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Silvertiger,

It's formulaic...kind of like this...let's say you have black and red, a very striking color combo.  We'll call black the background, red the foreground color.  Since you're talking about a name, I'll keep this simple and the example will be a capital letter "T," sans serif.  I'll talk as if the pattern has the illusion starting in the "first" row. 

Row 1:
So with black, you'll start on the first row, which is plain knitting.  You'll cast on the required number of stitches, so say you have 8 stitches in every row.  You'll knit those 8 stitches.

Row 2:
Staying with black, you'll work in your pattern.  You'll knit the background, purl the foreground.  In this case, let's say we're starting at the bottom of the letter "T," so all you have is a small base, 3 stitches which you'll knit, 2 stitches for the actual pattern (purl), then another 3 stitches you'll knit.

Row 3:
Switch color to red.  Important: don't cut either color.  The easiest thing to do is to carry the colors up along the side of the work when not in use.
With red, knit across.

Row 4:
Staying with red, you'll do exactly the opposite of what you did in row 2 - you'll purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches.  That means in row 4, you'll have 3 purl stitches, 2 knit stitches, 3 purl stitches.

All four of these rows are really the same row in illusion knitting.  So even though I've called them 1-4, they're really all row 1.  And since it's easier for us to follow the numbers as they go in a logical order, it's usually best to write out an illusion knitting pattern so it looks pretty conventional.  But in the case of illusion, you'd multiply the normal number of rows by 4.  So if your pattern happened to be 8 stitches high, you'd really end up knitting 8 x 4, or 32 rows for illusion.

Hope this has been helpful.  Smile  As you can see, the instructions involve only knits and purls, so it's very basic, nothing complex.  Smile

nicky didn't kick him hard enough to cause damage i wouldn't really call it a kick either more of a tap with the foot 

MBarnes,

I'm sorry to say that our beta test of the 300 stitch width feature concluded as of November 1, 2015.  The good news is that you can still subscribe to the 300 stitch wide feature or the 500 stitch wide feature, only both of them are now paid features, with very low introductory rates.  You can find out about the services we're offering so far by reading about them on this page:
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As I mentioned above, our introductory prices are quite reasonable, at the 300 stitch width for 2.99/year* and the 500 stitch width for $4.99/year*.  Please note that if you choose the 500 stitch width option, you won't have to subscribe to the 300 stitch optionl, which is why the pricing structure is different for both of them, since one allows a larger number of stitches than the other.

You'll find all of the information about the change to the 300 stitch width option at the above link, and if you're interested in subscribing to any of our premier features, the direct link to our subscription page is here:
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*introductory prices

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Lisa,

Goodness, I can completely understand how hard it is to count and write patterns by hand!  Surprised  I did that pre-computers...ouch, you're not kidding about eyestrain!

As for your questions:
1) You've been upgraded!  Smile

2) Please let me know if I'm understanding your question correctly.  Smile  You've taken a png of the output of a stitching program - an already-created graph - and used that as a basis for creating a pattern?  If that's correct, the answer is actually simpler than that...all you need to do is take your original image and run that through the freePatternWizard.  That will get you the most optimal result.  Smile  In other words, this lets the program do the work for you, rather than using another program first to do the work.  Now, you'll still likely have to experiment a bit to figure out the length of your pattern (you can only enter a width, because if you were to designate a length, too, it would skew your pattern), but that can be done in a graphics program by adding borders.

We do have plans to add some editing functions, which may or may not help with what you're doing, but those are not available at this time.

Hope that helps!  Smile  Let me know how sending the original image through works for you...it may even work out that you don't need to add borders, but that depends on your image and isn't something I can really say.  Smile
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