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I was at the Derby Mini Maker Faire with the rest of the Kitefamily, when I came across the people from Pics to Knits.  They impressed me so much, I decided to use their website to create a Robot cushion for Kiteman's delicate tushie.

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Step 1: Starting image

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The website can use any image that is formatted as a JPEG, GIF or PNG file.

If you don't want to use dozens of yarns at once , it's worth tweaking your image to reduce the number of colours in it.  I started with the Robot image from this topic, and used Photoshop to add extra space around it, and cut down the number of shades in the image.

Uploading the image to Pics To Knits was actually quicker and easier than uploading an image here.

Step 2: Cropping and selecting complexity

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PtK have done a lot of the hard work for you - when you're cropping your image (if you want to), they force the crop ratio to stay the same as the ration you selected in the opening step.

You can select the number of colours you want to play with from the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen - the more colours you choose, the more accurate the final knitted image, but the more skeins of yarn you have to juggle as you knit.

I went with the "four colours" option.
picstoknits2 years ago
Thanks for making such a brilliant job with the cushion and a great set of instructions. Your constructive criticism about the problem with extra blank pages being added to the pattern is now fixed on I'd love to see anything else you or anyone else makes with the site.
Kitewife (author)  picstoknits2 years ago
That's great news.

Good to see you've joined the site - why not post your own projects? Or get your friends to join up and post?

I'm not sure when I'll be using picstoknits in the near future, because I mostly like knitting shape and texture with one colour (maybe that's a future project for your coding skills?), but I have been telling all my knitting friends about it.

But, remember how we mentioned illusion knitting?  Have a look at this scarf I made and Kitehusband posted for me.  I bet you could do that on your website as well!

sunshiine2 years ago
I wished I could knit. An awesome resource! Hope to see more in the future! I am surprised you did not use his profile pic. That would have been very different! Thanks for sharing.
Have a splendorous day!
HMice2 years ago
ChrysN2 years ago
Nice! Now I wish that I could knit.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Wow, nice one!  I'm totally excited to use Pics to Knits now!
lizzyastro2 years ago
Neat project Kitewife. I'm hoping to get to play with k2p at some point, but busy prepping for the Manchester Mini Maker Faire now.

The finished cushion should be ideal for a long plane journey :-)

Kiteman2 years ago
Thanks for getting this done before the weekend - can't wait to see the finished product when I get back!