Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

A few months ago, my partner Coffee Shop Cynic decided to make a Harry Potter baby blanket for a pregnant friend of hers, in the style of my Game of Thrones blanket. First things first, though, she needed a pattern, and since I can’t help myself I immediately went ‘challenge accepted!’ and had a chart emailed to her within the day. I initially thought about making four completely separate charts, one with each house logo, and sewing them together, but then decided instead on designing the pattern as one large chart with the full Hogwarts crest. She finished the blanket a few weeks ago and it’s been safely delivered to the very excited mother, so now I can post the pattern!

If you have any questions about the pattern, please email me at waywardpineapplecreations@gmail.com and I’m happy to help. Enjoy!

All details below are based on US crochet terms. I made the blanket charts based on crochet, but it works well for knitting too.

Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (or something similar) in the following colours:
    • Black, gold (for crest), red, yellow, green, grey/silver, blue, bronze/brown (used for both  Ravenclaw and for the shaded part of the crest, or you can get a different brown for the crest if you prefer)
  • Size H / 5.00 crochet hook
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Quilt fabric for backing (black, or whatever you prefer)
  • Sewing machine to sew on the quilt fabric (or do it by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine)

Size/gauge

Finished blanket measures approx. 1 metre by 1 metre, and is slightly taller than it is wide. The gauge doesn’t matter other than the fact that a tighter gauge will make a slightly smaller blanket, and vice versa.

How to Assemble and Read the Chart

There are four separate chart files, which each needs to be printed and taped together to make one large chart. You will work from right to left and bottom to top, not counting the chain. Each chart is 65 stitches across and 70 rows tall, so when taped together the total chart is 130 stitches across and 140 rows tall.

Start by chaining 131 in black, then the first stitch of the first row is the first pixel in the bottom right corner of the chart. One pixel corresponds to one single crochet. For the odd rows you’ll be working from the front, and for the even rows you’ll flip it and be working from theback. Make sure the ends are always hanging to the back/wrong side of the blanket – so sometimes they will be facing you, and other times they will be on the other side from you.

I subdivided each chart into 5×5 boxes since it helps me count my stitches. I like to make a little mark beside each row so I know which direction I’m going, and I cross off/scribble out each row in sharpie as I finish them. Like this:

 
This is the Hawkeye panel of an Avengers blanket I was definitely not making at a certain point in time. I dug it up recently and may still (not) make it, but we’ll see!

Colour Changes

There are various techniques for changing colours, so it really just depends on your preference and whether or not you care about what the back looks like. I recommend lining the blanket so it won’t matter what the back looks like. I personally carry each colour behind as I work, so I end up with a ton of loops at the back of the blanket. Sometimes I will also cut a colour and pick it up later, depending on how far it will be until I need it again. I hate weaving in ends, though!

If you don’t want to line the blanket, you can either crochet over the colour you’re not using (though it tends to bleed through, I find) or cut the yarn each time you change colours and then weave in all the ends. There are a LOT of colour changes, though, so this may drive you insane! You could also do a combination of the two, crocheting over the unused colour when you have a lot of quick colour changes, and then cutting the yarn when you have larger gaps between colours.

Border (optional)

The blanket in the picture doesn’t have a border, but I recommend adding 1-2 rows of a black border just to make the sides look clean. You could also use the house colours or gold for the border, up to you!

Backing

I recommend backing the blanket in a quilting fabric, which will be soft and light for a baby (and at least one side of the blanket will be easy to clean!). You can hand sew the quilting on if you don’t have a sewing machine, but it will be a time consuming process. If you have a machine then it’s pretty quick and easy to just sew the quilting to the blanket all around the edges. Just fold the edges and pin all the way around, then feed it slowly and carefully through the machine. It’s a bit terrifying at first (when I did this with my Game of Thrones blanket, I was convinced that the crochet stitches would get caught in the machine and rip my beloved blanket to pieces), but just be careful and it will be fine. 🙂

And the charts!

Click on the picture or caption to download the charts. Print each one, trim the white off where needed, then tape carefully together so make one big chart. The background is in black, but I’ve left it white because there’s no sense in printing off that much black I figure.

Gryffindor

Slytherin

Hufflepuff

Ravenclaw

 

Etsy Store Announcement!

Exciting news everyone! I’ve just added a bunch of items to my Etsy store – namely, I’m going to start selling my custom-designed hand-made crochet dolls! For over a year the only thing I’ve had up there was my Baby Groot crochet pattern, but I had various leftover dolls sitting around from FanExpo and such, so I decided to take the plunge and just put them online. Some of the dolls on there are already made and ready to ship, but I also listed several that previously sold so they will have to be custom-made for anyone who orders. I have 14 dolls up so far, check them out over at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WaywardPineapple!

