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.

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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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Looney, I mean Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter CAL

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Luna Lovegood square by Crafty Ridge

What Potter fan  doesn’t love the carefree and eccentric Luna Lovegood? She has to be one of my favorite characters of all time. She really moves to the beat of her own drum and cares not what others think of her. Whether she is barefoot in the Forbidden Forest or fighting fiercely for her friends she stays true to herself. What an amazing character!

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When working up my Luna I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in Gold for her hair, Buff for her skin, Perfectly Pink, Red and Royal Blue for her glasses, Royal Blue and Light Grey for her tie, White for her shirt and Black for her robe. I made my square in c2c with an H hook. You can grab your Luna graph here Luna 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 Luna’s glasses, because you will be working at a different angle at some point.

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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 details on the Crochet A Long just click here! This is the 5th  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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It was a Hodge Podge Showdown

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Mystery Box Hooded Scarf by Crafty Ridge

It was a Hodge Podge Showdown and the theme was hats, scarfs and scoodies. So, of course I brought some nerdy with me to the competition and I had a great time doing it.

I wanted to share my geeky edge with a twist so I created the Mystery Box Hooded Scarf so that other geeks like me can create this fun scarf with a Police Box resemblance or mix it up to fit their own personal taste. This piece truly is a mystery. You can hook it up in your favorite colors or geek it out like I always do. The new pattern is now available on  Ravelry,  Craftsy and Etsy.

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Mystery Box Hooded Scarf photographed inside out.

It has a warm hood and pockets to keep your hands warm and your necessities close by and a fun texture that looks good both inside and out. The pattern includes full directions on how to work this up just like seen above as well as how to change up the colors and make it your own.

You can see the other  amazing designs and the WINNING design by Laurie of Spider Mambo Designs over on the Hodge Podge Crochet Blog

A huge THANK YOU to Kimberlie of Shop Kimberlie and Tanya of Hodge Podge Crochet for picking me as a designer for this competition and for all of the hours you put into organizing everything.

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Clever Witch – Harry Potter CAL

Hermione Granger by Crafty Ridge

Hermione Granger by Crafty Ridge

Fierce and smart, that’s Hermione! She is hands down the smartest little witch in training at Hogwarts and she grows into one of those characters you don’t just love, but one that you wish you could be. I mean what Potterhead doesn’t want to be her at some point?

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Hermione Square by Crafty Ridge

When making my Hermione square I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in Coffee for the hair, Buff for her skin, Gold and Garnet for her tie, White for her shirt, Charcoal Grey for her robe and Black for her eyes. I made my square in half double crochet corner 2 corner with an H hook. You can grab your Free Pattern here. Hermione by Crafty Ridge

This square is super simple. There are less color changes then some of the previous squares so this one should work up a lot faster. But don’t be fooled, there are more intricate characters coming soon!

If you have never done c2c there are a ton of tutorials out there on YouTube. You can see all of my short videos on how to do the c2c graphs on YouTube or here on the blog.  In these quick little videos I show you how to start the c2c, how to do your increases, change colors and decrease your squares.  On of my other favorites for the basics is by Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd, He does a much more in depth tutorial on c2c if you need a bit more help.

To see the first three squares of the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL and more details on the how to get involved, just click here! This is the 4th  square in this 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 when you share your photos!

Thank you for checking out my Harry Potter CAL. Stay tuned for more fun fiber art and don’t forget to follow Crafty Ridge on Facebook.

Happy Hooking,

Angela

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Our Favorite Weasley – Harry Potter CAL

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Ron Square by Crafty Ridge

Harry’s first true friend. With his scruffy red hair, freckles and hand me down robes he finds a special place in every Potter Head’s heart.

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When making my Ron square I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in Carrot for the hair, Buff for his skin, Gold and Garnet for his tie, White for his shirt and Black for his robe and eyes. I made my square in half double crochet corner 2 corner with an H hook. You can grab your Ron graph here Ron by Crafty Ridge

I noticed when working on Ron that I had to pull my yarn over a square or two from time to time. I did this without having to cut my yarn by making sure my tension wasn’t to tight or to loose. I worked my next set of hdc over the piece to make sure it is hidden.

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For that really finished look I do a row of sc around my finished square, changing colors as the colors change in the square. This gives it a clean and crisp edge for you to add your border to when you finish your afghan.

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If you have never done c2c there are a ton of tutorials out there on YouTube. My favorite for the basics is by Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd! If you know the basics and just need a little help with changing colors than you can check out my post A New Texture for Your Graphghans here on the blog.

