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Pieter,

Welcome!  Smile

We've been discussing the idea of creating an Excel spreadsheet, so it's a very good possibility we'll offer that sometime in the future.  Smile  Currently we have a list of over 100 features, and we do move up the more requested ones in priority.  I'm sorry I can't offer a time frame, but as you can see, we have a lot of features planned!

If you'd like to test it for us if and when it becomes a possibility, we'd be happy to add you to our list...please let us know.  Smile

Sandy,

Welcome!  Smile  So happy to hear you like the freePatternWizard.  Smile

I'm sorry to say that the only option for the pattern on-screen is in color.  You would have to use the PDF output for symbols.  I know it can be a bit much to print out all of the pages...though we've been talking about future options to resize PDF pages.  Smile

If you'd like to post photos of your work sometime (whether or not it was created with the freePatternWizard), please feel free, so we can all drool!  Wink

Silvertiger,

There's a way you can enlarge a picture here...if you choose the "image" button, then once it's loaded, click on the image and you'll have spots around the image where you can "pull" on them to enlarge; however, if it's a jpg, it may be at maximum resolution anyway, in which case making it larger will only blur it.  Frown  Doesn't hurt to try, though!  Smile

I think a word chart is probably better than a graph in this case...I personally would find it confusing to have to remember which row/color was knit/purl and which was purl/knit!  Of course, it's not easy to just sit down and write those instructions.  Frown

This may not be an option for you, though I'll say it because it could help and you may want to try this.  You could sign up for the freePatternWizard's Illusion Knitting feature (it's a premier feature, though, so it's not part of the free program).  If you can make up the letters with a fairly small font, one you can save in a very small number of pixels and (if you have the ability) save it out as a png or gif file, running it through the freePatternWizard would give you the choice of word chart or graph.  And if you could make the file small enough, you could do it on a 1:1 basis (e.g., one stitch per pixel).  What wouldn't work is to reduce it through the freePatternWizard, as it's not really a graphics program and would end up making the image unrecognizable.

If you want to see what it looks like, there's a sample of what a word chart and a graph would look like, right here in the community; there's also a pattern one of our members created with numbers, so you can get an idea of how something like that looks.  That's in these messages here:
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Take a look at the pattern...I find the word charts so much easier to follow.  You could also make yours a bit smaller than Kim did in her pattern.  Just remember that whatever the length of your piece, the actual number of rows will be 4x as many, in order to work as an illusion knitting pattern.  Smile

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Margaret,

You've been upgraded!

You're very welcome...gald we could be of help to you!  Smile

BTW, we now offer a larger size than the upgrade, if you'd like...that one goes up to 500 stitches across.  It's a premier feature with a nominal introductory fee of $4.99 for an entire year.  Smile  Here is the information page:
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