WoollyRhino Shows You How To Make A Colorwork Chart Using Stitchboard + GIMP
UPDATE 2/6/23: Fixed some formatting!
Using Stitchboard to make a pattern isn't rocket science by any means, but some of you might be curious about how I make all of those free charts I'm always sharing. You might be thinking, "All you do is upload a picture to Stitchboard and then it just spits it out! You don't actually do anything! Loser!"
Wrong. Sit down.
Step 1: Acquire An Image
Ta da! Even if you can't draw at all - a crappy sketch will do, I promise. I did this sketch in 45 seconds and it's not symmetrical. It's really about as good as the foldy banners. I like to draw on paper, but it can also be done directly in Photoshop or your preferred editing software. I use GIMP. It's free. I like free. Free is good.
I touched up my sketch, made it solid and made the background white for simplicity. "Touched up" is used loosely. You don't want to make anything black because Stitchboard's grid lines are black. If I'm just making a two-color project then I go with white and dark gray, usually. If you want, you can make it accurate colors (e.g. this horned beast would be white on red).
There's an option for "easy reading" where you can get away with black, but it's hard for me to see if everything looks right and it's also hard to edit after the fact because you end up changing the colors of all of your lines and life gets very hard.
My digitally edited image still looks like crap. But that doesn't matter! You'll see why soon enough.
Step 2: Upload To Stitchboard And Pick Your Stitch
I selected my crappy image above and although I intended to crochet the pattern, I picked Cross Stitch in the stitching category. This depends on your own gauge, the project and a lot of other factors. I went into this planning to make this into a crochet sticker for my backpack. My stitches will be tiny and tight enough that they will actually be very nearly squares. I would go with one of the other options if I were doing a project with more than two colors because my stitches would get taller since I'd be carrying multiple colors in the back.