Personalize Your Patterns with Free Grid Paper
by Margaret Eckman
Did you love adding initials to your projects with our free Alphabet Song ebook last year? We've got some great news for you -- free grid paper so you can personalize all your projects! Use the grid paper to plan out words and letters to add, or come up with your own shapes and designs.
Choosing Which Grid
We have three versions available: square, vertical rectangles, and horizontal rectangles. The squares are, well, square, with a 1:1 ratio. The vertical rectangles have a 1.25:1 ratio, and the horizontal rectangles have a 1:1.25 ratio. There are slightly bolder lines every ten blocks in each direction, to make counting easier.
Choose whichever paper best fits the shape of your stitches. First, check your gauge on your swatch, and see how many rows and stitches you have in 4" [10 cm]. Next, pick the grid that most closely corresponds.
- Square grid paper = same number of stitches and rows in 4"
- Vertical rectangular grid paper = more stitches than rows in 4"
- Horizontal rectangular grid paper = more rows than stitches in 4"
You can print off as many sheets as you'd like of the paper, so don't be afraid to do multiple drafts until you have everything planned just as you'd like it.
Using the Grid Paper
You can use the paper to plan for many different techniques:
These patterns all include grids, so they can inspire you to make your own designs!
How will you use these grids? Let us know on social media!