Gearing up to Graph-ghan

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Is it Tuesday again already? Oh, my…

I have made SUCH progress on multiple orders…and cleaned my yarn bins and shelves, AND even tidied and polished my “projects” table…

Here is my new favorite storage system…a triple laundry sorter that has become my work-in-progress afghan-keeper! I actually finished two afghans last week, now that things are tidy. 😀

Of course as soon as those afghans came out, there were more to take their place!

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All that completion created space in my mind–and life– to tackle something new! It is a special request from my husband for a co-worker’s baby. It will be a bit of a monster, but for him? Anything.

He and the father-to-be designed it themselves.
When he told me what they had in mind, I knew my usual methods wouldn’t do.

So a graphghan it is! But first, I need to learn how…

I read a tutorial that said to use windows paint to lay a graph over your image. I might have paint on my computer (the one that thinks it is 2006) but I honestly don’t even know…

So  maybe I could use my printer to create the chart? It worked!

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First, I needed some graph paper printed to my specifications. Next, I used Word to adjust my image and add text. I printed my Word doc onto the graph paper and voila!

I found the graph paper download here, with so many lovely options.
http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/multiwidth/
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I am not concerned about the finished size, just something about 100 stitches across…I can always add a border to increase it: pram or crib-size will suffice, and I suspect this will end up throw or twin-size, anyway. I could do the stitch-count math but I don’t particularly care. 🙂

I love that the graph paper allowed for three colors of weighted lines, which will make it easier to read. My first printing, I did 10, 2 and 1 squares per inch. Looking at the results, however, I decided I wanted the details a bit finer than that and went to 16, 4 and 1.

As for method…I joined a group on facebook and looked at their photos. I learn so much just from the questions other people ask! There are several options for graphghan stitches: sc, hdc, dc, tunisian and even C2C! Though I prefer hdc, I am going to go with sc to keep my stitches squared (as wide as they are tall). This will avoid elongating my graphic.

Now for my nemesis…as much as I like to try new things, graphghans have two serious flaws: they are BORING and they have a gazillion ends to weave at the finish!

Instead of buying special bobbins to hold the thread, I’ll be using these guys:
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As for the monotony of creation, I’ll take it slow and put on some good background music. Making a mistake means ripping out rows and rows of stitches…and I so despise “frogging”.

Only my love for my husband and the rarity of his special request will fuel this one to completion. We made a late-night run for yarn in the branch colors last night.

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My next step will be to watch a few how-to videos to brush up on joining colors and weaving ends. Maybe I will find some clever techniques to aid in the drudgery! I can hope, can’t I? 😉

A quick search produced plenty of results.
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Phew! All this and I haven’t even started…look out, more learning ahead. I do love to learn!
Happy Tuesday! And happy hooking. 🙂

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