Basic knitting graph paper is easy to get online. . . but all it is is graph paper that is fudged a bit so the aspect ratio of the boxes resembles the size (height and width only) of a real knitting stitch better than regular graph paper with squares.
BUT what if you are really trying to design a nice color pattern for a sweater or other project?? What will give you the best results for your design efforts?
Well, Gari of garilynn.etsy.com, had this dilemmna and solved it with the help of her clever DH!
And thanks to Gari, I have a few sets of her "solution" to review and giveaway to you! Thanks, Gari!
The Knit Stitch Graph Paper is a great tool for knitters planning out a color design. It just makes sense! The best way to plan a design and get the best results are by using the best, most accurate tools.
The Knit Stitch Graph Paper is graph paper that is made with the actual v-shapes of a knit stitch! So, it can really let you see what a finished color design will look like.
It is sold in pads OR as transparency overlay sheets! I LOVE the transparencies, because you use them by overlaying them on top of the design you want (e.g. a flower design that you like). . . then "translate" the v-stitches into the appropriate color to best approximate the design into a knitable design. Genius!
And the printed pads are ideal if you are making your own free-form design vs. tracing something.
Really neat and nicely done. The transparencies are packaged in plastic tubes to keep them safe and easy to store.
Gari sells her Knit Stitch Graph Paper as a pdf download on Ravelry.com and the printed pads and transparencies in her etsy shop at garilynn.etsy.com. She sells landscape and portrait versions. Very useful tools for any novice or experienced knitting designer.
*** And now, the giveaway details! ***
I will be giving away 3 sets of Knit Stitch Graph products to 3 randomly chosen commenters!
Just comment on this blog post and tell us what you think of this knitting tool. I'll randomly pick from all commenters and give away 3 sets:
- One set of BOTH landscape and portrait transparencies + the transparency marker set!
- Two sets, each incluying BOTH landscape and portrait printed pads + the colored marker set shown above!
The marker sets that Gari sent me a perfect for designing and come in a nice range of colors.
Comments must be posted by 9pm PST, December 31st, 2010. One comment per person please. Giveaway items can only be shipped to continental U.S. and Canada addresses.
Good luck to all!
*** December 30th UPDATE!! *** Deadline to enter this giveaway extended one week. Please comment to enter this giveaway by 9pm PST, January 7th, 2011. Happy New Year!!
** January 12, 2011 Winners Announced! **
And the 3 randomly chosen commenters to win a Knitting Graph Paper set are:
Shirley Baumbaugh, Janie Holley, and Peggy R. (who commented on 12/31/10). Congrats! You've been emailed so I can get your mailing addresses.
Thanks everyone for entering!