What’s the best cross stitch pattern software?

I often get asked “What’s the best cross stitch pattern software?” , and it shouldn’t surprise you that there are lots of options. This post details the most used programs on PC, Mac, Online and iPad with feefo review scores. Updated July 2017; Added discount codes for WinStitch & MacStitch. Added ILSoft Stitch R-XP.

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Best PC cross stitch pattern software:

PC Stitch ($50 ($20 with discount)) – 9/10

Based on 1024 reviews
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WinStitch ($52 ($47 with discount)) – 9/10

Based on 832 reviews
Use this link to save yourself $5 when you buy!

KG Chart ($35) – 8.5/10

Based on 1112 reviews

BlendThreads (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 1 reviews

Istitch 2 ($30) – 7/10

Based on 31 reviews

Sew and So Cross Stitch Designer ($100) – 6/10

Based on 46 reviews

HobbyWare Pattern Maker for cross-stitch ($60) – 6/10

Based on 57 reviews

Ryijy Stitch Designer (FREE) – 6/10

Based on 7 reviews

MyriaCross ($50) – 6/10

Based on 374 reviews

Easy Cross ($87) – 6/10

Based on 352 reviews

DP Software Cross Stitch Pro Platinum ($182) – 5/10

Based on 47 reviews

STOIK Stitch Creator ($51) – 5/10

Based on 98 reviews

Stitch Painter ($199) – 5/10

Based on 23 reviews

StitchCraft ($144) – 3/10

Based on 22 reviews

ILSoft Stitch R-XP ($99) – 3/10

Based on 13 reviews

Stitch Art Easy! (FREE) – 4/10

Based on 14 reviews

Cstitch (FREE) – 3/10

Based on 4 reviews


Best Online cross stitch pattern software:

stitchfiddle.com (FREE) – 9/10

Based on 1523 reviews

patterncreator.com ($7.50) – 8/10

Based on 257 reviews

patternsforyou.com (FREE) – 7.5/10

Based on 1042 reviews

myphotostitch.com (FREE) – 7/10

Based on 302 reviews

craftdesignonline (FREE) – 5/10

Based on 46 reviews

Pic2Pat (FREE) – 5/10

Based on 78 reviews

PixelCraft (FREE) – 5/10

Based on 19 reviews

StitchBoard (FREE) – 5/10

Based on 13 reviews


Best MAC cross stitch pattern software:

MacStitch ($52) – 9/10

Based on 543 reviews
Use this link to save yourself $5 when you buy!

stitchfiddle.com (FREE) – 9/10

Based on 1523 reviews

DP Software Cross Stitch Pro Platinum ($191) – 5/10

Based on 47 reviews

Stitch Painter ($199) – 5/10

Based on 23 reviews

StitchCraft ($155) – 5/10

Based on 14 reviews

Spriter (FREE) – 2/10

Based on 4 reviews


Best iPad cross stitch pattern software:

Cross Stitch Saga (FREE ($4 upgrade)) – 9/10

Based on 127 reviews

StitchSketch ($8) – 7/10

Based on 59 reviews

Cross Stitch Camera ($4) – 5/10

Based on 36 reviews

X-Stitch ($3) – 1/10

Based on 3 reviews


Best andorid cross stitch pattern software:

eCanvas for cross-stitch PRO ($3) – 9/10

Based on 79 reviews

XStitch Designer ($1) – 7/10

Based on 218 reviews

I’ve also created a great infographic on which is the best cross stitch pattern software for easy selection.

9 thoughts on “What’s the best cross stitch pattern software?

  1. I wish to purchase PC Stitch as a Christmas present for my daughter. If I purchase online and I get an unlock code, do I just enclose it with the CD? and will it still be valid by January 2018?

    1. Hi Cathy,
      You have two ways to buy PCStitch. You can either use the provided link to buy a CD copy, or you can download the trial version and buy an unlock code through the program. You need either the CD or the code, not both. If you’re planning to get it as a Christmas gift I would suggest buying the CD.
      Regardless of how you purchase, both the CD and code will be valid for 2 years (I checked with the PCStitch owner).
      Hope this helps!

  2. I also have MacStitch, happy with the product so far. I wish it was more user friendly. Many hidden features require in depth manual reading.

  3. What about BlendThreads? I found a copy of it online by the creator on Cross Stitch forum. It’s a free program.

  4. This was a most interesting read and must have taken quite a bit of research! I just wanted to add, in support of the Hobbyware Pattern Maker for Cross Stitch (we use the Pro version), even though there have not been any recent updates, their support team are very helpful and quick to respond whenever I’ve had an problem.

    1. A really good point, I’ll add in some messages to say. The only ones that save as PDF are PCStitch, WinStitch & MacStitch.

      1. Well I did more research… I went with WinStitch and paid the extra $18.00 us for lifetime upgrades. I’m very happy with it! And now i have cross stitch on my kindle! Thank you for the wonderful blog. Very great

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