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Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Crochet Along (CAL)

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Please make sure to read this before starting my Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Crochet Along (CAL)!!!

The picture above is not what my finished Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz CAL will look like.

  1. I am giving the first 4 graph blocks of the Wizard of Oz CAL for free PDF download available to everyone. I am doing this because Tunisian Crochet is not for everyone, and it will allow beginners a chance to see if they like it or not. You could always turn your finished work into a pillow instead of an afghan, if you don’t like this method of crocheting.  I made the first 4 graph blocks to go with the free step-by-step YouTube video tutorials to get you started.
  2. The rest of the graph blocks that I complete for the Wizard of Oz CAL will be given for free to Helenmay Crochet Special Donor Members ONLY! I am designing all of the Wizard of Oz graph blocks myself. However, I will post finished pictures of each of the blocks on this blog post. So you will be able to see what the finished Tunisian Crochet blocks will look like. People interested in drawing their own graph blocks can obtain a free blank 40 x 40 graph block at the top of my HOME page. Just go to the free graphs/diagrams link. 
  3. SPECIAL OFFER: People who participate and share a picture of their finished Scarecrow Tunisian Crochet 4 block will become a Helenmay Crochet Special Donor Member for the year 2019!!!  Go to the top of my HOME page to find the link for Helenmay Crochet Special Donor Members to find out more information regarding what it means to be a Special Donor Member.
  4. If you are interested in making a Tunisian Crochet Afghan for Minecraft and/or Guardians of the Galaxy, I offer ALL of my completed graphs for free PDF download on my blog available for everyone. I provide free YouTube video tutorials to get you started for each of those Afghans as well. Here is the direct link to my Helenmay Crochet YouTube Channel.  You will also be able to see what those completed Tunisian Crochet Afghans turned out like.
  5. The other important note that you should be aware of is that I don’t bury my loose yarn ends. I prefer to place an inexpensive fleece backing on the back of all of my completed Tunisian Crochet Afghans.  To me, there are multiple advantages of completing my Tunisian Crochet Afghans this way: 1. I don’t have to bury the multitude of loose yarn ends, 2. The blanket is warmer, 3. You can use safety doll eyes, and 4. I don’t have to bury the multitude of loose yarn ends..lol..
  6. I have nothing against the use of crochet testers, but I prefer to just crochet on my own. If you note that I made an error, please let me know, and I will go back and correct it. Thank you very much!
  7. Now that you know the rules for my Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz CAL, let’s get started! I will make the start date 12Dec18. Goal to completion is May 2019.

There are affiliate links below, if you are unsure of what affiliate links are please go to “Disclosures/Disclaimers” and “Privacy Policy” at the top of my HOME page. Affiliate links basically allow me to receive a very small referral fee, but only if you make purchases. Just because you go to the link doesn’t mean that I will receive a referral fee.

My favorite way to make Afghans is with Tunisian Crochet. There are other ways to create an afghan, but for some reason, I fell in love with the Tunisian Crochet method! The reason why I love it so much is that I can create incredible detail on my afghan and crochet it fairly quickly.

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The picture above is nap time with both my completed Tunisian Crochet Minecraft and Tunisian Crochet Guardians of the Galaxy blankets. Both completed Afghans have held up extraordinarily well. I gifted these Afghans to my family members. One of the boys got jealous of the other boy’s completed Minecraft Afghan and requested one for himself.  He was happy to receive a Guardians of the Galaxy Afghan. Now, they are both happy. One of them said, “It is the ultimate warmness.”

Now, I am completing a Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Afghan, and you are welcome to Crochet-Along (CAL)!  Why am I completing a Wizard of Oz Afghan? I chose Wizard of Oz because that is the theme for the San Diego Fair in 2019. Also, I love the Wizard of Oz!

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You can see how I used 10mm safety doll eyes for the Scarecrow. You could probably go to a 12mm, or even 15mm. You may want to compare and see which ones you like best. If you are going to use safety doll eyes, then don’t use your blue yarn for the eyes! You would just use the same yarn color as the face.

