You can find the tutorial I wrote on how to make a chart in Excel here.
The advantage to using Excel is you can insert a picture of what you are designing next to the chart and even move the image around to hover over the chart to see if you have your proportions right. Also, once you finish the chart, if you keep it on your computer and zoom in you can move the cursor row by row and mark where you left off on you afgan work.
The disadvantage to Excel is you have to set up everything yourself and if you aren't familiar with the program it can be a little tricky.
The Tricksy Knitter Color ChartMaker has the grid already set up.
If you want to add more stitches or rows, just hold the cursor over the plus sign and double click. To subtract rows hold the cursor over the minus sign and double click. The directions for adding color to the grid are in the help section and are pretty easy to follow. To change the colors on the palette, just click on one of the color boxes and then select a new color from the color spectrum box. You can then save the chart onto the Tricksy Knitter site where others can use the chart as well. You can also embed the newly made chart onto your own site as well.
If you don't feel like you can do a whole chart from scratch you can select and already made chart and edit it. There are already over 4500 charts on the shared charts section.
Chart making and doing tapestry crochet is a lot of fun, so try making a chart today!
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