How to convert a photo into a cross stitch pattern

Easily convert a photo into a cross stitch pattern on your iPhone or iPad. This guide gives you an overview of the process using the Stitchly app.

Step 1: Choose a pattern size

To get started, choose the size of your pattern. For best results, choose a bigger pattern size.

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We also recommend cropping your image to ensure as much detail as possible is included in the conversion process (just press the crop button to do this).

When you’re ready, press the next arrow at the top right of the screen to go to the next step.

Step 2: Choose your pattern settings

There are millions of setting combinations when converting images into cross stitch patterns. It can be difficult and overwhelming.

The easiest way to choose your pattern settings is to use the wizard tool. Simply press the magic wand button (at the top right) and choose the best settings for your image.

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Step 3: Adjust the colour selection

Next you can review and adjust the colours used in your pattern.

We recommend using the filter button (at the top right) to quickly turn off colours with a low count. This will reduce the number of different colours and make your pattern neater.

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Step 4: Edit your pattern

This screen allows you to make edits to your pattern. Simply zoom in and tap to make an edit (or use the paintbrush tool).

To show the original image in the background, press the image button. This can be useful to trace over.

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Step 5: All done! 🎉

You can now export your pattern or track your progress in the app.

  • Play button – Track your progress in the app.
  • Export button – Export your pattern as a PDF, image or Stitchly File. You can also print your pattern from this menu.

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