Here is the Completed Dorothy face using 15mm safety doll eyes and an embroidered mouth for comparison:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first 4 graph blocks will be for the Scarecrow.  So far, I am attempting to make all of my Afghan blocks 40 x 40. With my past two Afghans, I used different sized graph blocks and to me, it was difficult trying to design the puzzle pieces back into a rectangular shape for the fleece blanket. We shall see if I maintain a 40×40 graph block for all of the pieces for this Afghan. The approximate measurements that I ended up with for one 40 x 40 graph block were 9″ (width) and 12.5″ (height). The approximate measurements for the completed 4 graph blocks were 19″ (width) and 23″ (height).

Scarecrow 4 block:

Block 1 graph is the top left, Block 2 is the top right, Block 3 is the bottom left, and Block 4 is the bottom right.

Free PDF downloads:

Scarecrow Block#1

Scarecrow Block#2

Scarecrow Block#3

Scarecrow Block#4

 

I chose Block 2 for the free step-by-step YouTube video tutorial, because it is the most difficult block to make. The video tutorial can be found after the list of General Materials that I used.

General Materials that I used:

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Tunisian Crochet Hook Set, prime eligible, click the picture above, or here, to go to the affiliate link. If you get the size above, you can use the 5.5mm hook.

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-You will need a pair of scissors. Do you need a new pair of beautiful quality scissors? These are prime eligible. Click on the picture above, or here, for the affiliate link.

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-I like to use a pencil grip (soft cushion) on the end of my Tunisian Crochet hook because I don’t like to put a lot of pressure on my thumb as I twist the Tunisian Crochet Hook. Prime eligible. Click on the picture above, or here, to go to the affiliate link.

 

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-1 Darning/tapestry/knitting needle. Click on the picture above, or here.

Yarn choices that I used for the Scarecrow 4 block. I used all Medium 4, 100% acrylic yarn:

  1. Red Heart yarn Spring Green color for the grass.
  2. Red Heart yarn Evergreen color for the Scarecrow hat, shirt, and flower leaves.
  3. Red Heart Blue Hawaii color for the Scarecrow hat band and optional yarn eyes.
  4. Red Heart Yarn or I Love This Yarn, Yellow color for the Scarecrow hair, straw, belt, center of flower, and nose.
  5. Red Heart Cherry Red yarn color for the Scarecrow mouth and flowers.  Optional: You may want to embroider the mouth instead. I am going to leave mine with the red yarn, but for the next characters, I may embroider the nose and mouth.
  6. Red Heart Aran colored yarn for the face and hands.
  7. Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand Toffee colored yarn for the shirt collar and pants.
  8. Red Heart Dark Brown With Love Premium “Chocolate” colored yarn for the Shoes and buttons.

Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Afghan Part 1 of 2 YouTube video tutorial:

Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Part 2 of 2 DIY Video Tutorial:

 

Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz How to Frog:

Now, you have all of the Tunisian tools/skills to complete the Wizard of Oz Afghan along with me! Remember,  the rest of the free PDF downloadable graph block designs for the Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Afghan will be emailed to Helenmay Crochet Special Donor Members. If you are a Helenmay Crochet Special Donor Member, and you would like to participate in my Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Afghan, please contact me via my blog, when you are ready for the next graph block. Remember that if you submit a picture of your finished Scarecrow 4 block to me, you will automatically become a Helenmay Crochet Special Donor Member. At the top of my HOME page you will see a “Contact” link. Also, you can contact me via Facebook.

The next 4 block will be Dorothy’s:

Yarn choices that I used for the Dorothy’s 4 block. I used all Medium 4, 100% acrylic yarn:

  1. Red Heart yarn Spring Green color for the grass.
  2. Red Heart yarn Evergreen color for the flower leaves.
  3. Red Heart Blue Hawaii color for the Dress.
  4. Red Heart Yarn or I Love This Yarn, Yellow color for the Gold Path and center of the flower.
  5. Red Heart Cherry Red yarn color for the flowers and hair bows.  Optional: You may want to embroider the mouth instead. I used PRISM craft thread hot pink color.  I doubled up the yarn before embroidering. For the nose, I doubled up the yarn and sewed twice.
  6. Red Heart Aran colored yarn for the face and hands.
  7. Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand Toffee colored yarn for the basket.
  8. Red Heart Dark Brown for the hair.
  9. Caron simply soft party yarn, snow sparkle for the stockings and dress apron.
  10. 15mm brown safety doll eyes for Dorothy and 10mm black solid safety doll eyes for the blue bird.
  11. Toto has 12mm safety doll blue eyes and a 20mm safety dog nose.  I embroidered his mouth using black yarn.

