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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. All of the graph blocks that I completed for the Wizard of Oz CAL are free.  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. 
  2. SPECIAL OFFER: People who participate and share a picture of their finished Tunisian Crochet 4 blocks 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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..
  5. 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!
  6. Now that you know the rules for my Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz CAL, let’s get started! The start date 12Dec18. This Afghan was completed 7Mar19.

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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. I actually prefer the embroidered mouth:

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.

I don’t have one of these Tunisian Crochet Hooks, but it is on my wish list:

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Click on the picture above, or click here, to check out the Chiaogoo Tunisian Crochet 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.

-At least 10 Safety pins to hold the finished Tunisian crochet design on to the fleece backing as you crochet the border.

-Fleece blanket for the finished Tunisian Crochet Design measuring approximately 74 inches by 59.5 inches. (I had mine cut by Joann’s Craft Store). If you get a larger fleece blanket, you can crochet a border around your finished Tunisian Crochet Design to fit the larger fleece blanket.

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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Dorothy Block#1

Dorothy Block#2

Dorothy Block#3

Dorothy Block#4

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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Tinman &Lion Block#1

Tinman &Lion Block#2

Tinman &Lion Block#3

Tinman &Lion Block#4

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.

Good Witch Block #1

Good Witch Block #2

Good Witch Block #3

Good Witch Block #4

 

 

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 are the Unicorn 4 blocks.

 

 

Magical Unicorn block #1

Magical Unicorn Block #2

Magical Unicorn Block #3

Magical Unicorn Block #4

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

I altered the crochet unicorn graph slightly from my previous graph. I didn’t like how far back the neck was. Now, I am much happier with the way the unicorn looks. My husband and I both agreed that the golden brick path could have been a bit narrower near the words “Like Home,” but I am not going to change mine. You may want to alter yours to make it a bit narrower. I bet you can’t guess the famous quote I chose from the Wizard of Oz that will go between the Unicorn blocks and the Flying Monkey blocks.

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The Flying Monkey blocks:

Flying Monkey Block#1

Flying Monkey Block#2

Flying Monkey Block#3

Flying Monkey Block#4

I had to re-do the part between the quote words: “You’ve Always had the Power My Dear You Just…”  The word “Always” was a bit tricky:

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Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure that the letters are joined correctly when you join these two blocks. The above blocks are the Flying Monkey Block#2 and Magical Unicorn Block #1.

 

 

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I had to undo the two blocks, which needs to be done very very very carefully as you can imagine. You don’t want to ruin all of that hard work that you did creating your beautiful Tunisian Crochet block. I gently pulled on the two blocks to reveal the joining stitches as shown in the picture above. I then cut those joining stitches only. I was then able to undo all of the joining stitches up to the point where the “Y” error was made. I then fixed the “Y” and re-joined the two blocks together.

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All fixed. Now, the words read clearly in the quote.

I have to finish the last row of the Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz Afghan, which will include the castle and rainbow.  I am currently working on the “Wizard of Oz 4 blocks.”

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I actually really like my Crochet Tote Bag for Tunisian Crochet. I can only put my yarns, that pull from the middle, into the tote bag. I place all other styles of yarn on top of the bag as I Tunisian Crochet. It keeps my yarn more organized. I purchased mine from Mary Maxim, but there are similar ones on Amazon Prime. Click the picture above, or here, to see if it is something you would like to purchase.

 

 

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The Wizard of Oz 4 blocks:

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In the picture, it is difficult to appreciate the sparkle in the white clouds. I used “I Love this Yarn” metallic white color. There is also a sparkle in the darker blue. I used Caron Simply Soft Party yarn, which turned out beautiful in the rainbow.

The Wizard of Oz Block #1

The Wizard of Oz Block #2

The Wizard of Oz Block #3

The Wizard of Oz Block #4

I like to show you my mistakes too because they may help you from NOT making the same mistakes.

