How to design a knit afghan?
I'm so frustrated! I'm trying to design an Atlanta braves or Clemson Tigers afghan. I've never designed anything on my own so I don't even know where to begin. People have suggested finding a cross-stitch pattern and using it to create an afghan. OK...so how do I do that? Ideally I would like to find some kind of software (free?) that I can copy and paste the team logo into the program. Any suggestions??
I don't know about cross-stitching, but you could do a big logo with intarsia (link to video).
Find a graphic online somewhere with the logo you want. Download it and load into a photo-editing program (photoshop, paint shop pro, paint.net, etc.) Superimpose a grid on top of it, and make sure all of the boxes are filled with either the main color or the contrasting color. Voila, you have a colorwork chart. Knit!
(I use paint.net for charting. It's free, it's easy, and there's a free plug-in that automatically generates grids for you!)
By the way, since intarsia is knit in stockinette, which rolls, you should put a garter/seed stitch/ribbing border along the edges to prevent rolling, if you want it to lie flat.
(Or, alternatively, you could apply the same technique with double knitting (link to video) which will lie flat and give you a reverse of the image on the other side.)
Another option is to knit the middle field in stockinette with the intention of doing the logo in duplicate st (Swiss Darning). Print out knitting graph paper (free online...several sites) scaled to your gauge. Allocate X number of 'squares' (in knitting the sqs are actually rectangles) to correspond to a certain number of sts on the afghan. Color the 'squares' to reflect the image you want. (You obviously don't need to do ALL the orange for tiger, etc just outline where that color would fill.)
As with cross-stitch, by doing dupe you can adjust placement, resize, start over, etc once the afghan is made. With intarsia you have work the image in as you're knitting. With either you'll have tails to deal with on the WS.
Here is a site that has software that will turn your
image into a graph for knitting, you might give it a try ;)
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