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The Prism Craft Thread comes in different color packs to choose from and is prime eligible. Click on the picture above, or here, to go to the affiliate link.

Block#1 of Dorothy’s 4 block

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Block#1 of Dorothy’s 4 block will go to the right of the Scarecrow Block#2:

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Dorothy Block#2

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Dorothy Block #3:

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Dorothy Block #4:

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I haven’t Tunisian crocheted the Scarecrow block and the Dorothy block together yet. I will wait until I have completed the Tin Man and Lion 4 block.

I wanted to point out something.  This happened to me because I joined the two blocks with Tunisian Crochet, but I went into the large hole/gap instead of under it. I ended up with large gaps between the two blocks. This example is between Dorothy Block #3 and Block #4.

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If you Tunisian Crochet 2 blocks together and have large holes like in the picture above, you will have to Tunisian Crochet the 2 blocks together again (Don’t frog, or undo, the work). Go under the stitch with the large hole (On the wrong side), and use Tunisian Crochet to join the blocks together again. You will be reinforcing the blocks, and you will get rid of the holes.

You will notice that there is a difference between using Tunisian crochet to join the blocks at the top and bottom vs side to side. When you are using Tunisian Crochet to join blocks at the top and bottom, make sure to get under the ridge at the top of the block (I show this in the YouTube video tutorial when I demonstrate joining the blocks).

I have already graphed the Tin Man and Lion 4 block. I am using Tunisian Crochet to complete them now. I will share the blocks as I complete them. If you are ready for the Tin Man & Lion 4 block graphs, just contact me.

Yarn/Materials that I am using for the Tin Man & Lion 4 block:

  • Symbol “D” Dark Grey: Caron One Pound Medium Grey Mix.
  • Light Grey color: Caron One Pound Soft Grey Mix.
  • 20mm green safety doll eyes for Tin Man/ I embroidered the mouth using Cherry Red Colored Yarn.
  • Spring Green colored yarn for the grass
  • Same Yellow colored yarn for the Yellow Brick Road (As in Dorothy Block #2)
  • The Lion Symbol “D”= Yosemite colored yarn from Lion Brand Heartland.
  • The Lion Symbol “L”= Toffee brown (Same toffee color used in the Dorothy 4 block)
  • Symbol “B”= Beige colored yarn or Aran colored yarn.
  • Cherry Red colored yarn for the flower.
  • Evergreen colored yarn for the leaves/stem.
  • I will update the lion’s eyes, nose, and mouth when I complete it.

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So now I have a good idea of the size that my completed Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz blanket will be. I chose an adorable inexpensive dog fleece that I purchased on sale at Joann’s Craft store. The size of the dog fleece is 60″ width and 74″ height. There are a total of 12 blocks on the bottom row. I will complete 12 blocks for the middle row and 12 blocks for the top row. Each block will be graphed 40 x 40 pixels.

The next 4 blocks will be The Good Witch 4 blocks that will go above the Tinman and Lion. I have already used Tunisian Crochet to join all of the blocks.

I have to say that this Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Afghan is becoming one of my favorites!! I just love how it is turning out! I hope that yours is turning out as good as mine!  Of course, I had to add the quote “There is no place like home.” I will put “The Wizard of Oz” somewhere in the top row with the castle and rainbow. So far, I have completed the bottom row and now, I am working on completing the middle row.

Yarn/materials that I am using for the Good Witch 4 block:

The yarn is listed on the respective graphs. The safety doll eyes that I used are 15mm.

 

I have already graphed the Unicorn 4 blocks and the Flying Monkey 4 blocks. The quote that I used will go between the Unicorn and Flying Monkey blocks. I wonder if you can guess what quote I chose?

The next completed 4 blocks that I will share is the Unicorn 4 blocks.

Here is block#2:

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Yarn/materials that I am using are listed on the respective graphs.

 

 

Last updated: 17Jan19

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