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Free Stitch Design Software For Hand and Machine Knitting – WinCrea

Win_Crea is a wonderful Windows freeware program for the Passap E6000 knitting machine. It is very similar to Stitch Painter and the Stitch Designer module in Designaknit. With some limitations, this software gem can be used by all machine knitters and hand knitters.

It is a very simple program to learn. In less than an hour, I was able to combine two clip art images, change a few colors, and add some columns to make the blanket image below. No, I do not have lots of experience with the software. This design was my maiden voyage. If you have used any basic bit-mapped graphics program, you will quickly grasp Win_Crea’s tools and menus.

abstract arrow baby blanket

Win_Crea can open files in .cut (Passap), .bmp, or .wmf formats. It can save in .cut and .bmp. This means all those huge collections of clip art gathering dust in your software cabinet can now be mined for knitting ideas. Once a file is imported, the software will allow you to rotate, change colors, flip, stretch, zoom in/out, add/delete columns and rows, and overlay one image on top of the other.

When your design is done, save it as a .cut file, then do a screen capture to keep the grid. When I tried using the Save command from within Win_Crea, the .bmp file stripped out the grid. A PrintScreen preserves the lines. Open the screen capture in your favorite graphics program, crop the excess screen capture, and print out the image for reference. If you know of a better way, please share in the comments. At the moment, I don’t have a color printer so I wasn’t able to see if printing from within Win_Crea keeps the stitch lines.

Some points to keep in mind:

  • WinCrea is limited to 180 stitches because the E6000 has 180 needles. It is also limited to 255 rows. I assume this is due to memory issues in the E6000. If your design is wider or taller, you will need to break it into multiple files.
  • The download feature only works for the Passap E6000. For all other makes of electronic knitting machines, you will have to manually enter the design.
  • Since knitting is made up of rectangles, not squares, take advantage of Win_Crea’s ability to specify a specific gauge stitch/row proportion. You will find this option under Settings – Swatch Data.

Did I mention it’s free?

win_crea screen capture

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1 Nelly Alavi { 08.23.08 at 4:49 pm }

I am very interesting about the win_crea, to make design and knitting in the Passap E6000.

I hope download to check the software.



2 Marium Trefren { 11.12.08 at 6:54 pm }

I have wincrea -but need instructions to use it.

thank you

Marium Trefren

3 Beata { 12.30.08 at 4:04 pm }


I have Vista 64 on my PC and I have a problem with installation of win-crea. Is there a way to get win crea running on Vista 64?


4 Kathryn { 01.09.09 at 2:01 pm }

You need to direct your question to the Win Crea website or try posting a question at the Yahoo Group PassapKnits.

I don’t use Vista and only fire up the PC when I absolutely have to – I’m a Mac gal.

5 kaye { 01.20.09 at 5:55 pm }

how do i download Wincre

6 Kathryn { 01.20.09 at 7:00 pm }

Click on the very first word in the post, Win_Crea. It will take you to the developer’s website. Follow his link to download the software.

For a direct route, go to:

7 Keiki Gifts { 02.09.09 at 7:25 pm }

Thank you for submitting your article to our craft carnival.

8 Palma { 10.10.09 at 1:04 pm }

The links above doesn’t work anymore, but here you can find WinCrea again:

Groeten uit Amsterdam… 😉

9 Kathryn { 11.10.09 at 3:44 pm }

Link updated. Thanks to all for letting me know it was dead.

10 Mary Beth { 01.10.10 at 6:29 pm }

Just wondering…can this software be used to create patterns for the Ultimate Sweater Machine? I’m starting to create some ideas in my head for what I’d like to make, but am not sure how to get it down on paper. This program looks like it will fit the bill, but I’m not sure how to set it up. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks….

11 ROSEMARY { 04.16.10 at 10:07 am }

Many thanks to PALMA for helping to find a site to download Wincrea, I was getting so frustrated. Thanks again.

12 Väskor « Maskinstickning { 09.13.10 at 1:54 am }

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13 Dereje Berihun { 12.10.10 at 4:15 am }

Thank you for your help. I want to down load to my window for training. How can I do the free downloading?
Thank you again!

14 hanneke { 02.06.11 at 2:13 pm }

Hi everyone,
Here’s the current direct link to the website of wincrea’s developers:

I was just wondering, how do i upload the patterns from the pc to the passap? What kind of cable do I need?

many thanks in advance!


PS does anything like this exist for apple computers? if not i’ll have to get my old pc from the attic….

15 Oenie Musch { 07.06.11 at 5:24 am }


I have download the Wincrea , and it’s a fine program.

Can someone tell me wich cable for the Passap E6000 i used.
I have a cable for the Creation 6 .

Can use this cable ?

16 gerda thompson { 12.28.11 at 9:51 am }

Hello. I have duomatic 80 and am trying to make the pattern with a deco using 4 colors. The deco knits but doesnt show the pattern correctly. It knits the birdseye pattern but not the 4 color pattern. Thank you very much. Gerda

17 Norma { 07.27.12 at 6:53 am }
18 Rhyanna DeTuathana { 02.06.13 at 5:32 pm }

HI can this software work with Brother Knitting Machines.


19 rina Campbell { 03.01.13 at 5:30 am }

Can you please tell me if wincrea can work on Windows 7?

20 GinB { 05.22.13 at 10:06 am }

I found a different link to Win_crea. It looks to be right from the freeware programmers. They even list the versions created and what was done on each…just to make sure you have the lastest and greatest. The actual download link is here:















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