 

 

Plans for the future include more dolls, and definitely more patterns. I’m aiming to post a pattern every week or two – that’s my New Years Resolution! So stay tuned. 🙂

Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

Happy Star Wars weekend everyone! Are we all super excited for The Last Jedi?? I definitely was – saw it last night (no spoilers I promise!) and seeing it again tomorrow night. To commemorate the occasion, I’ve written up patterns for the three Star Wars Christmas ornaments that I’ve designed over the past couple of months, and am sharing them for free! Right in time for the holidays, so you too can have a tiny Rey, Leia, or Porg to hang on your tree. 🙂

Enjoy the patterns, and let me know if you have any questions!

Rey pattern cover image

 

Leia pattern cover image

Porg pattern cover image

A Conspiracy of Pineapples

Hi everyone! It’s been nearly a year since my last post, and and those who have been here before may notice that something has changed. Become more… tropical. And pineapple-y. What happened, you ask? Where did Vancouver Crafty Geeks and Erika go? I promise she hasn’t died in a mysterious pineapple-related incident! But after a year of neither of us posting, we decided that there wasn’t much point in continuing that blog. I’ve been wanting to start my own brand name and get more serious about blogging and pattern posting (we’ll see if that actually happens), and the majority of posts on the blog were mine anyway, so with Erika’s blessing I imported everything over to WordPress, bought a domain name, changed Erika’s posts to ‘guest posts’, did some other revisionist history to some old posts, and reopened as Wayward Pineapple Creations!

Why pineapples, you ask? And why is the pineapple wayward? How can a pineapple even be wayward, and what does any of this have to do with crochet? All very good questions, and I promise there are answers… I’m just not entirely sure what they are. Pineapples came about for a few reasons. First, they are yummy. Second, I had a minor obsession for awhile with pineapple-related imagery thanks to my fling with the Psych fandom. Third, and most importantly, I recently discovered the existence of a secret and dangerous organization… one that could probably get me killed for even mentioning it… a dark secret hiding behind the pineapple and flamingo imagery that permeates summer… the Tropical Illuminati.

*looks around furtively*

You’re probably wondering now, what the holy pineapple-y hell is the Tropical Illuminati and what does it have to do with any of this? Don’t ask questions! The first rule of the Tropical Illuminati is we do not talk about the Tropical Illuminati. But if you insist… the not-so-short version is, this past spring I embarked upon that most Canadian tradition of a day trip across the border to purchase goods at somewhat cheaper prices and at exciting stores we do not possess such as Joann’s and Dress Barn. As we entered store after store, a terrifying pattern began to emerge. Pineapples, flamingos, and palm trees. Everywhere. In every store. In every window display. They were following us, haunting our dreams. We returned to Canada, thinking we were safe up here in the frozen Arctic with our moose and beavers, but the pineapples and flamingos persisted! They could be found at every turn, in the most unexpected places. Just when we thought we were safe, another would emerge. Our friend dubbed this strange phenomenon the ‘Tropical Illuminati’, a grand worldwide conspiracy to lull us all into a sense of false complacency with cute tropical images before beginning the true invasion.

…or it was just the start of summer. Either seemed equally likely.

Anyway, the point is I spent a ridiculous summer making silly jokes about flamingos and pineapples, and buying merchandise in their images such as super tacky porch lights, so when the time can to name my blog, it was on my mind. I’ve been trying without luck to think of a name for YEARS. I went through a ton of generic boring crochet and geek related names. Anything fun or clever seemed to have been taken. I came up with ‘wayward’ because I wanted something to connote travel and wandering, to go with my Groot travel photos. It was very nearly Wayward Geek Creations. But it just lacked a certain… something. (something pineapple-y?) Eventually I decided to just embrace my own weirdness and name myself something fun and a bit kooky and inexplicable. Hence, the Wayward Pineapple was born. Now I just need to design a pineapple amigurumi!

