How to make a simple Heart Graphs without fancy software

Heart Graph for C2C (Corner to Corner) square

Heart Graph

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.


  1.  Take a blank sheet of graph paper.. fold it (wrong side) in half, then half again.  Now you have a small square
  2. 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
  3. Open up and trace the other half of the heart.
  4. 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.
  5.  Correct any errors..  Now take a clean sheet and do your final draft.  I had to make some corrections on my heart.
Heart graph

How to make a simple heart graph

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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2 Responses to How to make a simple Heart Graphs without fancy software

  1. Devera February 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    You could also use graph paper with the blocks already on it. Walmart has it in the stationary supply section.

    • Yolanda February 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

      yes, this graph paper already had the squares.. but you are absolutely correct. There a lots of different size graph paper

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