Crochet stitch diagrams are fantastic, but creating them (especially professional looking ones) can give designers major headaches. Many professionals will use Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is an expensive program and that tends to discourage a lot of newer designers. I have had success using Open Office Draw. While Draw may not have all the bells and whistles of Illustrator, it has worked just fine for me. Besides, it’s free.
To create the stitch symbols you have two choices: draw them each yourself or use a crochet stitch font as a basis. (Ok the third choice is to pay someone else to do it, but I’m assuming you are reading this because you want to learn how to do it yourself). I’ve used StitchinCrochet with great results and the $3 price tag makes it a no-brainer.
Over the next few posts I’ll show you how to make stitch diagrams in Draw using both the drawing tools and the crochet font. Stay tuned.