DesignaKnit (DAK) is a software program that allows you to create knitting patterns. It's a powerful tool for both hand and machine knitters. It helps you design garments, create stitch patterns, and provides instructions for your knitting projects.
The software is very popular with machine knitters, especially those who use electronic machines. But you don't need an electronic machine to get value from DAK.
Do YOU need DesignaKnit?Explore the features of DAK below and decide for yourself
DAK allows us to create stitch patterns visually, then download them to an electronic machine. It also can create punchcard diagrams to punch your own cards or use the diagrams for hand manipulation on manual machines.
In addition, DAK can be used as a Graphics Design program, manipulating images and diagrams to create both stitch patterns (Graphics Studio) and garment shapes (trace feature)
To add even more power, the Interactive Knitting Feature of DAK can be used as a Charting Device so you can "knit from screen" following instruction for shaping, color changes and stitch patterning.
Do you NEED DesignaKnit?
DesignaKnit is a large, powerful program (with a large learning curve). If any of the features are something that you would use often for your knitting, then the answer to the question is "YES" ... if you are willing to invest both the time and the $$$. DesignaKnit can be purchased from dealers worldwide. List of dealers
Lisa, there are a number of ways to do this.
1. Start with a Standard Garment Styling shape and modify according to the HK pattern
2. Copy the HK pattern from scratch in Original Pattern Drafting (diagram or text instruction)
3. Use the trace feature from a diagram or sewing pattern
Or a combination of these.
Please let me know if i can help.
August 30, 2023
Cheri, I just want to say that your comment is inspirational to me. I purchased DAK and the accessories a few years ago and have not used it very much. I am now learning more about it and working on my knitting machines making swatches, perfecting a tighter edge using the ribber, etc. I did not think of using hand knitting patterns to create patterns in DAK! Thank you for sharing.
August 21, 2023
I recently purchased DAK, and I'm slowly going through the screens, viewing the videos that come with the program, and getting familiar with the accompanying, built-in manual. In addition, I've purchased several of the LearnDesignaKnit modules. From what I can see, it will offer the flexibility to create anything I want to make. I'll be able to take designs from my hand-knitting books and magazines and create them in DAK to download to my knitting machines-- one is electronic and the other is manual. I agree that it comes with a hefty price tag, but the features and possibilities made it a sound purchase for me. When I look at my accumulated collection of patterns both hand and machine knitting, I see the ease in easily creating anything I see, in my or someone else's size with any yarn I like and can find. I've taken photos of store designs I plan to create. I know many experienced members have made wonderful items using DAK. They helped me take the final plunge!