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.

Check out this video-tutorial by Tanya of HodgePodge Crochet for details on how to work up both the Popcorn and Reverse Popcorn.

  • 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, ch 3 and turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: 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, ch 1 and turn (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 3: 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, ch 1 and turn. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across, ch 3 and turn. (25 sc)

Row 5: 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, ch 1 and turn. (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 6: 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, ch 1 and turn. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 7: sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across, ch 3 and turn. (25 sc)

Row 8: 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, ch 1 and turn (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 9: 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, ch 1 and turn. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 10: sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across, ch 3 and turn. (25 sc)

Row 11: 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, ch 1 and turn. (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 12: 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, ch 1 and turn. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 13: sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across, ch 3 and turn. (25 sc)

Row 14: 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, ch 1 and turn. (12 cl, 6 ch3, 2 dc)

Row 15: 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, ch 1 and turn. (6 pop, 5 ch3, 2 ch1, 2 sc)

Row 16: sc in same st as ch, sc in each st across, tie off and weave in ends. (25 sc)Note: Square should measure 7” square at this point

Border:

Rnd 1: Join yarn in any 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)

If creating an afghan of multiple colors, tie off previous round and weave in ends. Round 2 will be begin in a corner, using whatever color that is being used to join squares together.

If creating an afghan of one color continue with Rnd 2

Rnd 2: ch 1, *3 sc in corner sc in next 27 sc, rep from * three times, join with a sl st to beginning sc, tie 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

 

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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 stitch2
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 stitch4

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.

hedwig

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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Harry Potter CAL – The Spells

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The Harry Potter Crochet a Long is coming to an end and I thought what better way to round it all up then to add some spells. I have two options for the banners on this afghan and I hope that at least one of them is to your liking.

Expecto Patronum Finished Afghan.

First is my favorite and the one I have hooked up and added to my afghan, Expecto Patronum. Expecto Patronum is used to create your very own Patronus. This spell definitely comes in handy in those darker moments. I am doing mine in white with black letters but I cannot wait to see what others come up with.

You can download the Expecto Patronum Banner here…Expecto Patronum Banner by Crafty Ridge

 

Petrifucus Totalus Finished Afghan.

The second option I made was Petrificus Totalus! This little spell will freeze your opponent into a petrified state. Perfect for those that get in your way.

You can grab this banner here…Petrificus Totalus Banner by Crafty Ridge

Just like in the previous squares instead of the common C2C method of double crochets and chain 3s, I used hdcs and only chained 2. Which means I chained 5 instead of 6 on the increase stitches. Doing this with a smaller H hook has my finished squares measuring approximately 15×15 inches and my banner will be the length of three squares across plus their border. Don’t forget to block your squares and banner before they are attached, this makes it much easier to line them up evenly. Also do a light blocking when your afghan is done. This will help to keep it nice and smooth and give it a great finished look that will last after washes.

 

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After sewing my squares and banners together I did a row of hdc around the entire piece and then using the house colors I did a simple border. Using green I attached the yarn with a sc  and then did a ch 1, sk 1, sc (repeat) and a sc, ch 2, sc in each corner around the afghan. I repeated this with the other house colors by doing the sc into the ch 1 of the previous row.

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! These are the finished banners for the CAL, see previous posts for other patterns and tips and keep an eye out for some extra squares that you can add to your afghan or make pillows with.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL 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 with my other fans.

Happy Hooking!

Angela

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The Slytherin – Malfoy

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Who is Draco Malfoy? Throughout most of the series he was a rude little prat but as he got older and He Who Must Not Be Named came back into power you could see that the rude little boy was now just a scared little boy. Where at one time his family was on top of the Wizarding World now they were being controlled by one of the scariest beings alive.

Malfoy by CR

Malfoy is pretty simple and works up rather fast. For his colors I used, buff for his skin, black for his eyes and cape, yellow for his hair and white for his shirt.  For his tie I used black and green however a good friend told me after I hooked him up that I should’ve used grey in place of the black here and I have to say she is right but I was not about to frog him once he was all done. Grab your FREE Malfoy Graph here… Malfoy by Crafty Ridge

Just like in the previous squares instead of the common C2C method of double crochets and chain 3s, I used hdcs and only chained 2. Which means I chained 5 instead of 6 on the increase stitches. Doing this with a smaller H hook has my finished squares measuring approximately 15×15 inches.