In the meantime though, I designed my logo which I’m super happy with. I spent about an hour sketching random pineapple designs and then hit upon the idea of making the pineapple look like a ball of yarn – complete with crochet hook! And if you actually made it through reading the above drivel about the Tropical Illuminati, you may notice that the hook is pink… because the flamingos are in on this too, the feathery bastards.So what can you expect to find on Wayward Pineapple Creations? Much of the same as Vancouver Crafty Geeks, really. I have various new dolls since last year that I’ll post about, and gradually I swear to god I will actually write up and post some patterns. I also have a ton of traveling Groot (and other dolls!) photos to post from various trips over the past couple of years.  While I get my butt into gear to write up those actual travel posts, check out my Instagram @waywardpineapplecreations where I’m gradually posting pics from those trips as well as recent (and old) doll creations. I may also still do the occasional guest feature post, because I have some nerdy creative amazingly talented friends and they make cool stuff I want to show off. 🙂

Ok that’s it for now! I’ll be back soon, with actual crochet pictures I promise. In the meantime, stay safe and watch out for the Tropical Illuminati.

Also, if for some crazy reason you want to learn more about the Tropical Illuminati, head over to my good friend Sam’s blog The Artisan Penguin, where she’s written a whole blog post on the matter. So far she hasn’t died in an avalanche of pineapples while being pecked to death with flamingos so I think we’re safe. For now.

Pocket Dolls Part 4: Stranger Things – Eleven

I had intentions of making at least 1 blog post a week, and suddenly it’s been nearly 2 months… whoops? But we’re at the one month countdown to FanExpo Vancouver, so I’m going to get back to it and post more of the dolls that will be at our booth next month! First up – Eleven from Stranger Things.

Like pretty much everyone I know, I inhaled Stranger Things in less than a week while cowering on my couch under blankets. In retrospect, watching alone at 11pm might not have been the greatest idea. I loved it from start to finish, so of course I had to make a little Pocket!Eleven for FanExpo. 🙂 Check her out below. I have a design drawn up for a Pocket!Dustin as well, so we’ll see if that happens.

Pocket Dolls Part 2: DC Comics Universe

Today I’ll be sharing my next set of Pocket Dolls for FanExpo Vancouver, this time from the DC universe – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Supergirl. I confess I’m more a Marvel than DC girl, but I do love the Nolan Batman films and I enjoy the various DC TV shows right now. And I’m definitely looking forward to the Wonder Woman film. 🙂 Check out individual pictures below the cut!

The Flash

I made the Flash first, as a commission for a friend of mine. He turned out pretty cute and since the show is popular right now (it’s definitely my favourite of the DC tv-verse) I made another one to sell at FanExpo.

Supergirl

I made Supergirl as a birthday present for a friend, but I may still make another one for FanExpo. She was my first attempt at a female pocket doll; I tried to give her some shaping to make her more feminine… it didn’t really work. Oh well, I’ll keep trying.  I really like how she turned out though!

Superman

That symbol is a pain to cut out – I did Supergirl’s with foam, which was too thick I thought, so I used felt for Superman. More important was including the forehead curl. 😉

Wonder Woman

I had more luck with body shaping this time, but either way it’s just not possible to give much shape to such a small body. I’m happy with how she turned out, though, and all the little details were fun! She’s got a whip at her side as well, you can see it better in the second picture.

Batman

I tried a different style for the cowl compared to the Flash and I like how it worked out. Since I wanted actual safety eyes (and some flesh) coming through the eyeholes on the Flash, I made his head first and then made the cowl and sewed it on separately. With Batman I decided to go for plain white eye shapes (using foam), so I crocheted the black right into the head and then worked slip stitches around the face section to give it some height and separate the black from the flesh. I think it worked well!

(that Bat-symbol is a pain to cut out though, even worse than the Superman symbol!)

That’s it for this time! Stay tuned, there are more Pocket dolls coming plus other things. 🙂

Guest Post: Plastic Canvas Dollhouse by Mel Dawn

We’re excited to announce our first guest blog post by our friend Mel Dawn! Mel is a writer and crafter based in New Westminster BC, with a love of cats, Doctor Who, and a passion for creating unique pieces with plastic canvas. Below Mel shares with us one of her plastic canvas projects, a custom made dollhouse!

Don’t Turn Away, Don’t Look Back, and Don’t Blink: You Don’t Want to Miss This Craft Project!
by Mel Dawn

Many people collect action figures from the Doctor Who, Marvel, and DC Comics universes, but then are puzzled as how to display them. A collection should never be stuffed to the back of the closet. Over time, you may think you’re imagining the words, “We must escape the bat cave! Exterminate! Resistance is futile!” and loads of other phrases to guilt you into unpacking your geek collection.

Perhaps it’s time to help your lonely action figures find a home. But with a quick scan of eBay, you realize you can’t afford the Tenth Doctor’s TARDIS interior and console room. But you can afford to make your own action figure dollhouse.

