I completed this crocheted piece over a year ago but decided to share with you all today, as I have seen much interest in graph afghans. There are several different techniques used to make these beautiful works of art. I will share links to my favorites with you below. 🙂
This Mudflap Girl took me about 3 weeks to complete. I have made several different graph-work projects over the years, but not as large as this one. There was much counting involved!
I worked this afghan in the tapestry technique, using a size K 6.5mm hook and a total of about 2,548 yards or 7 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black (4 skeins) and Light Gray (3 skeins). This was a 200 X 200 stitch graph. The wonderful thing about tapestry afghans is you carry your yarn. You do not have tons of those tedious ends to hide. I only recommend this technique for a two- three color graph.
The graph itself is from Chella Crochet. She has a wonderful assortment of graphs for sale on her Etsy site at Chella Crochet.
You can also make your own graphs. There are several sites around the web, but my favorite is over at Stitch Board. If you become a member (which is free to do) you can utilize all aspects of the site. My favorite thing about this site is it also gives you a written pattern. Woohoo!
I do highly recommend writing the graph out instead of trying to keep a place on the graph.
For the tapestry technique, Annie’s has a great tutorial here: Stitch Guide Tapestry Crochet
The Intasia Technique seems to be really popular with most graphghan enthusiast. It is the technique that requires bobbins and dropping your colors and picking them back up usually worked in single crochet.
One favorite tutorial for the Intarsia technique is Sarah Chapman’s found on Youtube here: Single crochet intarsia graphghan work. My next graph-work project, I hope to start this fall, will be in Intasia. You will find knitting bobbins are your best friend. You can pick them up at most crafts stores.
For the Tunisian technique, I really like Tamara’s tutorial over at Moogly’s found here: Tunisian Color Changes. I have yet to try this technique, but it is on my bucket list for sure!
Last but not least, my favorite crochet guru, Mikey over at the Crochet Crowd has a whole step-by-step, 5 part tutorial on graph afghans as well that you can find here: Crochet Graph Afghans Series
I hope my post and links are helpful and will inspire you to go ahead and dive into that graph project that you have so been wanting to do!
Please check back with my blog often as I try to add new things daily. ~Joyce