The first time SymblCro opens, it has two empty vertical panes. When the user opens a pattern, SymblCro puts the graph into the left pane and user entered text in the right.
The user can add rows and stitches to the graph pane with mouse clicks and menu commands. On the right, the user can edit verbal instructions for the pattern.
Stitches may be added singly or in multiples evenly along the row. SymblCro can delete the last stitch or row, or any selected stitch, or selected portions of the graph. "Mistakes" can be undone.
SymblCro recognizes basic stitches: crab and those from slip to quintuple-treble, in American terminology. SymblCro maintains a catalog of user created custom stitches formed by "decorating" basic stitches, such as front post double or back loop crab, or combination into cluster, popcorn, etc. The user can also create specialized picots, bullions, and Clones knots, and knot stitches. The user can enter how-to instructions for custom stitches. The Advanced Version can print out the how-to's for any custom stitches in a pattern.
The colors of stitches can be changed. The Advanced version allows stitch replacement and bold/light facing.
You can select portions of the graphed pattern and delete and/or copy these selections. Copied selections can be edited independently, flipped, and merged back into the graph one or more times.
SymblCro has a motif editor to create a mini pattern and insert it one or more times into any graphed patterns.
SymblCro can print the chart and the verbal instructions with additonal descriptive text.
SymblCro allows you to place stitches in any order, even in previous rows.
SymblCro aids in drafting patterns with a round design or rectangular design, or a combination.
In round mode, SymblCro can't predict where the next stitch will go, so it does little for you automatically.
In rectangular mode, SymblCro allows you to place multiple blocks along the row.You can play with SymblCro as soon as you open it, but you might miss several of its features and give up in despair if you do not review the Help file. You can print out the Help file for more ease in reading it. At least read through the Help\Overview so you have a flavor of SymblCro. If you find the help file unhelpful, please let us know. You might find some of your questions answered on the FAQ page.