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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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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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!

Luna

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.

Ron

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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