It took me two years to make this miniature dollhouse from plastic canvas and yarn. It was actually a Mary Maxim kit, but you can buy plastic canvas from most dollar and craft stores. It doesn’t take a lot of yarn to make—you can use your yarn scraps from finished knitting projects.

Before I started, I didn’t have any specific dollhouse in mind. You can create an idea from Dollhouse, Doctor Who—the house from Blink, a haunted house, or headquarters from Deadpool.

I actually kitbashed my dollhouse. Finished, it’s 14 inches wide by 17 inches tall, but originally the pattern called for it to be around 12 inches by 12 inches. I wanted it to fit not only my action figures, but my Dawn Dolls too. These toys are about six inches tall, though I do have a smaller scale of action figure—Melanie from Doctor Who—who is about four inches tall—in the living room of my dollhouse, as well as a red Dalek. But David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and the Weeping Angel—made by Nick Norris on his 3D printer—stand about six inches tall.

I decided to make the rooms wider, and taller. I actually had to buy extra plastic canvas as the kit didn’t contain enough. I also didn’t follow the guidelines for yarn colours. I kept the colours of the kit in the bathroom and kitchen/dining room areas, but I changed the bedroom to mauve, and the living room to burgundy and red. I also had to use my own yarn as there wasn’t enough in the kit to create the new size of walls.

Plastic canvas is a lot like cross stitch, but you work your stitches on a rigid form of canvas instead of flexible canvas material. You also need to use yarn, though there are smaller gauges of plastic canvas that can be worked with embroidery floss. I worked with the Darice seven count plastic canvas (7 holes to one inch), the largest scale I’m aware of. These come in rectangular sheets, but you can buy other shapes and sizes such as hearts, circles, and squares too.

The stitches are worked a lot like on cross stitch, but instead of creating an X, you create only a row of //////s. You can work a variety of different stitches with your pattern, much like cross stitch, but with my dollhouse it was most //////s.

You can see in this photo where I have first done all the stitching for the front panel of the house. I have also added the brown overhang. The windows are stitched with yarn, but can be cut out.

In the next photo you can see the inside panel of the walls, as well as the left wall attached, and one short inner wall between living room and kitchen. I also made a rug for the living room. This was a pattern I found online. That’s one nice thing about making a project—you can constantly add to it over the years.

Here is the finished inside of the dollhouse. If I did this project a second time I would have added a sturdier form of plastic canvas between the floors and the walls, because you can see it sagging a bit in the photo. Or, you can accept it as the nature of the materials you are working with.

You can see how much fun it is to add your own action figures to the scene. The pattern I had also came with instructions for making the furniture. Again, I had to modify the pattern so the furniture fit the scale of the action figures. I also found patterns online to make other furniture, such as the burgundy chair in the living room.

The dollhouse even has an attic. I made a pirate’s trunk to fit up here. I added a rod to the closet, and made the bathroom cabinet open up.

In this photo you can have a better look at the burgundy chair that I made from a smaller scale of canvas mesh (ten count), so there are more stitches per square inch.

I found a clock pattern, so the kitchen has a clock above the fridge. The kitchen is a bit crowded, and I never made all the furniture that the dollhouse was supposed to have. I also eliminated a third room on the second story, a nursery. In hindsight, I should have made a cat room.

This project took me about two years to make, but others may work it faster if they have no other projects on the go. I still have other patterns I want to make, such as a dining room hutch. The playing options are endless, and gamers can even think up ways to incorporate the house into a game.

Plastic canvas is about 99 cents per sheet. You can buy special plastic canvas needles, scissors, and yarn, to make your plastic canvas crafts easier to make. Patterns and kits can be expensive, but you can create your own patterns and designs. Most people who try the hobby get hooked after the first few weeks. If you’re like me, you’ll end up having several folders of project ideas on your computer.

Thanks again to Mel for sharing her dollhouse with us! If you want to see more projects made by Mel or learn about her writing services, please visit her blog website.

Happy Deadpool Day! Celebrate with a FREE cross stitch pattern!

I suppose I could start off my apologizing for being a bad blogger and not posting anything in a very, very long time. I could do that… but I think I’d rather celebrate the new Deadpool movie that opens today. The film has been getting good reviews so far, and I’m really excited to go see it tomorrow! It doesn’t hurt that it was filmed locally in beautiful Vancouver and stars beautiful (and equally Vancouver-ful) Ryan Reynolds.

I especially loved all of the marketing leading up to the release of this movie. Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool tweets, passing it off as a Valentine’s ‘date’ movie, and of course the ridiculous and brilliant use of emojis to spell out ‘Deadpool’.

