Magical Eyes

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Doing the Harry Potter CAL I have come across some amazing edits and fun designs by those in Crafty Ridge Crochet. One of my favorite edits are these eyes! They seem to bring life to the square and make them even more magical. So I hear the question all the time. How do you make them? Easy Peasy!

So here we go!

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Step one is to print off your Ron by Crafty Ridge graph!

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Step 2 is to start on the top of the eye and change the top left corner to the color you want it to be. I chose blue for Ron. Change the colors in the next 3 squares. You can use a crayon or marker on yours.

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Step 3 You will then change the colors of the next 3 squares below that , then turn and change the next 3 squares too.

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Step 4 Net step is to close up the outside of the eye by changing the colors up the left side. Your eye should now be 4 squares by 4 squares.

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Step 5 is just a little gleam in the eye to add some more life! I chose to put a white square in the tip right corner of the remaining black but you can really put it in any of them.

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Just make sure to do the same thing on both eyes or he may look a little weird and check to  make sure you have 7 squares between each eye and 5 squares on either side of them.

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TaDa! Finished eyes in just a few simple steps.

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Now you can edit any of the eyes on your graphs like Brenda did with her Ron or add them all together like Jessica did to her Harry graph! They look amazing! I wish I would’ve thought of this edit before releasing the squares. It really brings them to life!

As always, you can check out my video tutorials  at the top of the page, for short videos that show each step of working up a graph in c2c. For a longer video about the basic c2c check out the one by Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd!

To see the previous squares in the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL and more tips, tricks and tutorials just click here! See previous posts for other patterns and tips on working up your Harry Potter Afghan.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL as well as other designs by yours truly! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished afghans!

Also feel free to share your squares on Facebook and don’t forget to tag @CraftyRidge on Instagram and Twitter. I love to see everyone’s finished work and share them on my pages.

Happy Hooking!

Angela

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Gamer Pillow Case

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My newest pattern, the Gamer Pillow was designed for my favorite gamers, this pillow case has a fun texture on both sides and is the perfect accessory for any video game lover. This pattern is written in American and UK terms with graphs as well as written directions. Use your favorite worsted and create your pillow case in a multitude of colors. Finished pillow case will be 16”x 16” square and fits perfectly over a 16” pillow form.

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The back is perfectly Geeky with a flap so you can remove it and wash it or change out the pillow. Grab it today through Saturday 6/11/16 for a special discounted price on Ravelry. Don’t forget to check out the specials on Ravelry when you buy 3, 4 or 5 of my patterns at the same time.

 

Also available on Etsy and Craftsy!

 

Happy Hookin!

Angela

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Purple Nostalgia

Prince Memorial

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Sadly today I learned of the death of one of my favorite musicians, the pop master Prince.

Purple Rain was and still is one of my favorite albums. I remember singing every single song into my hairbrush while dancing in front of the mirror. It was a favorite pass time of mine and honestly I just got done dancing around the kitchen to the same album while cooking dinner.

His music is brilliant and his style is iconic and  he will be sorely missed by so many people.

So, to pay tribute to this Pop Icon I have created this graph for everyone as a reminder of the brilliant talent that we have lost today.

Grab the FREE pattern here Prince Memorial by Crafty Ridge, get settled in with your favorite Prince album, some yarn and your favorite hook and get to hooking, then hop over to my Facebook page and share your finished work with me and my Facebook family

Happy Hooking

Angela

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Custom Graphs Made Just for You

Are you wanting some custom graphs to create your own personalized afghan? I can make them specifically for you and it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

 

Pokemon, Superheros, Princesses or just something fun that speaks to you. Design the perfect afghan.

Step 1. Simply contact me on Facebook or Etsy with what you have in mind, a single image, multiple squares or banners.

Here is the breakdown of my current prices.

Custom full size afghans are available, price is based on detail. Contact me for a quote.

