Best Free Cross Stitch Generators

KG-Chart import screen shot (source: KG-Chart)

Free Online cross stitch generators:

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

Free iPad cross stitch generator:

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

Based on 127 reviews

Magic Needle (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 5 reviews

Free download cross stitch generator:

Stitch Art Easy! (FREE) – 4/10

Based on 14 reviews

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.