How to Convert a Picture Into a Cross Stitch Pattern for Free

Written by stephanie fidalgo
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Cross-stitch is a wonderful medium for needlework art, but sometimes you may want to do something other than a pre-made pattern or kit. You may wish to adapt another image into a pattern, such as a picture of a pet or a drawing you have done. There are programs available to do this, but you may be on a budget when it comes to your hobby. Luckily, there is a completely free program available called KG-Chart that is capable of converting images into patterns that use the DMC colour chart.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • KG-Chart
  • Image file to convert

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  1. 1

    Download and install KG-Chart at>

  2. 2

    Open up KG-Chart and familiarise yourself with the functions and pallet before going further.

  3. 3

    Select Import from under the "File" menu to start the importing process.

  4. 4

    Choose an image from your files.

  5. 5

    Set the size of the chart (KG-Chart tends to reduce their size), the company pallet (DMC is the default) and the number of colours for the chart. The higher the number of colours, the more exact the reproduction.

  6. 6

    Click "OK" and the image will be converted automatically. Examine the pattern to make sure that you like it. You can edit the image as you please from just recoloring a single square to completely switching an entire pallet assignment.

Tips and warnings

  • A simpler image converts more cleanly to a pattern.
  • Smaller images make charts that are easier to work with. Remember that on 14 count cloth, a 100x100 pixel image would end up being around 7x7 inches when stitched out.

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