So yesterday, I almost thought that I made a huge mistake on the last row of 4 blocks! After the initial kicking myself and then resignation that a huge mistake was made, I showed my hubby what I had done. Of course, when I showed him, he saw a different error and not the one that I was talking about! Huge sigh! I then realized that the castle door that he pointed out was narrower on one side than the other side! After I showed him the castle triangular shaped turrets, he saw what I was talking about:

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If you look at the castle door, you can see the other error that I made. My graph was correct, but I didn’t add the silver color where I was supposed to:

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I sat down to re-draw the error with the castle triangular turrets, and that is when I realized that my mistake was easier to fix then I originally thought. The mistake was not with the drawn graphs THANK GOODNESS!!  I had switched “The Castle Block #1” and “The Castle Block #2!!!!” So, I had to un-do Castle Block #1 and Castle Block #2 and switch them.

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When you are using Tunisian Crochet to join the Castle 4 blocks, make sure to pay attention to the placement of the Castle Turrets so you don’t make the same mistake as me.

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Instead of re-doing the Castle Block #4, I embroidered over the silver portion of the door to make both sides equal, and it turned out well! It was an easier fix than re-doing the whole block.

Here are the finished Castle 4 blocks attached to the Wizard of Oz 4 blocks:

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Castle Block #1

Castle Block #2

Castle Block #3

Castle Block #4

I decided to add a crochet 4 leaf clover design to my afghan:

 

 

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If you would like to add a Crochet 4 leaf clover to your afghan, here is the direct link for the video tutorial:

Saint Patricks Day Fun Ideas

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When I actually sewed on my clover, I decided to turn it slightly to look like a cross. So, turning the clover like a cross is an option as well.

 

I am in love with my Hot Air Balloon! I am so happy that I decided to add it. I almost went with another bird. My husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day at South Coast Winery Resort in Temecula, and we saw beautiful hot air balloons early the next morning.

 

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One of the Hot Air Balloons had an initial on it, and it gave me the idea to put my initials on my afghan’s hot air balloon “HMC.”  I love how it turned out!

Here are the “Hot Air Balloon” 4 blocks:

Hot Air Balloon Block #1

Hot Air Balloon Block #2

Hot Air Balloon Block #3

Hot Air Balloon Block #4

I would recommend the following:

-At least 10 Safety pins to hold the finished Tunisian crochet design on to the fleece backing as you crochet the border.

-Fleece blanket for the finished Tunisian Crochet Design measuring approximately 74 inches by 59.5 inches. (I had mine cut by Joann’s Craft Store). If you get a larger fleece blanket, you can crochet a border around your finished Tunisian Crochet Design to fit the larger fleece blanket.

 

When I stepped on the back fleece portion of the blanket, I could feel the back post of the safety doll eyes. So, an option could be to use your tapestry needle, and the same colored yarn as the Tunisian Design on the front, to sew a small crochet patch over the safety doll eye post, on the wrong side of the design, before attaching the back fleece blanket.

Here is the YouTube video showing how I made the embroidery stitch and crocheted the fleece backing to the front Tunisian design:

 

Here is the YouTube video tutorial showing how to make a crochet clam shell border:

How to make a Crochet Clam Shell Border

 

Tunisian Crochet Wizard of Oz CAL complete 7Mar19

When I went to the San Diego County Fair “Wizard of Oz” 2019, I saw this Map of Oz. I found a free one that I downloaded online. If you would like to have a free PDF download of the same map, here it is:

Map Of Oz

Here is the Wizard of Oz Quiz free PDF download that I obtained from the San Diego Fair 2019 as promised. The quiz questions and answers were made available for free by people who displayed the San Diego Fair Fine Art Exhibit:

Wizard of Oz Quiz Cover from Fair 2019

Wizard of Oz Quiz Questions San Diego Fair 2019

Wizard of Oz Quiz Cover Answers

Wizard of Oz Quiz Answers

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