Everyone Needs an Engineer

Last weekend I was complaining that it is so hard to find a good sized piece of knitting graph paper.  Odin didn’t understand.  Why couldn’t I just use plain ol’ graph paper?

Well, some of you probably know this, but knitting stitches are wider than they are tall.  This means that, if I use normal, square shaped graph paper for a color chart, the actual knitting will appear much squatter than what is on the paper.  Observe:


This is plain old stockinette stitch, which really shows the difference I’m talking about.

Now, I have a small (3×5) notebook of graph paper, blank pages, and lined pages, for jotting down thoughts throughout the day.  When it comes to the graph, however, it just doesn’t hold up.  Who wants to knit a tiny little swatch of color?  It didn’t suit my design needs at all, but it so difficult to find large sheets of the appropriately sized graph paper.

So, Odin set to work.  Two days ago, he came home with a roll of paper for me.  When I opened it, I discovered perfectly sized rectangles on sheets of 11×17.  They were charted in 3 different ways. One had 10×15 sections outlined, one had 10×10, and the other did not have outlines. I was very excited.

He made the paper himself at this free website.   I spent some time today playing around on it.  You can make any kind of graph paper you want for a variety of projects.  I had a hard time figuring out what Odin did for the graph, so I googled “knitting stitch ratio” and found this site: the knitting site, which is freaking fantastic and you need to check out.  I linked you to the graph paper page.

During lunch today, I printed off 50 copies of the portrait and the landscape options and used my office’s bind-o-matic to make a notebook:


And to think, none of this would have happened if I didn’t have my personal engineer.


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