Individual squares are $4.00 a piece Squares are commonly ordered in the following packages:

Option A: 1 individual square, 25 high x 25 wide $4.00

Option B: 2 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $8.00

Option C: 4 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $16.00

Option D: 6 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $24.00

Option E: 9 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $54.00

Option F: 12 square, each 25 high x 25 wide $58.00

Decide if you need a banner for your afghan? Maybe one for the top and one for the bottom? The size of your banner/s will depend on the size of your afghan. Banners come in three different sizes and vary in price from $7-$15 each.

Small Banner: 1 banner, 25 high x 50 wide (Perfect for afghans 2 squares wide) $7.00

Medium Banner: 1 banner, 25 high x 75 wide (Perfect for afghans 3 squares wide) $11.00

Large Banner: 1 banner, 25 high x 100 wide (Perfect for afghans 4 squares wide) $15.00

*remember to take into consideration any borders that you will be adding to any of the squares and/or banner. These will change the size of your finished products.

 

Step 2.  Place your order and pay! It’s super simple and all I need from you is an email address to send the invoice to. After payment has been cleared I will then add your order to my “to do” list and upon completion I will send you mock-ups of each individual graph. After your approval, all graphs will be sent to you in PDF format via your email address or Facebook messenger.

Step 3. Sit back, relax and leave it in my hands. Your order will be ready before you know it. Timing will vary depending of difficulty of design and all orders are first come first serve. But my turnover time is rather fast.

*All finished graphs are numbered, without written directions. I do not include written directions for any of my graph designs unless otherwise stated.

*All designs are allowed 2 edits, any edits upon that will be charged accordingly. This includes changing of designs or images after payment. 

 

 

 

 

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Nerdy Nesting Bowls the DW series!

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Remember my last post? Nerdy Nesting Bowls? Well I couldn’t just leave them the way they were. I had to follow my nerdiness into the alien abyss. So here is the DW series. Available on Raverly, Craftsy and Etsy.

Like the original Nerdy Nesting Bowl, these are also done in tapestry crochet. What is Tapestry Crochet? Tapestry crochet is basic crochet stitches with the use of more than one color

If you know how to do a basic single crochet and change colors than  you already know the basics of tapestry crochet.  Unlike in Intarsia (currently popular with graphghans) your additional color or colors is carried along while you make your stitches. The color you are not using stays hidden on the inside of those stitches, until you want to switch colors, giving the finished piece a bit more structure.

There are five bowls in this set with full written directions as well as graphs for each piece. You can begin with the small bowl and create a great place to keep your pens and pencils on your desk. Work up a larger bowl and use it to keep your jewelry at hand or put it on your counter for your keys and extra change at the end of the day.

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The smallest bowl is everyone’s favorite villain!

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The Middle Bowl comes in three designs. Pick your favorite Doctor! Does he wear a bowtie?

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Does he like his 3D glasses?

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Or is he a classic that wears the iconic scarf?

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The larger of the bowls is the Police Box. You can put this guy on your shelf and put a ton of stuff in it, because like the iconic blue alien….it’s bigger on the inside!

Grab this pattern on Ravelry through 4/01/2016 for less than $2.00.

No coupon code needed.

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Nerdy Nesting Bowls Pattern

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I am so excited to share my newest pattern with everyone. The Nerdy Nesting Bowls are created with a technique called Tapestry Crochet and it’s super easy and so much fun to see your work come together.

What is Tapestry Crochet? Tapestry crochet is basic crochet stitches with the use of more than one color

If you know how to do a basic single crochet and change colors than  you already know the basics of tapestry crochet.  Unlike in Intarsia (currently popular with graphghans) your additional color or colors is carried along while you make your stitches. The color you are not using stays hidden on the inside of those stitches, until you want to switch colors, giving the finished piece a bit more structure.

There are three bowls in the set with full written directions as well as graphs for each piece. You can begin with the small bowl and create a great place to keep your pens and pencils on your desk.

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Hook up the medium size bowl, throw it on your bedside table and keep your necessities near by.