Ah, the good old ‘Skull-Poop-L’. A friend suggested this would make a great cross stitch pattern, and I agree! So I put a little something together and am offering it as a free download so everyone can get their Deadpool fix!

Stitch up your very own Skull-Poop-L to hang on your wall and cherish forever. Yes, it’s that special.

> Click here to download the pattern

To view the pattern, you will need a pdf reader. I like Adobe acrobat reader, but there are many programs that will open a pdf document. The pattern is a single page, so it’s ideal for displaying on a tablet or computer and for zooming in to see the chart closeup. If you do want to print this pattern out, I would recommend using a colour printer to ensure the chart symbols are as easy to read as possible.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! I’d love to see what you create with it, so tag me on Instagram or send me a Tweet! Please keep in mind the pattern is free for personal use only. Items made with this pattern can be given as gifts, but not sold for profit (online or elsewhere). Thank you and happy stitching!

Guest Post: Erika – A shark. Painted on a Uke.

Welcome to the first of my series of guest posts! I have some crazy talented friends who practice a variety of different crafts, and I wanted to take the chance to showcase them on my blog. Also because when I first made this blog it was under a completely different name and I was actually co-hosting it with the lovely lady behind this post, Erika, and I have since gone back in time and changed this post (and her other 2 posts) to ‘guest posts’. So yes, these words are coming from ‘the future’ and not actually Sept 2015 which is the publication date. Shh, I know, time travel is dangerous, but if the Doctor can do it than I can too. 😉 Nonetheless, I will probably have more in the future because I really do have a lot of friends who make very cool things! So without further ado, please enjoy Erika’s post about the amazing shark ukulele that she made for our mutual friend Andrea!

 

About Erika Glover

Erika is a graphic artist and designer based in Vancouver. A few years ago a friend introduced her to cross stitch and embroidery and she has been hooked ever since. She also loves to draw and spends her free time doodling, creating geeky cross stitch patterns and binge watching Netflix.

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A shark. Painted on a Uke.

A couple of months ago two friends, Kate and Peter, asked me to help them make a one-of-a-kind gift. Their wedding was about a month away, and our mutual friend Andrea was going to be the emcee. They wanted to give her something special as a thank you present. Kate and Peter are a very musical couple, and recently got Andrea interested in playing the ukulele. Their idea was to give her a uke of her very own. No ordinary ukulele would do though, not for this lady. You see, Andrea loves sharks, really loves them, so something this special for Andrea had to have a shark on it. They asked me if I would draw or paint a shark on the ukulele they were going to buy. How awesome is that?! Of course I said yes!

My initial thought was to use pencil crayons on the wood surface of the ukulele, similar to the technique of artist Bryan Collins (seriously, check out his youtube videos, they are amazing). In my head I pictured a plain wood ukulele, where I could distress the surface a little to get more of a raw texture for the pencil crayons to stick to. However, when I saw the beautiful uke that they had picked up, with teal coloured wood stain and a satin finish, doing anything to distress the finish was out. Now, I got a little nervous. I didn’t want to ruin this beautiful ukulele, I thought it looked so nice just as it was!

Yes, it’s missing a string. Of course a string broke when it was in my possession. This just added to my anxiety of ruining things.

The only thing I could think of that would stick to surface and not rub off was acrylic paints. I remember I loved painting with acrylics as a kid, but it’s been so long I definitely needed some practice. I forgot how quickly acrylic paints dry, and how it becomes hard to blend colours smoothly once it does start to dry. I did some practice sketches and played around with the paints a bit more. I grew more and more nervous about jumping in a getting the actual piece done.

When it came time to actually paint on the ukulele, I was terrified! I’m the type of artist who sketches something out twenty times before I get it right, so I really rely on my eraser. I’m not very good at ‘on the spot’ art, or where I only get one chance. To help give me a little guideline, I lightly sketched the shape of the shark with a white pencil crayon. It showed up enough on the teal surface to give me something to follow. Then I had to just go for it. I slowly built up layers of paint, working quickly so the paint didn’t dry. Once I started and had a few layers down, my confidence grew and I felt much better about what I was doing and that I wasn’t going to ruin this special present.

I wanted to shark to still be visible whether the uke was stored upright or on it’s side, like it was swimming around the curve of the ukulele’s body.

When it was finished, I was so excited. I was really happy with how it turned out, and so were Kate and Peter. I’m really proud to have been apart of this project and know now that I just need to trust myself more. Being pushed out of my artistic comfort zone was scary at first, but paid off in the end. And yes, Andrea loves her shark ukulele!