Learn how to make simple graphs without fancy software. First a disclaimer: I am not a professional artist. As if that wasn’t obvious. However I can draw some basic things. I love seeing all the crochet and knit projects using graphs. I used to do some cross stitch needlepoint back in the day so I am familiar with following a graph. Making your own simple graphs is not difficult. I am technology challenged. I still do so much stuff the other fashioned way.. using a pen and paper. Here is how I made the heart graph to use in my Valentines Day square.
- Take a blank sheet of graph paper.. fold it (wrong side) in half, then half again. Now you have a small square
- Open up paper and use the fold crease marks as a guide. Draw half of your heart. (I can never get my symmetrical if I try to draw the entire heart first
- Open up and trace the other half of the heart.
- Flip paper over and fill in the squares to make the shape as best as you can. I find it easier to use a lightbox or place paper on a window so I can see the heart outline from the other side.
- Correct any errors.. Now take a clean sheet and do your final draft. I had to make some corrections on my heart.
That’s all there is to it. I am using this same technique to make a sailboat and fish for a nautical theme baby blanket. I’m sure there are better and easier ways to do this using technology. There are software programs that can take your photo and turn it into a graph. Some are better than others and many are free.
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