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Create the large bowl and put it on your counter to keep your keys and extra change right where you can find it.

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Grab your pattern in any of the Crafty Ridge Pattern Shops. Grab it on sale until Friday February 26th with coupon code NerdyBowls on Ravelry!

Also available on Etsy and Craftsy!

Happy Hooking!

Angela

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Everyone’s Favorite House Elf

Dobby - CopyI am so excited to share this amazing square with you! This square was designed by a lovely Crafty Ridge fan, Kimberly Allard, for her very own Harry Potter Afghan and I have to say I just fell in love.

She shared her finished square over in the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL group on Facebook and I promptly started begging her to let me share it with everyone! I am so happy that she agreed and let me put it here on the blog for everyone. She made this square using StitchFiddle.com which is a FREE program on the internet that can be used to make all kinds of fun designs. You can check her original out here or download the pdf that I worked up here …. Dobby Square by Kimberly Allard!

I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished Dobby squares.

As always, you can check out my video tutorials  at the top of the page, for short videos that show each step of working up a graph in c2c. For a longer video about the basic c2c check out the one by Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd!

To see the previous squares in the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL and more tips, tricks and tutorials just click here! See previous posts for other patterns and tips on how to make your squares perfect. Check out My Very Own Potter Pillow for directions on how to make these squares into some fun pillows that make great gifts!

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL  or share your finished work on Facebook! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished afghans!

Don’t forget to tag @CraftyRidge on Instagram and Twitter. I love to see everyone’s finished work and share them with my other fans.

Happy Hooking!

Angela

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4K Giveaway

Wow! That happened fast! Crafty Ridge just exceeded 4000 likes on Facebook, so I think a celebration is in order. This week, February 6, 2016- February 13, 2016, you can enter to win one of two Grand prizes as well as get some great deals and fun giveaways over on Facebook.

One winner will receive my entire pattern collection gifted via Ravelry. Check out all of my patterns here

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Another lucky winner will win one 9 piece set of these Ergonomic Crochet Hooks by Festival Hands. 51FJRtx5K8L._AA160_These are my go to hooks and I use them all the time. I bought them thinking I would give them a try before spending money on the more expensive hooks out there and WoW was I impressed.

 

I will also be doing some fun giveaways and pattern sales over on Facebook so don’t forget to like the page and keep an eye out for those. Enter to win the two GRAND prizes by clicking right here —–> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners will be chosen and notified on Sunday February 14th. Good luck!

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Rose’s Garden Block

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I Designed the Rose’s Gardem square for the 2016 HodgePodge Crochet Afghan Sampler Crochet Along. This Crochet Along is full of great designs by some amazing designers and I am so happy to be one of them. The finished product is totally up to you.

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Rose’s Garden Square by Crafty Ridge

You can make the afghan as large or as small as you want, you can make it in true sampler fashion and just use one color or you can mix it up and make it fun and bright.

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Rose’s Garden Square by Crafty Ridge

This pattern is also available as a  FREE  Ravelry download by clicking here!

Materials

  • Yarn: worsted weight
  • Hook: 4.0/H

Sizing

  • These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary.
  • Gauge: 25 sc x 27 rows = 7”
  • Finished pattern with border is 8” square

Pattern Key

  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single Crochet
  • Dc: Double Crochet
  • DC Cluster: Double Crochet Cluster
  • Popcorn: Popcorn
  • Popcorn: Reverse Popcorn

Specialty Stitching

  • Dc Cluster: Double Crochet Cluster
  • Popcorn: Popcorn
  • Popcorn: Reverse Popcorn

Experience Level

Advanced Beginner

Special Stitches:

Double Crochet Cluster:

Yarn over put hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over put hook in same stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over  through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all 3   loops on hook.

Popcorn:

Work 5 double crochet (dc) stitches in the same stitch. Drop the loop from your hook. Insert your hook   from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first     double crochet of the group. Grab the dropped loop   with your hook and pull it through the stitch.

