Design 4-color knit sweater offline

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File format for pixel perfect sweater design
File typePNG
Number of colorsmaximum 4 colors. Images / logos / designs have to be color reduced. In Photoshop, look for keywords "color mode", "indexed colors", "dithering" and "color depth".
Image size in pixelFor front/back 290 x 290 pixel each, sleeve 220 x 220 pixel. These are the dimensions for size XXL. For smaller sizes, either design file is shrinked (which means loss of detail) or the same XXL file is used, but more of it will get cut off. This way, there is a little "less" design in smaller sweater sizes, but no loss of detail.
Resolution (DPI)No resolution resp. standard screen resolution 72 dpi. When the image is color reduced correctly, there is no resolution anymore. One pixel then has one color (and becomes one knitted stitch). See image sample at bottom of this page.
Separation of filesYou can create separate files / designs, maximum number of colors is 4 in the whole sweater (Front + back + sleeves).
Cuff color for body / sleevesSame color for body and sleeve cuffs, can be picked out of the 4 colors used in the sweater.

Download design template:

Start the Online Designer, choose desired sweater size. Click "Share design" on the top right in the Online Designer.
A link to the current design is displayed. Click "Download" button below the "Share design" link. You can use this PNG file as template / gridsheet, e.g. if you want to do the design in Photoshop. Just make sure you keep size and indexed colors.

Please note:

  • PDF or vector files have to be rasterized / converted to bitmap and resized so they can be knitted. Rasterizing without anti-aliasing will save you a lot of manual correction work, but not all of it. Compare your file to the downloaded template as described above.
  • When doing a design / pattern with lots of small and repeating elements (e.g. scandinavian style sweater), we recommend to insert a single element and then copy the element, or use the tile/repeat function in the Online Designer. If you want more spacing between tiles, add space to the single elements.

What does "color reduced" mean?

Logo for scarf design offline

Obvious colors

This image / logo seems to have 4 colors: background grey, shield white, letters and frame blue, stripes red.

Football scarf logo cropped

Color count

When zooming in, you can see there are more colors, the total is about 6000. These colors come from antialiasing and/or image compression.

Even if the original file was a vector with sharp edges: additional colors emerge when rasterizing / saving as pixel based file, and/or when file is resized.

Maximum of 4 colors can be knitted, so colors have to be reduced to 4.

Football scarf logo reduced

Color reduced

Logo here is reduced to 4 colors: grey, white, red, blue. Grey is in the background and on the edges of the letters, frame and stripes.

If grey should be left out, (1) either reduce to 3 colors instead of 4. (2) or remove all grey manually with eraser / color replacer. (3) or in the Online Designer, click the "colors used" button holding grey and choose another color already in use, thus all grey will be replaced by this other color.

Pixel to knitted stitch

Football scarf design zoomed in

Pixel in the design

One pixel is highlighted in the color reduced design. Design file width is 84 pixel, scarf width is 84 knitted stitches (same principle for sweaters).

Stitch from pixel in football scarf design

Image to stitch

Image/design in upper half, knitted fabric below.

Pixel / stitch in the ready made scarf

Ready made scarf

Single pixel/stitches make up the whole design. From a distance, single stitches are not identifiable anymore. Same for sweaters and all other knitted products Wildemasche offers.

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How to upload images / logos in the Online Designer

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