Updated February 12, 2019
I’m confessing it, I simply love graph paper, and you probably do too. After all as needlepointers, our stitching lives are taken up by The Grid.
My love of graph paper is much older than my love of needlepoint. My doodles as a child were house plans, largely because I loved putting things into those nice grids.
But as a stitcher my graph paper needs are mostly frustrated. All too often the paper I can find is 4 squares too the inch and too big to be useful. I have some notebooks with 8 to the inch, which is passible, but too small to chart anything but stitches.
So I stockpile 10 to the inch paper, finding little caches of it all over the place.
But, thanks to the late Judy Harper, I don’t have to do this anymore. A few years ago, she let us know about a marvelous site where you can generate and print your own custom graph paper, Incompetech. This is a really cool tool.
First you select the paper size. This is great for people using A4 paper or other non-standard papers.
Next you specify the border size (you might check what the minimums are for your printer), the line weight (how thick or thin the lines are). Then you get to the good part, the scale of lines per inch or centimeter (yes it does metric too).
Finally you pick a line color from seven standard colors as well as a custom choice.
Click on “download PDF” and almost immediately you have a lovely grid there on your computer. You can also click on the link above the grid generator together a page with lots of other types of graph papers to create. While most of these aren’t terribly useful to us as needlepointers, there is a triangular grid great for Trianglepoint and grids with different line weights.
How much better can it get?