 Reverse Popcorn:

Work 5 double crochet (dc) stitches in the same stitch. Drop the loop from your hook. Insert your hook   from back to front under the top 2 loops of the first     double crochet of the group. Grab the dropped loop   with your hook and pull it through the stitch.

Special Pattern Notes:

  • Ch 3 is considered 1st st throughout pattern
  • Square can be worked in one color for a monochromatic look or you can use three colors to show the contrast in the square. This will show off the details a bit more.
  • When changing colors I carry my yarn up and then crochet over it when doing the border.
  • All directions in [brackets] should be worked in the same stitch.
  • All directions in (parenthesis) should be worked the number of times following the directions. Such as (dc, ch 2, dc) 5xs

To get the look of my multicolored square above you will use 3 colors, color A is Blue, Color B is Green and Color C is Red. To change colors Use color A for rows 1, 4, 7, 10, 13 and for the 1st row of the edging. Use color B for row 2, 5, 8, 11 and the 2nd row of edging. Use color C for row 3, 6, 9 and 12.

Gauge is done in sc. Ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each additional ch. *Ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across, repeat from * for a total of 27 rows

 

 

Pattern Instructions

Row 1: Ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (25 sc)

Row 2: Ch 3, sk next st, * ([dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster] in next st, sk 3 st,) 5 xs, (dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster) in next st, sk 1 st, dc in top of 1st sc of previous row (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 1, popcorn in ch 3 between dc clusters of previous row, *ch 3, popcorn in ch 3, repeat from * 5xs, ch 1 sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across. (25 sc)

Row 5: Ch 3, sk next st, * ([dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster] in next st, sk 3 st,) 5 xs, (dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster) in next st, sk 1 st, dc in top of 1st sc of previous row (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 1, rev. popcorn in ch 3 between dc clusters of previous row, *ch 3, rev. popcorn in ch 3, repeat from * 5xs, ch 1 sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across. (25 sc)

Row 8: Ch 3, sk next st, * ([dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster] in next st, sk 3 st,) 5 xs, (dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster) in next st, sk 1 st, dc in top of 1st sc of previous row (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 1, popcorn in ch 3 between dc clusters of previous row, *ch 3, popcorn in ch 3, repeat from * 5xs, ch 1 sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across. (25 sc)

Row 11: Ch 3, sk next st, * ([dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster] in next st, sk 3 st,) 5 xs, (dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster) in next st, sk 1 st, dc in top of 1st sc of previous row (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 1, rev. popcorn in ch 3 between dc clusters of previous row, *ch 3, rev. popcorn in ch 3, repeat from * 5xs, ch 1 sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across. (25 sc)

Row 14: Ch 3, sk next st, * ([dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster] in next st, sk 3 st,) 5 xs, (dc cluster, ch 3 dc cluster) in next st, sk 1 st, dc in top of 1st sc of previous row (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 1, popcorn in ch 3 between dc clusters of previous row, *ch 3, popcorn in ch 3, repeat from * 5xs, ch 1 sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 16: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across. (25 sc)

Note: Square should measure 7” square at this point

 

Border:

Rnd 1: Join yarn in any corner (or chain 1 if you   end in a corner), *3 sc in corner, work 25 sc   evenly spaced across side to next corner, rep from * three times, join with a sl st to     beginning sc. (112 sc)

Rnd 2: If creating an afghan this round will be     done using whatever color that is being used to     join squares together. Join yarn with sl st in

Center of any corner 3sc group, ch 1 (does not count), *3 sc in corner, sc in next 27 sc, rep from * three     times, join with a sl st to beginning sc, finish off and weave in tails.     (120 sc)

Note:

  • Square should measure 8” square at this point
  • Some blocking may need to be done. Blocking can be done by spreading out your square on your blocking board or ironing board. Align and measure your piece. You want everything nice and square. Pin the edges to your board every few inches. You can place the pins as close or as far as you like to get the shape you need. With a clean spray bottle filled with room-temperature water, spray your piece or use a steamer to steam it. Spray or steam until the piece is saturated. Press gently with your hands to even out the fabric and mold any three dimensional items. Let the square dry completely before removing pins. Your square should keep its shape and size.