To see the first two squares of the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL and more details on the how to get involved, just click here! This is the 3rd  square in this 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 when you share your photos!

Happy Hooking,

Angela

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My Minecraft Obsession…..It’s finally finished!

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My Minecraft Obsession has come to an end….now we need to talk about finishing. The options are endless. I found a great blog post on Getting It All Together by Moogly. She shares 12 different ways to get those squares all attached and into one big afghan.

I went around each square with black using a single crochet border and then used the same black yarn to whip stitch them all together.  The border and seam being the same color really gives it a nice finished look.

Of course before finishing it up I did graph out a name to use as a banner for the top of my afghan, to give it that extra something.

Here is a little extra something that you can add to your finished afghan!  Minecraft Banner (This one is perfect for those of you who are still doing the graphs in single crochet, the design has more detail)

Update…Here is one that can be used for those of you who have done the CAL in c2c Mini Minecraft Banner by Crafty Ridge (you do lose some of the detail but it still looks great)

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If you are still in need of all the patterns for the 12 squares of My Minecraft Obsession scroll to the top of the page and put Minecraft in the Search bar or click here!

Don’t forget to share your finished work with me over on Facebook or Instagram! I’d love to see your finished afghans.

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My Minecraft Obsession……It’s TNT!

TNT PhotoThe last square of My Minecraft Obsession is Dynamite…literally.

My TNT was done in single crochet with an I hook and Red Heart’s cherry red, white and black . Download your PDF here TNT Block Graph Pattern and if you are doing the graphs in c2c or bobble then download your mini PDF here TNT Mini Graph Pattern!

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This square is super simple! You just just need to be able to read a graph and change colors. See my previous post on  How to Crochet a Graph for tips, tricks and detailed instructions on how to create graphghans.

For all of you that have stuck it out and went on this Minecraft journey with me, I want to say a big THANK YOU! Keep an eye out for some fun ways to attach these squares and make an awesome nerdy border in an upcoming post!

Don’t forget to block your squares! I can’t express how important this is. You will sometimes get a square that is misshapen or more of a rectangle than a true square and sometimes they will be really stretched out on one end and super tight on the other. I always stretch them to where they need to be and then block them to the size I want them to be. All of my squares for the Minecraft Obsession are 14″ square. See my previous post How to Block Flat Projects for more details on blocking your squares

To see the first square of My Minecraft Obsession and more details on the Crochet A-Long just click here! This the 12th  square in my Minecraft Obsession, see previous posts for other patterns and tips.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook at Crafty Ridge’s Minecraft Obsession CAL I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished afghans!

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Harry Potter Crochet A Long with Crafty Ridge

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Potter Square by Crafty Ridge

I’m sure you all remember my Potter Pillow! I had so much fun making him and I have even been lucky enough to see what you have made with the design and I must say that you all rock! When I shared him in all of his magical glory I promised that there were more to come and don’t worry, I am sticking to my promise. I have a stack of graphs sitting next to me right now and I plan to share each and every one with all of you and whats a better way to do it than a CAL?

Since the first time I opened a HP book I was hooked! I longed to be a part of magical world like the one created by J.K Rowling. I was addicted from the beginning, standing in line at the local Wal-Mart to get the books when they were released, sitting in que at the movie theatre so my son and I could be packed in a theatre like sardines with hundreds of other people just so we could see how our favorite books were portrayed on the big screen. To put it mildly I am a total PotterHead!

So now I want to share my love of Potter along with my love of Crochet with all of you. I plan to do this project with smaller graphs, most of them will be 25×25 and done in a half double crochet corner 2 corner method with an H hook. You can use any method that you would like, It will look great in sc, c2c and even bobble.

I have a total of 9 squares for the center and a few different sizes for the border. You can start and stop at your convenience and make your afghan or pillows exactly like you want them.

This CAL is  officially starting the first week of November, after the Minecraft Obsession CAL is finished but if  want to get a head start you can download the Hogwarts Crest and Harry squares here!

Harry by Crafty Ridge              Hogwarts Crest by Crafty Ridge

These squares were already featured in the Potter Pillow post but what would a Potter Afghan be without them, so they are available and ready to hook up now.

If you need help on color changes for the c2c method you can check out A New Texture for Your Graphghans for some extra details, plus there is a video there that may help a bit.

Come join along in the fun on Facebook and don’t forget to share your finished squares with me on social media. Tag @CraftyRidge on Twitter and Instagram and share them on my Facebook page as well

Happy Hooking,

Angela

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