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.
Before creating a new paper, make sure the settings are right. This example uses metric units. Metric can be set as the default for all new papers. Or, this default setting can be changed on an individual paper.
EXAMPLE 1 — 2 LEVEL GRID
Next, before creating a 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 = 0.582cm
MajorHeight = 0.145cm * 4 down = 0.58cm
EXAMPLE 2 — 3 LEVEL GRID
Many projects can benefit from the advantages of 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.
The calculation is similar to that used above, but in this case 10 is sub-divided by 2 and 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 adjusting the margins to: