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 cross stitch programs on PC, Mac, Online and iPad with online polls and feefo review scores. Updated November 2018.

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Best PC cross stitch pattern software:

WinStitch ($52 ($48 with discount)) – 10/10

Based on 1834 reviews
Use this link ($) or this link (£) to save yourself $5 when you buy!

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

Based on 2063 reviews
You should also use the code “PCS11UPG” to save $30 when you buy!

KG Chart ($35) – 8/10

Based on 1112 reviews

BlendThreads (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 37 reviews

Istitch 2 ($30) – 7/10

Based on 31 reviews

Sew and So Cross Stitch Designer ($42) – 6/10

Based on 46 reviews

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

Based on 57 reviews

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

Based on 47 reviews

StitchCraft ($155 to $830) – 5/10

Based on 213 reviews

STOIK Stitch Creator ($51) – 5/10

Based on 98 reviews

Stitch Painter ($199/FREE) – 5/10

Based on 23 reviews

Ryijy Stitch Designer (FREE) – 4/10

Based on 18 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 FREE PC cross stitch pattern software:

BlendThreads (FREE) – 6/10

Based on 97 reviews

Ryijy Stitch Designer (FREE) – 4/10

Based on 18 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 1792 reviews

patterncreator.com ($7.50) – 8/10

Based on 312 reviews

Thread-Bare ($10 per pattern) – 8/10

Based on 147 reviews

patternsforyou.com (FREE) – 7.5/10

Based on 1042 reviews

myphotostitch.com (FREE) – 7/10

Based on 302 reviews

pixel-stitch.net (FREE) – 7/10

Based on 57 reviews

stitchyourphoto.com ($5 per pattern) – 6/10

Based on 4 reviews

The Folklore Company ($9/FREE per pattern) – 6/10

Based on 17 reviews

DMC Snap & Stitch ($10/FREE per pattern) – 6/10

Based on 36 reviews

PictureCraftWork ($12 per pattern) – 6/10

Based on 4 reviews

craftdesignonline (FREE) – 5/10

Based on 46 reviews

Pic2Pat (FREE) – 5/10

Based on 78 reviews

StitchBoard (FREE) – 5/10

Based on 13 reviews

Photo2CrossStitch ($5 per pattern) – 5/10

Based on 8 reviews


Best MAC cross stitch pattern software:

MacStitch ($50 ($46 with discount)) – 9/10

Based on 543 reviews
Use this link ($) or 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


Best iPad & iPhone cross stitch pattern software:

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

Based on 127 reviews

StitchSketch ($8) – 8/10

Based on 274 reviews

Magic Needle (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 5 reviews

Cross Stitch Camera ($4) – 5/10

Based on 36 reviews


Best ANDROID cross stitch pattern software:

eCanvas for cross-stitch PRO ($3) – 8/10

Based on 92 reviews

XStitch Designer ($1) – 7/10

Based on 220 reviews


Best LINUX cross stitch pattern software:

KXStitch (FREE) – 6/10

Based on 7 reviews


Unsupported Software Replacements:

Photoshop Swatches (PC)

REPLACEMENT: Ryijy Stitch Designer (FREE) – 4/10
The only usable free alternative, Ryijy is open source and works independantly from Photoshop, but with a very similar process.
 

MyriaCross (PC)

REPLACEMENT: WinStitch ($52 ($47 with discount)) – 10/10
MyriaCross gave some of its code to WinStitch, so they could replicate their features. As a result, its the best, and closes alternative.
 

Easy Cross (PC)

REPLACEMENT: WinStitch ($52 ($47 with discount)) – 10/10
Slightly less easy to use, but a full software option.
 

PixelCraft (ONLINE)

REPLACEMENT: stitchfiddle.com (FREE) – 9/10
A slightly improved version of PixelCraft.
 

StitchCraft (MAC)

REPLACEMENT: MacStitch ($52 ($47 with discount)) – 9/10
A similar, but much more advanced program.
 

Spriter (MAC)

REPLACEMENT: stitchfiddle.com (FREE) – 9/10
Just as simple to use, but without the need for installation. In addition has slightly better editing tools.
 

Cross Stitch 2 Go HD (IPAD)

REPLACEMENT: Cross Stitch Saga (FREE ($4 upgrade)) – 9/10
A slight improvement on Cross Stitch 2 Go HD, with a low price tag.
 

X-Stitch (IPAD)

REPLACEMENT: Cross Stitch Saga (FREE ($4 upgrade)) – 9/10
A better alternative app, with more features.
 
 
I’ve also created a great infographic on which is the best cross stitch pattern software for easy selection.

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

  1. I was trying to enter the coupon code for Winstitch, but it says it is not valid. Do you have a new code, or if not, you will want to update your review. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      The coupon code is for PCstitch, WinStitch just has links you can follow.
      I’ve checked them both and they work, so I think you might have got confused.
      Hope that helps!

  2. I am the programmer of BlendThreads, and I was exceedingly surprised to learn that BlendThreads is no longer supported and that I have given parts of the code to WinStitch. I am sure I would have noticed doing so, yet I have absolutely no recollection of the event. BlendThreads is a hobby of mine and is under constant tinkering, with some work occurring today. Currently the ImageEditor part has been receiving most attention, with quite a few functions being added to increase its functionality.

    Regards

    Richard

    1. Hey Richard!
      Your site went down for a few weeks, we thought you were gone! However, the description got confused with MyriaCross, which actually gave some of its code away about a year go…
      We’ve put you back where you belong and updated the description!

  3. Has PC Stitch been removed from reviews? I wanted to compare Winstitch and PCstitch. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for including our thread-bare.com app in your reviews! The $9.99 price point is intended to be cheaper than buying an app for people who just want an odd conversion doing – we plan on providing access to the app at a much lower price point as part of a store platform for people wanting to sell patterns. There are a lot of options which can be overwhelming and we’re working on providing a way to make picking them easier. Also, we just added new palette options so people can chose the latest full DMC 482 range (with the new 01-35 colors) or the 447 range without them

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