom row of the square) and working towards row 1 (the top row of each square). You will probably change this “main colour” for each square to whatever best suits the pattern.

The next part of the pattern will then look something like this:

The lowercase c means colour and the following letter shows which colour. The p or k shows if it is a knit or purl row of stitches and the following number shows how many stitches. So a full explanation of the above pattern would be:

Row 60. colour B purl 8, colour F purl 1, colour N purl 1, colour M perl 34
Row 59. colour M knit 34, colour K knit 1, colour F knit 1, colour B knit 8
Row 58. colour B perl 8, colour F perl 1, colour K perl 1, colour O perl 1, colour M perl 33

How much does it cost?

The site is completely free to use and has no restrictions on what you can do with the final pattern. We would ask that you attribute but you don’t have to. It would be great if you would blog, Tweet, FaceBook and do whatever you can to tell others about us.