And if you are a knitter, many cross stitch patterns can be converted into knitting patterns.
Here are some links for cross stitch software programs that will take your photograph and make the chart for you. Some will even provide you with the make of floss you will need, along with the colour code for each, and the amount you need to buy.
» Easy Cross
» PC Stitch
» Stitch Crafts Gold
» Stitch Craft Cross Stitch Software
» My Cross Stitch
» PM Stitch Creator
» DP Soft
And if you don’t have time to work the cross stitch, you can use a filter for your digital imaging software to create Cross Stitch effects:
With just a few ticks, you can take a favorite photograph and create a treasured cross stitch kit or completed project. Simple enough for amateurs but still fun for experienced stitchers, creating your own cross stitch patterns is a great way to reveal your creativity. And while the programs are created for cross stitchers, knitters and quilters will be able to use them for their own enthusiasms. There may even be other uses for these programs that haven’t been explored yet… if you know of any, let us know, or drop into the Forum to discuss it.