Check out this tutorial for a more detailed description on how to block your finished squares. https://craftyridge.com/2015/03/26/blocking-flat-crochet-projects/

 

 

This is an original pattern designed and written by Angela Warren-Mixson of Crafty Ridge. Do not share, sell or redistribute this pattern as your own. You are more than welcome to gift, donate or sell items that you make from the pattern but do not use any photos from this pattern to sell your own product. Please use photos of your own work. Please remember to credit Crafty Ridge as the designer. Thank you.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this pattern please send me a message on Ravelry or at http://www.Facebook.com/CraftyRidge

 

Crafty Ridge patterns can be found at

www.CraftyRidge.com

Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/crafty-ridge Etsy at www.CraftyRidge.Etsy.com

Craftsy at http://www.craftsy.com/user/747395/pattern-store

Popcorn stitch: Insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first1
Grab the dropped loop with your hook and pull it through the stitch

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Reverse Popcorn stitch: Insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first3

 

Grab the dropped loop with your hook and pull it through the stitch

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Don’t forget to share pictures of your finished squares over on Facebook!

Happy Hooking!

Angela

 

 

 

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Who wants some more Potter?

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Who wants some more Potter themed squares?  Well I just happen to have a few that you might just want to add to your afghan or make into some fun pillows like my Potter Pillow!

The Deathly Hallows turned out to be more than just a book of Fairy Tales. It is now an iconic symbol that stands for three of the most magical items in history. The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility.Deathly Hallows

Grab this graph here…Deathly Hallows by Crafty Ridge!

Hedwig was a beautiful gift from Hagrid who became so well loved that we all had that pivotal moment of sadness when we realized that anything could be lost.

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Grab this pattern here…Hedwig by Crafty Ridge!

The Golden Snitch is the center of the magical game of Quidditch as well as a secret hiding place. Catch the snitch and your team wins!

Golden Snitch

Grab this pattern here…Golden Snitch by Crafty Ridge!

Never again will a Potterhead walk between platform 9 and 10 and not think about running at the wall…..Ya never know!

Platform

Grab this graph here…Platform by Crafty Ridge!

Grab some chocolate frogs and freshen up on your spells on the Hogwart’s Express!

Hogwarts Express

Grab this graph here…Hogwarts Express by Crafty Ridge!

Of course we can’t forget the Weasley Jumpers. They were always a hit at Hogwarts!

Weasley Jumper

Grab this graph here…Weasley Jumper by Crafty Ridge!

Harrys Jumper
Grab this graph here…Harrys Jumper by Crafty Ridge!

And don’t forget to sport those house colors! Gryffindor, HufflePuff, RavenClaw and everyone’s favorite house to hate, Slytherin!

Gryffindor

Grab this graph here…Gryffindor by Crafty Ridge!

HufflePuff

Grab this graph here…HufflePuff by Crafty Ridge!

Ravenclaw

Grab this graph here…Ravenclaw by Crafty Ridge!

Slytherin

Grab this graph here…Slytherin by Crafty Ridge!

As always, you can check out my video tutorials  at the top of the page, for short videos that show each step of working up a graph in c2c. For a longer video about the basic c2c check out the one by Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd!

To see the previous squares in the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL and more tips, tricks and tutorials just click here! See previous posts for other patterns and tips. Check out My Very Own Potter Pillow for directions on how to make these squares into some fun pillows that make great gifts!

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL  or share your finished work on Facebook! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished afghans!

Don’t forget to tag @CraftyRidge on Instagram and Twitter. I love to see everyone’s finished work and share them with my other fans.

Happy Hooking!

Angela

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