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This week’s CRAFT Video Podcast is the first in a two part series on how to make intarsia/stranded knitting pattern from an image in Photoshop. We’ll go from an old skeleton illustration to a gridded knitting pattern for personalizing your own Skeleton Cardigan.

Next Friday in Part 2, I’ll show you how to work from the pattern to make the back panel of the Skeleton Cardigan!

You can also download the Skeleton Cardigan PDF pattern – Link.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Adonai
  • Becky Stern

    I fixed it; thanks!

  • Intellagirl

    Doesn’t this result in a squished pattern on the sweater because knitted stitches aren’t actually square? Why not make the grid rectangular to match the actual shape of a knit stitch?
    Awesome trick, though. I’ll be using it for sure!

  • Becky Stern

    It depends on your yarn and needle gauge how rectangular your stitches will be, but for this particular project it doesn’t really look too stretched out in the end. You have to just play with your image to get it to fit, possibly using the free transform tool or using Image Size without preserving the aspect ratio. You’ll see in the PDF that the skeleton grid given there is a little taller and skinnier looking than the resulting sweater, but that’s just from the image I used at the time. Thanks for reminding me!

  • Sarah

    Actually, as far as I gather, the copyright can (might) exist, if you downloaded it from online… the copyright belongs to the person who scanned it in from the original book… because they own that particular scan of that image.

    But then maybe nobody will care… :-)

    ditto on the grid — stranded colorwork can result in square-er stitches, but otherwise they are a lot wider than tall… I think about 1.67w to 1h

    But the pixel trick is pretty nifty!

  • wendy

    Not everyone has photoshop though…

    Nor a mac…

    Have you considered trying to do tutorials in The Gimp?

  • Becky Stern

    The commands in The Gimp are very similar to those in Photoshop. I just teach what I know, and would be very interested in learning the subtle differences, but I would hope that one would glean the concepts necessary to do this process in whatever software and platform you like. I’m all for free and open source software, and if you find the parts where my tutorial varies from The Gimp, please share with us to help out other users!

  • ginger

    This is a great idea, I learned a lot form your tutorial. This will help me with knitting as well as cross stitch. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us!