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 September 2018.

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Best PC cross stitch pattern software:

WinStitch ($52 ($47 with discount)) – 10/10

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

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

Based on 1024 reviews
You should also use the code “PCS11UPG” to save $30 when you buy!

KG Chart ($35) – 8.5/10

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

Ryijy Stitch Designer (FREE) – 6/10

Based on 7 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

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) – 8/10

Based on 37 reviews

Ryijy Stitch Designer (FREE) – 6/10

Based on 7 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

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

Thread-Bare ($10 per pattern) – 6/10

Based on 12 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 ($52 ($47 with discount)) – 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


Best iPad & iPhone cross stitch pattern software:

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

Based on 127 reviews

StitchSketch ($8) – 9/10

Based on 251 reviews

Magic Needle (FREE) – 7/10

Based on 3 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) – 6/10
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.

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

  1. Ok thanks, I’ll check the WinStitch software site to see if I like it better than PC Stitch… Thanks for the quick answer and advice.

  2. Hi Lord Libidan, Thanks for this good review on cross stitch design softwares. I was a Myria Cross user, I’ll have to change, as, as you stated it, it’s no longer supported! I discovered that few weeks ago while I needed a support and found a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable instead… I suppose that the best move for me is PC Stitch as they apparently share items. I wanted to try your discount voucher, but seems to be only the upgrade part, not the full software…

    1. Hi,
      It might be worth checking out WinStitch, they’re looking to work with the code from Myria Cross to support users. It’s slightly more expensive, but I think slightly better.
      Discount wise; the code you get after purchasing works even if you didn’t have PCStitch 10, so shouldn’t be an issue.

  3. I think the best option for you would be WinStitch (Or MacStitch if you use a Mac), as they have those tools. PCstitch has some limited stuff like lines, which allow you to make squares, but you’d either have to freehand a circle or import a circle from an image file and use it as a layer.

  4. Thanks for making this list, it’s great. I’m looking for a cross stitch program that has basic drawing tools such as circle, square, lines etc. I have Pcstitch which do not have thoose tools, which I find surprising, but it seems as noone has…? Greatful for your help.

  5. Thanks for providing a really good and up to date comparison of the different softwares!
    I am tempted by PCStitch, I’m trying it out at the moment for some initial coasters, I wanted to combine some motifs and different alphabets and it was getting a bit tedious in Excel! Plus with your deadly discount code it would make it affordable and justifiable. :^)

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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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