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Don’t forget to add a small sc border around each of your squares before putting them together. I sc around the entire square changing colors to match the square itself. If you look really close you can see this in my pictures. This gives you a good clean place to add your border. I do the next border in the same color that I will be attaching the square in. I just think it makes it look nice and clean.

If you have never done c2c there are a ton of tutorials out there on YouTube. 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! This is the 9th  square in the CAL, see previous posts for other patterns and tips and keep your eyes out for the next post with the banners.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL 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

Happy Hooking!

Angela

Malfoy by Crafty Ridge

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Professor Snape – Harry Potter CAL

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Snape is the most miss-understood professor of all times. Through out the series he was portrayed as a villain who was absolutely against anything to do with Harry. Sadly as the stories went along you learned of his undying love for Harry’s mother and the small yet efficient ways that he helped Harry throughout his life. Snape was a villain for years until we realized he was more human than monster.

Snape

Snape is comprised of just just a few colors, buff for his skin, black for his eyes, cape and hair, cafe for his buttons and white for his collar.  After you see the graph you will see that I have done it in grey rather than black so that it is easier to read after printing. Some printers may adjust the color to a lighter grey or even a tan. Either way it’s much better than trying to count black squares. Grab your FREE Snape Graph here… Snape by Crafty Ridge

Just like in the previous squares instead of the common C2C method of double crochets and chain 3s, I used hdcs and only chained 2. Which means I chained 5 instead of 6 on the increase stitches. Doing this with a smaller H hook has my finished squares measuring approximately 15×15 inches.

If you have never done c2c there are a ton of tutorials out there on YouTube. 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! This is the 8th  square in the CAL, see previous posts for other patterns and tips.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL 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

Happy Hooking!

Angela

 

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The Groundskeeper – Harry Potter CAL

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Hagrid is the kind hearted, gentle, half giant that takes care of the grounds at Hogwarts. He is the big cuddly guy that everyone seems to like but not take seriously, however he always seems to have some important information or knows exactly where to go to find it.

Hagrid

Hagrid’s colors are pretty simple. I used Red Heart Super Saver in buff for his skin, black and white for his eyes, coffee for his hair and heather grey for his highlights. I am positive that any grey/brown, brown/tan combination would work on his hair but I really liked the contrast of the heather and coffee. Grab your FREE pattern here. Hagrid by Crafty Ridge

When working on his hair I noticed that the highlights on the top corners seem to work up in the same direction due to the way c2c is worked at an angle, you can fix this by fixing the disjointed squares (see Luna and Dumbledore‘s posts for details on this method) or you can leave it like I did. I kind of like the messy look of it.  We all know Hagrid wasn’t big on the whole grooming thing.

If you have never done c2c there are a ton of tutorials out there on YouTube. 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! This is the 7th  square in the CAL, see previous posts for other patterns and tips.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL 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

Happy Hooking

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The Headmaster – Harry Potter CAL

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Dumbledore is the wise, warm and very loved headmaster of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! If you are a fan then you have seen him and awed at his power and vast intelligence while cherishing every moment that you were able to spend with him. (or maybe that’s just me)

I was a bit challenged with this design. How was I suppose to keep his long hair and beard similar yet distinctly different? How was I suppose to get his wise eyes to come across correctly? But after some pondering and play I have to say that I love how he turned out.

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I made my Dumbledore square in c2c with an H hook and Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in buff for his skin, charcoal grey for his glasses, light grey for his hair, heather grey for his beard, black for his eyes and blue and white for his hat. Grab your Dumbledore pattern here Dumbledore by Crafty Ridge

If your squares are disjointed, grab a piece of extra yarn in the color you need and sew around the corner and then weave in your ends, like in the picture below. This may happen around Dumbledore’s glasses, because you will be working at a different angle at some point in the square.

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If you have never done c2c there are a ton of tutorials out there on YouTube. 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 tutorial just click here! This is the 6th  square in the CAL, see previous posts for other patterns and tips.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL 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

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