4-color knit blanket: create design offline

Create the design for your 4 color knit blanket with software of your choice. Send the design with email, or upload the design in the Online Designer as JPG or PNG file.

When designing, you can use any file format in the first step. In order to have the design knitted, the file has to be put to the format described below. This usually means that the design / image file has to be resized and color reduced. It does not matter if the original file was a high resolution image or a vector file.

For knitting, it is only relevant how the pixel are arranged in the file format described below. This is pixel to stitch then: "1 Pixel = 1 knitted stitch".

knit blanket size knitted size Design / file size # of colors
Standard 190 x 155 cm 1104 x 896 Pixel up to 4
Kids 150 x 100 cm 900 x 576 Pixel up to 4
Baby 100 x 80 cm 576 x 464 Pixel up to 4

  • File type: PNG
  • Resolution (DPI): Standard 72 DPI. If the image is color reduced correctly, there is no image resolution anymore. 1 Pixel has 1 color then.
    Photoshop users: check Converting color modes, and "Conversion options for indexed-color images".
  • To create a pixel perfect design, use the pixel size given, not the knitted size in cm.
  • Depending on design and yarn quality, the knitted size may vary. That's why the aspect ratio of the design file and the size in cm is not the same.
  • Blankets from 100% polyacrylic come out larger, because the yarn is high bulk. But the template / design file size in pixel is the same, and so is the number of knitted stitches.

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Full color

The image seems to be in two colors: dark grey and white. In fact, the image has 1121 colors, the edges have greyscales in them.

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Color reduced

This image is color reduced to 2 colors, dark grey and white. The edges look more pixeled and cut-off, because anti-aliasing and color shades were removed. But only this way the design can be knitted.

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Zoomed in with grid

One pixel has one color, this gives one knitted stitch.
In the left peak, extra greyscales are visible. This would not work for a 4 color blanket, there are too many greyscales. Overmore, only colors needed should be selected. The extra greyscales there seem like color reduction is not finished yet.
In the center peak, there is grey and white only. This would be ok to knit. If desired, two more colors can be used in the 4 color blanket.
For the right peak, black was added as edge/border color, with the pixels drawn/arranged neatly.

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