A knitter wrote asking for help to create a very specialized sheet of graph paper. She needed a grid that would match the knit pitch for a project, which was 0.284cm x 0.145cm. The knitter also wanted the grid to have bold divisions at 3 across and 4 down.
GridMaker (and QuiltPaper!) are exactly the tool for this sort of project! This tutorial shows how to make technical project planning easier by creating a custom graph paper — specify grid layout, set specific sizes, work in either metric or inch units, etc. There are two examples, showing how to create a two-level grid, and then some tips for creating a project-specific three-level grid.
FIRST — SET UNITS FOR THE GRAPH PAPER
To adjust the default settings for units on an individual paper --
NEXT CREATE THE CUSTOM GRID
Below are two examples on how to create the custom grid. One is by creating a 2-level grid, the other with a 3-level grid.
EXAMPLE 1 — 2 LEVEL GRID
Next, before creating the paper, we need to calculate the dimensions for the major grid. This diagram shows how to calculate the values for the height and width needed for a 3x4 major grid.
MajorWidth = UnitWidth * numberHorizontal
MajorHeight = UnitHeight * numberVertical
In this example,
MajorWidth = 0.284cm * 3 across = 0.852cm
MajorHeight = 0.145cm * 4 down = 0.58cm
EXAMPLE 2 — 3 LEVEL GRID
Many projects benefit with setting three levels of highlighting. A 3-level grid can make counting across a complex grid easier. In this second example, the unit grids have a thin line, every 5th line is medium weight, and every 10th line is bold.
[NOTE: Some grids are so complex that fine lines are needed, even on emphasized grid lines. See “Create a fine line grid paper for precise plotting by using line color” for how to use color, instead of line weight, to mark grid levels.]
This diagram shows how to calculate the values for the height and width needed for a 10x10 major grid and 5x5 minor grid.
Similar to the earlier calculation, the Major Grid of 10 is sub-divided by 2, and then by 5.
MajorWidth = UnitWidth * minor * subdivision
MajorHeight = UnitHeight * minor * subdivision
Using the same knitting pitch gives,
MajorWidth = 0.284cm * 2 * 5 = 2.84cm
MajorHeight = 0.145cm * 2 * 5 = 1.45cm
Finally, further fine tuning of the grid is possible by: