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Helping with translations

When we launched Stitchmastery Version 3, one of the key additions to the programme were German and Danish translations of both the system Stitch Libraries and the Text Templates stylesheets. We were able to add these thanks to designers who helped us with the translations.

This addition to the software means that anyone who would like to publish patterns in German or Danish can create charts with all the key text and accompanying written instructions in those languages at the click of a button. As users can customise both stitches and text templates, it is also relatively easy to customise this output to suit particular styles. All of this amounts to a considerable time saving for users publishing in those languages.

We would love to add translations in more languages but need help to do this. If you are interested in helping and have the language and knitting knowledge to do so, please contact us at and let us know which language you can offer. We’ll then let you know whether anyone has already begun work translating into your language.

To make the translations as easy and fast as possible, we have prepared spreadsheets of both the stitch definitions and text templates as well as detailed notes. Editing the spreadsheets is a considerably faster way of editing all the values than editing individual stitches from within Stitchmastery. Existing translations have taken about 4 hours for stitches and text templates. We pay for this translation work at a normal set fee of £60. Once the spreadsheets have been updated and sent to us, we use them to generate system Stitch Libraries which will be available to users in the next update available to Stitchmastery.

How do I change the language to German or Danish?

To change the language of your key text and written instructions, go to Diagram -> Edit Diagram Properties -> Stitch Library and Text Templates tab, and choose the appropriate language from the 2 drop-down menus. The Stitch Library option changes the names/descriptions of your stitches, and the Text Template controls the framework wording – eg “round/row”, “to end of row” etc. You can set these as your defaults by opening Preferences (under Tools if you use Windows and Stitchmastery if you use macOs), choose Stylesheets in the left hand menu (click the small triangle next to Preferences if you can’t see Stylesheets, to display the menu), and use the drop-down menus at the bottom of the window.

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