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DesignaKnit 7 for Windows is a powerful, affordable CAD/CAM program for designing knitwear. The Professional version is the full-featured program, allowing a greater freedom of creativity and a greater degree of control over the design process



Stitch Designer

This section of DesignaKnit 7 looks similar to other Windows paint programs, but its tools and functions are specially adapted to designing stitch patterns for machine and hand knitting.

This is where you can design a stitch pattern,   choose one of several printout formats, integrate the stitch pattern into the garment pieces and convert pieces ready for Cut-and-Sew knitting.

~ Design stitch patterns in color, texture, or both, depending on the intended knitting method
~ Patterns of up to 800 stitches and 1,130 rows may be designed, depending on the available memory
~ Stitch-related grid adapts to match the knitting tensions you enter
~ Draw your own designs with the pencil, paintbrushes, fill tools, color-replacer erasers, and filled and outline rectangle and ellipse tools
~ Use these tools with color or texture, or both
~ Use custom brushes
~ Capture motifs with the selection box of the single and multicolor/stitch-type lassos
~ Draw or paint in color and/or stitch type symbols
~ Zoom in to work in close detail; zoom out for a wider view of your project
~ View multiple repeats of your pattern, or just a single version
~ Copy and cut to the Windows clipboard
~ Paste any bitmap from the clipboard directly into your design
~ Import graphics from the DesignaKnit Graphics Studio
~ Experiment with symmetry using the Kaleidoscope tool
~ Flip motifs horizontally or vertically
~ Stamp motifs randomly or tile them across all or any part of the design
~ Use any installed TrueType font to place text on your design, using color or texture, or both, or custom fills
~ Use a Graphics Tablet to trace or draw a design directly into the program
~ Allocate symbols to colors for black and white charts, especially for handknitting or draw directly with symbols with or without color
~ Check you do not have too many colors in a row, and check the length of floats and awkward color changes
~ Separate up to six colors in a row for jacquard knitting, and check that there are no mistakes in the sequence
~ Color-changers are fully supported - graphic display allows you to change the default yarn arrangement
~ Integrate stitch pattern with garment piece


~ DesignaKnit offers a range of diagrams and charts for garment shaping and stitch pattern instructions for both hand and machine knitting
~ Use your color printer to produce full-color scale charts, or take advantage of the facility to use symbols instead of colors
~ Print templates for punchcards, reader cards and mylar sheets
~ Print templates for Knitleader and Knitradar
~ Save printouts to bitmap files for use in other applications


~ Show the pieces singly or, by having more pattern repeats on screen, all the pieces of a garment at the same time
~ Move pieces around and place with precision
~ Place pieces exactly to position motifs and patterns
~ Match side seams, sleeves to bodies and cardigan fronts
~ For downloading to a knitting machine, DesignaKnit will make certain that the stitch pattern is placed centrally for each individual piece
~ Cut out the spare fabric so that you can see exactly how the pieces will look when they come off the knitting machine.  For fine adjustment of position, you can move the pieces around in cut-out mode


~ Experiment with layplans, making sure that the pieces are correctly placed on the fabric
~ Use the cut-and-sew command to weld the shape to the stitch pattern
~ Fill necklines and armholes with a variety of stitch patterns - stripes, bird's eye, solid colour or outline


System Requirements

DesignaKnit 7 For Windows has the following minimum requirements:


IBM PC Compatible computer with 386 processor, or higher
~ at least 8Mb RAM (16Mb recommended).
Please note that the recommended minimum for linking to a Silver Reed machine is: 486/25Mhz processor with 16Mb RAM
~ SVGA (the program can run in VGA mode, but this restricts you to 16 basic colors. Further "dithered" colors are available, but these are not suitable for use with the copy and paste commands in the Stitch Designer section of the program. VGA mode also severely restricts the functionality of the DesignaKnit Graphics Studio, for which High Color or True Color mode is recommended for complex bitmaps and photographs).
~ Windows 3.x, Windows 9x, NT4, ME, Win2K, XP
~ 7Mb hard disk space.
~ RS232 Serial Port for Cable Link.
NB. Some Cable Links can now be used with a USB adapter.




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99625 DesignAKnit - Version 7 $499.00

99634 USB to Serial Converter Cable $49.95  

99635 DAK USB-Full Featured Cable (930-940-970-965i-950i) $225.00  

99638 DAK Lace Tool $75.00  

99645 Brother Link #1 USB Cable $147.95

99647 Brother Link #5 USB Cable $165.95

99649 Brother Link #7 USB Cable $134.95

99041 DAK Silver Link 5 $399.00


DesignAKnit Books



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 Standard Garment Styling Workshop - The Beginners Guide to Standard Garment Shaping using DAK. Step – by – Step Instructions to Design Basic Sweaters, Customize Your Garment Print Outs, Calculate the Amount of Yarn for Garments, Create Custom Garments Easily, and Printed in Color





My First DAK Book - This book is for DAK beginners.  It is designed to get you knitting fast.  Step by step instructions for opening a design from a disk or computer, how the tools work, downloading to the knitting machine and converting simple line drawings into knit designs.




Brother Disk to DAK Disk - Use the Brother disk drive to load a track or design on the knitting machine and then use DAK to upload the same designs to the computer. They are now in a language the computer can understand. This is important as the Brother disk drives are dying and they can’t be repaired.Written for 930, 940, 965i, 970 and PPD.




DesignaKnit Manual 1 - Stitch Designer Mode for Beginners - Learn the basics of DesignaKnit and the Stitch Designer Mode with Tricia's very easy to understand instructions. This book starts with knowing how to open DesignaKnit and all of the modes, and how to set the defaults in Stitch Designer. Then learn how to draw stitch patterns, modify, save and use them. See how easy it is to create a snowman with the drawing project in the book. Tricia takes you step by step to creating a snowman while learning how to use the drawing tools.




DesignaKnit Manual 2 - Standard Garment Styling Mode - Learn how to use the Standard Garment Styling Mode in DesignaKnit to create sweater patterns, and how to alter them for a custom fit. Learn how to print and read the instructions for each pattern pieces of the sweater. See how to store custom sizes to create a library of ready to go patterns. All you have to do is change the stitch gauge, and you have a new pattern.




DesignaKnit Manual 3 - Interactive Knitting Mode - The Interactive Knitting Mode makes it so easy to see how to shape a sweater, and when to start or change colors for a stitch pattern. No longer do you have to keep track of when to make a decrease. DesignaKnit will tell you. The instructions in Interactive Knitting are written on the computer screen, and they can be spoken to you. Learn how to prepare stitch patterns and shape files for Interactive knitting, and how to integrate a stitch pattern with a shape file. This is great for determining the placement of stitch patterns and stripes.




 DesignaKnit Manual 4 - Stitch Designer Mode - Intermediate - Tricia shares her extensive knowledge of DesignaKnit in this book. She builds on the information taught in her DAK Manuals 1 & 3. Learn how to use more tools, techniques and functions in the Stitch Designer Mode of DesignaKnit. Learn with easy to follow project examples that show how to modify and adjust stitch patterns.




 DesignaKnit Manual 5 - Original pattern Drafting Mode - For Beginners - Tricia shares her extensive knowledge of DesignaKnit in this book. She makes learning the basics of the Original Pattern Drafting Mode in DesignaKnit simple and easy to follow. Learn the basics for altering sweater shapes and how to define the details for the knitting instructions.





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