October 23rd, 2012

Tuesday’s Tip – Graph Paper!

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This week’s tip is from Kirsten Hipsky, the WEBS Design Manager. She fills us in on one of her favorite designing resources!

What’s a crafting tool that’s thin, light weight, portable, and lets you see what your knitting or crochet will look like BEFORE you even touch your yarn? A good piece of graph paper!

You can sometimes find a limited selection of it in the stationery section of office supply stores, but what if you want smaller, bigger, or clearer grids than what they sell? What if you want a rectangular grid that represents your actual stitch and row gauge? And what if you want to arrange triangular or hexagonal motifs?

http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ is a free online source for a large variety of graph paper that you can generate to your exact specifications and print out yourself. I’ve used it for years for charting my stitch patterns and sweater shaping, and it’s saved me a lot of time and aggravation. I’ve even printed out multiple pages and stapled them into a booklet for when I’m travelling.

 

 

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Grace

Customer Service Liaison at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I started working at WEBS in September 2010. I learned how to knit 5 years ago and have been crocheting since childhood. When I'm not knitting, I love to be outside with my Black Lab, Ellie.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Dainton/1092733269 Kathleen Dainton

    Went to the graph paper site-but was unsure of the size needed to graph knitting projects? Know it is not 4 blocks to an inch-any suggestions?

  • http://twitter.com/websyarnstore Webs Yarn Store

    Kirstin says that 4 squares to the inch is fine. There is no size of graph paper unsuitable to knitting. It’s all just a matter of personal preference (and eyesight!)