In a moment that can only be considered pure insanity I decided to crochet or knit all my kids a new blanket for their beds for their birthdays this summer.
I fell in love with this graphgan concept and decided to make them all that way. Its insanity, I know that now.
So the first thing you need to make a graphgan is decide how to do it. There are four different ways that I have seen.
#1- Sew a million tiny granny squares about 1-2 inches each and sew them all together. I actually did this. I'm just not done yet. After starting and getting no where I realized it was stupid and found other ways to do the rest.
#2- C2C crochet. This is corner to corner crochet. Google it. Its amazing. This is how I made this blanket.
#3- Single crochet a pattern. Each stitch is one block on the graph.
#4- Knit a pattern. Each knit is one block on the graph.
After you have decided which technique to use (C2C!) you need to find a graph. There is a crazy Perler bead craze and there are a ton of pictures on the internet for these. That's what I used. I even merged several. There are also knitting graphs you can adapt as well.