How To Create A Crochet Graph Using Stitch Fiddle
Hi everyone! As promised here is my 'How To Create A Crochet Graph' post! Graphs are so so easy to follow, and the finished products can be absolutely amazing! In this post I'll show you exactly how I create my graphs.
Step number one is to figure out exactly what you want to make and what picture you want to crochet. If you haven't followed a graph before, I recommend something basic such as a letter cushion or blanket. The letter cushion graph I create in this post is a great starting point!
Once you've decided on what you'd like to make head over to stitchfiddle.com. This is a great tool for creating your graph. There are a few other websites out there for creating graphs but this is my favourite, and best of all you can create and save up to 15 graphs for FREE! You could of course use graph paper and draw up your graph by hand, but I say let technology do it for you!
Let's get started!
Click the link above to open the Stitch Fiddle website. The front page should look like this. Today we will be selecting the 'Crochet' option of course.
Once you've selected the 'Crochet' option, you will be taken to this page. We now want to select the 'Colors: Pixel crochet / Graphgan / Corner 2 corner (c2c)' option.
You will then be taken to this page where you will select either 'Empty Chart (own design)' or 'From Picture'. The empty chart option allows you to draw up your own graph. This is great if you would like to create your own unique design/ picture. Alternatively, you can select the from picture option which allows you to upload a picture, which will then be converted into a graph. This is the option I'll be using today.
The next step is to upload your picture. You can upload absolutely ANYTHING! Today we will be keeping it simple, but once you've had a bit of practice you can attempt something a little more detailed. Once you've selected your picture your screen should look like this.
Now, you will notice on the left hand side there are a few editing tools. Select the box that says "Exact Size'. This allows you to select the exact number of rows and columns for your graph. Every square will count as ONE stitch. In the example below you will see I have selected a width of 34 and a height of 29. This means my graph will be 34 squares (stitches) by 29 squares (stitches). You can choose your own number of rows and columns to suit what you're making. I have also changed my colour count to 2, since I will only be using 2 different coloured yarn for this project. Don't worry if your graph looks like its been cut off like mine does below. It will fix itself once you click 'Save Chart'.
Once you've clicked 'Save Chart' your screen should look a little something like this. Now, you will notice that the graph may not be absolutely perfect, but thats OK! You can fix any imperfections using the editing tools. Simply click 'Edit' and select 'Edit Chart' from the drop down menu.
Once you've edited your chart and you have it looking just right you can have a play around with the different colours. I've changed mine to Grey and White as they are the colours I'll be using today. I've also added a few extra rows and columns using the add column/ row function in the 'Edit' drop down menu. The reason for this is my letter cushion pattern requires 48 stitches x 41 stitches, however I don't want my 'A' to be stretched right to the edges of my cushion. This way I'm able to create a border around my 'A', so it sits perfectly in the centre of my project.
Once you have your graph looking exactly how you want it you're ready to start the fun part, CROCHETING! Now, originally this was going to be a 'How to Create and Follow a Crochet Graph' post but I've decided to break it up into two parts as it is quite a lot of information to take in all at once. Have fun creating your graphs and I'll see you back here for part two - 'How to Follow a Crochet Graph'.
As always if you have any questions please comment below and I'll do my very best to help you.