First off, my sincere apologies for the still image the folks at Vimeo.com chose for that video....holy hell....they're off the Christmas card list...
Hello and welcome to the first Totallee CAL!!
The purpose of this Cal is to:
Give complete beginners the opportunity to try out the Crochet-By-Numbers technique.
A chance to complete a small piece from start to finish.
Ask any questions no matter how silly they seem HAVE A BIT OF FUN!
I won't be putting time limits on any of the steps as this is a go-at-your-own-pace thing
So please feel free to take part at any time, ask questions via the tag board on the left hand side menu and give it a whirl !
First things first, we need to get you a pattern!!!....
You will need:
A crochet hook between 3mm and 4.5mm in size
20gms?! (in other words, not very much!!) (Australian 8ply) of the colours listed in the colour key below!
Coffee, dozens of packets of M&m's and 1 comfy arse chair!
First line (RS) is RightSide, second line (WS) is WrongSide. This pattern is RIGHT HANDED and starts from the bottom. The first stitch on the first row is the bottom right hand corner of the final piece. Tie off's must be pulled through after completing a WS row.
Time to get this CAL on the road!!!!!
Please feel free to copy, paste and print the pattern from above out. This will make it much easier to follow and cross off each of the stitches as you complete it FIRST THINGS FIRST
If you are new to the world of crochet, Welcome !!
Although the union jack pattern may seem a little daunting at first, feel absolutely free to take your time, ask questions and make truckloads of frustrating mistakes because if you are anything like me when I first started, i'll consider you strange if you don't feel like stabbing your computer screen with your crochet hook at the first colour change
So let's start with the 2 basic crochet stitches that are used in the CBN technique... the CHAIN (c) and the SINGLE CROCHET (sc)...
This video from Lionbrand.com is great at showing you how to work a chain stitch. There are also terrific pictures and step by step instructions on their page HERE!
SINGLE CROCHET STITCH
This video from Lionbrand.com is great at showing you how to work a single crochet stitch. There are also terrific pictures and step by step instructions on their page HERE!
As with the chain stitch, these guys are much better at teaching it than me
CAL VLOG - PART 1
This introductory vlog covers the materials being used and demonstrates the chain stitch and the single crochet as we crochet the first 2 rows of the union jack !! Remember to ask questions or leave feedback on how you are going via the tagboard on the letf-hand side of the page
Okay, just watching the video back (cringing as I do so..) the 4th single crochet stitch I do on the first row, I actually double-crocheted that by mistake, it wasn't a loose stitch at all, so don't pay attention to that bit, because clearly I wasn't either lol
So hopefully you will have your two rows of blue border and are now ready to start introducing colour !! Don't panic if you still haven't got the hang of the single crochet stitch yet. Be sure to watch the tutorial videos and pace yourself through the introductory vlog and it will come eventually
CAL VLOG - PART 2 - Colour!
This second vlog walks you through how to do the colour changes for our union jack on a Right Side (RS) row. I'll apologise in advance for being a little side-tracked during this - I really shouldn't have music on in the background!! Distracting!! And as you'll see i'm EASILY distracted !!
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask!!
I hope you're all enjoying it thus far !!
CAL VLOG - PART 3 - Pull Throughs!
This third vlog tries to demonstrate how to pull those pesky tie-off's through when you've completed a Wrong Side Row! If you're still unsure as to how to go about it, Todd over @ CROCHET BY NUMBERS . COM has some fabulous training videos that show the technique as well! Hopefully between the two, you'll get the hang of it super quickly and be on your way REMBEMBER - Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!! And certainly don't hesitate to send me pictures of your completed Union Jacks !!!
G'Day and welcome to my lil gallery
Feel free to browse away to your eyes content, leave me a comment on the tag-board or just soak up some crocheted portraiture!
