Easy Stitch iPhone app ideal tutor for crafting novices

I can’t tell you the difference between crocheting and knitting—all I know is that I don’t know how to do either. But should I ever be inspired to learn either (as well as embroidery) I know that Easy Stitch is just a tap away.

For beginners, Easy Stitch offers step-by-step instructions with photos. Yes, there are sewing instruction videos on YouTube, but Easy Stitch has all its information in-app, which means you don’t need to rely on the Internet—a nice feature for iPod Touch users who might be away from Wi-Fi.

The app also uses common pattern abbreviations in its instruction, which means you can apply the steps to any pattern from a store. If you aren’t ready to take that plunge, the app offers a few patterns for each crafting method.

For knitting, Easy Stitch defines the different types of yarns and the difference among yarn weights. It also explains which needles should be used, and provides a needle conversion chart, along with teaching the knit stitch, purl and bind off.  Embroidery explains thread types, tools needed and 10 different stitches. Crocheters will learn a chain, single crochet and double crochet.

Easy Stitch’s focus is really on the very beginning steps of crocheting, knitting and embroidery, so if you aren’t a novice, you should save your $2.99.

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