First, create a new Chart Diagram file by selecting the New Chart Diagram Icon from the main tool bar or by selecting from the main menu. → →
You can also use the keystroke Control+N (on Windows) or Cmd+N (on macOS).
The New Chart Diagram dialog opens (see next screengrab).
The folder defaults to the home directory. To select a different directory use the Browse button.
The file name contains a generated default name. If desired, type in a different file name. The file extension must be ".knt2".
(Optional) Type in a chart title. This can be edited later.
(Optional) Change the number of rows and columns that the chart will be initialised with, as well as the starting row and column numbers. You can insert or delete rows and columns later, so don't worry if you're not sure how many you will need at the start. See Inserting Rows and Inserting Columns for more info.
(Optional) Select if the chart represents flat or round knitting. Again, this can be changed later. Select Finish.
Stitchmastery creates and opens the Chart Diagram file.
In the Drawing Area you can see a chart with the number of rows and columns requested. The chart is initially filled with knit stitches.
Also in the Drawing Area is the key which contains an entry for the knit stitch.
To draw some stitches, select a drawer in the palette to open it. In this case, the 'Basic Stitches' drawer.
Select the purl stitch.
Move the cursor over to the chart to draw the purl stitches.
As the cursor moves over the chart, the cursor changes from an arrow to a pencil to indicate that 'Drawing Mode' is active.
Press the mouse button down to start drawing, move the mouse over the stitches to keep drawing.
To finish drawing, release the mouse button.
When a stitch is added to a chart for the first time, Stitchmastery automatically creates an entry in the key for it.
The key can also be used to change the stitch type being drawn rather than always having to return to the palette.
To add colour to a chart, either select a pre-defined colour from the palette or a custom colour.
As the cursor moves over the chart, the cursor changes from an arrow to a paintbrush to indicate that 'Painting Mode' is active.
Use the mouse buttons to paint in a similar way to drawing.
If you change your mind about an edit, you can undo it by selecting the Undo icon or using the Undo key shortcut (Control+Z (on Windows) or Cmd+Z (on macOS)) .
If you change your mind about the 'undo', you can 'redo' an 'undo' by selecting the Redo icon or using the Redo key shortcut (Control+Y (on Windows) or Cmd+Y (on macOS)) .