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LOTR CAL week 8

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Hello crocheters!

I am a bit late for the LOTR CAL this week, but here it is! The Witch King of Angmar and his mace, and Smaug as an alternative square.

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Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are available by clicking on the links.

Enjoy!

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LOTR CAL week 7

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Happy Sunday!

This week, on our Lord of the Rings crochet along, we have Gandalf the Grey. I just love Gandalf’s character in both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series. Let’s face it, he is pretty kickass!

So here he is, with a red background in memory of his fight against the Balrog πŸ™‚

LOTR_CAL_week7PDF available here

Next week we will have the remaining of the bad guys, the Witch King of Angmar and the alternative square for Smaug.

As usual, you can find the squares for week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6 by clicking on the links.

Happy crocheting!

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LOTR CAL week 6

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Hello readers!

It is time for week 6 of our LOTR crochet along! Today we have our first wizard, Saruman the white. He is holding his staff and the Palantir. Next week we will have Gandalf the grey join us. I have to admit I haven’t started Sam yet but I hope to start him over the week. I might not have too much time with my family arriving this week but I’ll try my best to post some pics of the work in progress πŸ™‚

LOTR_CAL_week6PDF here

You can find week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5 by clicking on the links.

Have a great crafty week!

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LOTR CAL week 4

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Today in our LOTR crochet along, we are having our first characters. In the original layout I have planned, there are 12 smaller squares, 8 of which will have characters and 4 with LOTR related objects (like the Lothlorien leaf brooch from week 2 and the ring from week 3).

Our first character is Frodo. I have also prepared an alternate square featuring Merry in case you prefer him over Frodo. Next week will be Sam and Pippin. It is totally up to you if you want to make Frodo and Sam, or Merry and Pippin, or even mix it up and use them in different combinations (and why not do them all if you really like Hobbitses?)

PDF for Frodo

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PDF for Merry

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Quite a bit of colours this week so we will see how I go. I have finished the ring square but haven’t taken pics yet so it will be for tomorrow!

Happy crocheting!

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Bobble stitch tutorial

Hi guys! Happy Friday πŸ™‚

This week just went so fast, probably because it was only a 4 days week πŸ™‚ and with the end of the week, we start a new month! As promised, I will be starting a Lord of the Rings CAL this month and I’m super excited about it.

However, before we start, I thought I should put together a photo tutorial for the stitch I’ll use for this CAL: the bobble stitch.

If you’ve been doing a lot of graphghans, chances are that you’ve already seen this stitch, or at least heard of it. This is what a finished square looks like (picture found onΒ Repeat Crafter Me, Sarah actually also has a very good tutorial for the bobble stitch, with some great videos for colour change).

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As you can see, each bobble is meant to be a square from the graph.

The first time I tried this stitch, I got a bit confused because the whole graph is worked from the back, which means that when you do a bobble, the textured part will be facing out, not towards you. Then in order to have all your bobbles facing the same way, you need to do a row of sc (U.S. dc) in between each row of bobbles.

  • The first thing to do when starting a bobble stitch graphghan is to make a chain. To know how many ch to do, multiply the number of squares from your graph by 2.

For example, my graph is 60×60 squares, I want to chain 120.

  • Chain 1 (this is your turning chain) and sc in each chain, starting from the second chain from your hook.

If we continue from the example above, you will now have 120 sc.

  • Now comes the tricky part: the bobbles. You want to chain 3 (turning chain) and dc 4 stitches together (U.S. tr 4 together) in your first sc. Then sc in the following sc. This will make your bobble ‘pop’. For each bobble, you then need to dc 5 together (the chain when you turned counted at your 5th dc).

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  • The only thing left to do is to follow your graph and change colours when needed. When you change colour, I would recommend changing at the end of the sc after the bobble.

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If we continue on our example, you will end up your row with 60 bobbles (5dctog + 1sc)

  • The next row, simply sc all the way back, and don’t forget your colour changes!
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You want 4 new sc at the back of your 2 bobbles

You are back to 120 sc and you are ready for the next row of bobbles!

I hope that this photo tutorial was helpful, if you have any question, don’t hesitate to leave me a message, and if you want a video I highly recommend Sarah’s video on Repeat Crafter Me, that’s how I learnt!

Of course, you can join the CAL without using the bobble stitch, there are lots of different ways of doing a graphghan and I can’t wait to see what you guys will come up with πŸ™‚

The first graph for the centre square (which will be the biggest square as well) will be posted on Sunday (3/04) so keep an eye out!

 

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Coming soon…

After a day of statistical tests at work (which means really NOT aΒ fun day) I felt like I deserved a little break so I worked on some graphs for the upcoming LOTR CAL πŸ™‚

I will see how I go with my monthly goals but if I manage to get enough of my WIPS done in March, I will start releasing/working on the LOTR graphs on April 1st (not an April’s fool!)

This is a small sneak peak at what I’ve done so far.

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If there is someone/something from the LOTR universe you would like to see, don’t hesitate to let me know! πŸ™‚

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