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Using KG Chart and Making Patterns

Postby Servotron » Fri May 01, 2009 7:01 am

This is my attempt at making a guide to using the free Cross Stitch software KG Chart, which can be found . I'm not going to discuss the pros and cons of this program, as we already have a tread for that . This also includes my methods for making a pattern, I don't know everything about this program, but I'll try to cover as much as I can. I'm going to go through two tutorials here, one for a straight up sprite, and one for a picture that isn't a sprite or needs resizing.

1. Sprites in KG Chart

Firstly I'm going to import a sprite into KG Chart. Once KG Chart is open, I need to go to File, then Import.


I'm going to make a pattern of this Sonic sprite, so I open it from my computer.

This is the screen that pops up. Title obviously means the title of the pattern. Cloth means the type of fabric you are using. I'm unsure about Cloth Name, I just leave it blank and just put 2 in Linen Th./One Stitch. Thread Count means the count of the aida you are using. I generally use 18 count aida so that's what I put in the H box. The V box will automatically change. Make sure that the count/inch is checked, not the Linen Th./cm box, and leave the Rect box unchecked, unless you are using a rectangular fabric. Chart Size: On the right we can see that the box tells us what the size of the original sprite is (119 x 113 pixels). For sprite conversions, we really want 1 pixel = 1 stitch so the Width (ct) and Height (ct) boxes need to match the original Width and Height. (Occasionally, the program will tell you the wrong size of your image. Always check it against the original file size.) Underneath you choose either DMC or Danish Flower thread, though you most likely would leave it on DMC. For Colours I generally leave the number high. KG Chart won't add colours for a simple sprite like this, so its best to leave it high unless you want to reduce the amount of colours on purpose.

Press OK.

This is the view that you will get, or at least very similar. The first six symbols (Right to Left) underneath File, Edit etc are New Chart, Open, Save, Cut, Copy and Paste. The two arrows are Undo and Redo. The six boxes with increasingly larger squares controls the magnification of the pattern. (Basically a zoom tool). The next button, a square with an X inside, is Show Mark. This turns on and off the symbols on the pattern. (You will need to zoom in a little until you can see them turn on and off). The next button is Show Mesh and this controls the grid on the pattern in the same way. (Again, zoom in). The last button that looks like a cross stitch is Real View and shows what your pattern looks like if it was stitched. (And again, zoom in to see).
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Re: Using KG Chart

Postby Servotron » Fri May 01, 2009 7:06 am

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Re: Using KG Chart

Postby Servotron » Fri May 01, 2009 7:36 am

2. Non-sprites in KG Chart.

For a start, read Johloh's guide on making patterns from non-sprites .

Making a pattern from a picture file is a case of trial and error and some editing skills. The first thing to do is choose a picture.

It doesn't really matter what kind of file type you are using, although JPEG's can be annoying if they are badly compressed. You really want a picture that is the same size or larger than the pattern you want to make. The first thing to do is work out how big you want the finished piece to be. It also help if you know the count of the fabric that you are going to be using. Let's say that I want the height of the piece to be 12 inches on 18 count aida. This means that I want the height of the pattern to be 216 pixels/stitches. (12 inches x 18 count= 216 stitches tall).

This is the picture I get (without any editing) from KG Chart. Slightly blurry, and with 96 colours. It may be that the amount of colours is too many. We can reduce the amount of colours by opening up the original image in a graphics program. You need one of the more powerful programs in order to do this, so something like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or . There is also a plug-in for called which works in a similar way. I'll be using GIMP. Once you have opened the picture into your graphics program, you need to go to Image, Mode, Indexed.


This box will pop up. You can play with the settings here if you want. For now I'm going to use the Generate optimum palette option and reduce the number of colours to 100. While this number is still quite high, I'm betting on KG Chart reducing the number of colours further once I import the indexed picture in.

You can also choose to resize the picture now, but I'm going to let KG Chart take care of that in this case.
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Re: Using KG Chart

Postby Servotron » Fri May 01, 2009 8:12 am


It looks roughly the same, with 95 colours instead of 96, so I was wrong about KG Chart reducing the colours. I think the resizing process in KG Chart makes it add colours as it becomes more blurry. It seems to be better if it is resized in a graphics program beforehand.


This one that I pixelated, resized and sharpened (in that order) using the effects in Paint.net. I then indexed it down to 80 colours in GIMP. This gave me 58 colours in KG Chart, which is a bit more manageable.

I could probably reduce it more, but this is just an example. Either way this takes more time than a sprite and like I said at the beginning of this section, trial and error until you are happy with the pattern.

I think that covers everything I can think of. I hope this is helpful to you. Feel free to add any tips, tricks or advice you think I might have missed, or any questions you might have.

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Re: Using KG Chart (Finished)

Postby Zopa » Fri May 01, 2009 9:59 am

This thread is amazing.

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Re: Using KG Chart (Finished)

Postby LiquidKarma » Fri May 01, 2009 10:00 am

Brilliant! I'm so glad you posted this!



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Re: Using KG Chart (Updated 03/05/09)

Postby Servotron » Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:58 am

The creator of KG Chart now has a support forum on his website. It can be found here: .

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Re: Using KG Chart and Making Patterns (Updated 03/05/09)

Postby Servotron » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:46 pm

A Small Note on using Text

When using text in a project, be sure to turn off Anti-Aliasing. This will turn off the smoothness of the letters, making them unblurry and making them pixellated.
(Results will vary depending on what font you are using).

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Re: Using KG Chart and Making Patterns

Postby shonz » Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:22 pm

First time poster!

Has anyone else had trouble downloading the KG file? It doesn't download as an .exe file. I'm using Windows 7.

I've also commented on the KG support forum, so hopefully someone will have an answer :grin:

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Re: Using KG Chart and Making Patterns

Postby Wolfix » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:39 am

Just change the file extension (.download) to .exe and it will open. Someone's played sillybuggers when naming the file... :thumbsup:
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