February 13th, 2012
I recently made a graphgan for a friend. If you’ve never made a graphgan or even know what it is, that’s okay. It’s very simple. Basically, it’s an afghan made with a design sketched out on a graph. You can make just about any design in an afghan. I’m sure if you used google images you’d be so surprised of all of the blankets out there. I know there are several fellow crocheters that may be intimidated by something new. But it’s really easy and a lot of fun. So I’m going to show you how to create a graphgan.
First, you’ll want to get some graph paper. Now, each box represents a stitch. What I do now is outline the area I want for the whole project. So as you can see in the picture, I’ve outlined a box of 12 stitch on each side. I use color pencils, especially when I have a project that has a lot of detail and color to keep myself in check. Then, I sketch out the design I want with a pencil (here, I’ll just do a large dot). I’ve outlined the dot and the border.
Here, I’ve marked each stitch with the color it should be.
Now, I’ve started crocheting, starting from the bottom left side. I do not count the foundation chain in the design. So I chained 13, then I started the pattern. So follow your graph. In this picture I have done the first 3 rows. Make sure in your design that at the end of each row, you alternate which side you crochet from. So the first row will start from the left, the second from the right, and so on. This will make sure your design will come out correctly.
The next step is to start adding the new color. You crochet the number of stitches needed until your next color needs to come in. In the last stitch of the color you’re working with, work your stitch until the last yarn over, and instead of YO with the current color, pull a loop from the new color, and start crocheting with that. You will need to cut the yarn if you have more than one area of the same color. Some people like to carry the color with the new color until another change is made, but I don’t like the look of have such a dark color under something so bold. It looks weird to me. But if you don’t mind it, go ahead and carry the yarn by laying the current color over the stitches and then switch to the new color and crochet over the the old color, until you need it again.
In this row, I needed four stitches of black, then four red, and then four black again. Since I am using red in one general area, there is no need for me to cut the red yarn, this will help eliminate extra ends to weave in. There will be plenty of those! (Make sure you continue to use your turning chains.)
Continue to follow your graph, make sure you leave a long enough tail so you can weave in the ends.
Alright, so now we have finished the crocheting part. Now all we need to do is weave in those ends!
Alright! Ends are woven in and we have our graphgan.
1. To help with the amount of ends needed to be woven in. Make sure you are only cutting the yarn when you need to change colors. I, for the longest time, kept cutting the yarn every time I ended a row. It’s unnecessary.
2. Make sure you choose a design that doesn’t have too many colors, it will create a ton of ends. However, if you don’t mind that, go for it! May the hook be with you.
3. Choose a design that is not super detailed. It will be a pain to change colors every two stitches.
4. Have fun!
There you have it, I hope you will give it a try it is so much fun!