I also really need to take 2 seconds here to extend the biggest of "THANK YOU!!!"'s to Lokesh Dhakar whose 'Lightbox2' script is the sickest thing since sliced bread I would seriously be stuffed without the aid of this coding brilliance, so MASSIVE KUDOS to you Mr. Dhakar
You're a star man!!
Welcome one and all to my pattern archive!
Here you will find the patterns I have popped up for you to get your hooks into !
If you are new to the world of crochet, you may like to check out the Union Jack Crochet-Along located above as it's a nice and simple introduction to the basics. Alternatively, you may like to check out the tutorials section of Todd's site Crochet By Numbers!
It's only now as I come to write this that I realise the first time I picked up a copy of 'The Philosopher's Stone' was in 1999. It's only now that I realise that that was 12 YEARS AGO. By God. I could really use that time-turning hourglass of Hermione's right now....
Anywayz! Mid way through 2009, I decided to have a crack at making my own crochet patterns and guess who I decided to do first?!? Young Mister. Potter
As far as first impressions go I was pretty chuffed! At least it looked like him and of course the bigger plus - it only used 4 colours (which therefore made it cheap as chips to make!)
At first I thought it would make a cute cushion for the lounge but then inspiration reared it's beautiful head! Why not make lonely Harry a couple of friends to accompany him on said couch?!?
It wasn't until I had them all lined up on the floor that I thought 'this screams Brady Bunch...'
So taking inspiration from the opening and closing credit's of "Here's the story, of a lovely lady..", I went about choosing 9 characters for a Hogwarts Bunch Blanket! NOT AN EASY TASK!!!!!
SOO many too choose from! So many faves! But as of December 2010, I managed to whittle the selection down to 9 and complete them!
The next step was to border and back them all individually before the daunting task of Hand Sewing (blurgh. )
I bordered each one with about 4 rows of black before sewing some cheap black jersey material to the backs. I then joined the panels together with black yarn by going in and out of the holes conveniently made by the single crochet stitches. This produced a lovely flat join that can hardly be seen ! (on the right side up of course -_^!)
The blanket has received an enormous amount of love so i'd just like to send vitual hugs , kisses and high fives to EVERYONE who has followed and supported me though the making of this project via the many places i've posted my progress! Major kudos to you guys
For those wanting different characters, if you're a member of Ravelry, have a search for a raveller named 'Candice' She has a BUNCH of character graphs for free in her patterns section Please note- I do not produce patterns on request. For reasons why, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section
If you do have a crack at a character, please feel free to send me pictures to be featured here on Totallee.net! Like the beautiful angels below!!!
poprocker [@] totallee [.] net !
Your Potter Panels!
Get ready to get your applause on whilst browsing this section!!
This section is to show off the incredible crocheting magic of those who have had a crack at the Potter Panels and have beyond succeeded !!
If you have sent me a picture of your potter panel and don't see it featured, first, please forgive me and secondly, please resend it! I'm a fully qualified scatterbrain and have clearly misplaced it!
Again if you would like to have your finished piece featured, please pop a couple of images into an e-mail and send it to poprocker [@] totallee [.] net!
Our New Celebrity
Earlier this year I awoke to a little opportunity sitting patiently in my inbox. Adrienne the deputy editor of Let's Knit UK magazine had asked if they could feature the Hogwarts Bunch Blanket in an upcoming issue!!
I preceeded to freak-the-shiz out and accepted immediately!!!
Published in a magazine!!!!! From the other side of the freaking planet!!!!! AGGHHHH!!!
As you can see I handled the whole propsal extremely professionally....
Adrienne sent along some questions and I sent her some pictures and you can imagine my surprise when I first laid eyes on issue #44.....
I scored an ENTIRE PAGE!!!
I'd like to extend another massive thank you to Adrienne and her team for this opportunity! TOO TOO AWESOME!!
Twenty-six year old fibre artist. Crochet portraits = Obsession. I am surgically attached to my Ipod and crochet hook. M&ms are as important as oxygen. Einstein hit the nail on the head with "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."