Wednesday, March 5, 2008

South Park Afghan


Bet you never knew that the south park boys
were on Hollywood Squares.

This past year I learned to crochet, so I naively thought that it would be a piece of cake to create the boys from south park. I had to learn how to do tunisian crochet, how to chart an image, how to change colours, and how to put this all together into an afghan. It took me a while but I finally finished it and now I am working on a second one for my other son.

Here is a quick overview of how I made it.
First choose your images... You can search online for ones or draw your own.Either way save them to your computer.
Next go to this very cool site
http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/
and upload your images. Pick the size of chart that you want and also whether you intend to knit, crochet, needlepoint or cross stitch your image (tick off knit if you are going to use tunisian crochet). Then print off your charts...it is that easy! I used tunisian crochet to create my images and a combination of sc and twisted trc for the background blocks.
More questions...just let me know!

Link to amigurumi Butters
Link to amigurumi Cartman
Link to amigurumi Kenny

24 comments:

TurquoizBlue said...

Very nice! I love it.

Heather said...

That's great!! I love South Park and have one on my to do list to.

sukigirl said...

Thank you!
Although there were a lot of steps involved in making it, the result made it all worth it.

Aim said...

That is totally cool! Thanks for the how-to link :) Good job!

sukigirl said...

Thank you Aim! I'm glad you like it!
I visited your blog...
You lead a very cool life...snorkeling in Maui and belly dancing! I would love to visit Hawaii sometime!

The Knitting Musician said...

This is so awesome! Though I've been knitting for almost 10 years now, I have yet to fully understand tunisian crochet. I know how to complete the stitches, but how exactly do you switch colors? Is it like intarsia, or do you keep the yarn you're not working with underneath the yarn you are working with and switch off? I can never find a complete answer to this question, and since you have completed an afghan with tunisian crochet, I would greatly appreciate it if you could email me back!

email: whole.grain.cereal [at] gmail [dot] com

Thanks!

The Knitting Musician said...

Whoopsies. I've been crocheting for almost 10 years now.

sukigirl said...

Knitting musician, I just got back from a trip so I am a bit off kilter still. Give me a day or two to pull out my yarn so that I can refresh my memory. I honestly don't remember off the top of my head which way you wrap the colours but I promise to get back to you very soon.

The Knitting Musician said...

:) Thank you so much!

sukigirl said...

Okay..I got my yarn and hook out and did a small sample..I don't know what interasia but here is what I do.
When I change colours I always bring my new colour UNDER my old colour. If I am doing more than 3 stitches of a colour I carry my old colour in behind it by wrapping it around every fourth stitch. Does that make sense to you?
I did check one of the sites online and that is also what they recommend. Hope that helps you!
Oh, and if I ever tackle knitting, can I come to you for help? :0)

The Knitting Musician said...

That TOTALLY makes sense! That's so smart! I'm definitely going to make a tunisian crochet afghan sometime soon!

I actually started out crocheting and then transitioned to knitting because of the lack of crochet patterns out there. From my experience, knitting is way easier to learn than learning how to crochet. The only hard part I had to deal with was managing to hold two needles at once instead of just one short hook. But it worked out fine, and if you have any problems knitting, you're more than welcome to come to me. :) I'd love to help.

Thanks again!

Christina said...

I love this afghan. Is it hard to do the tunisian crochet. It seems alot like knitting. Anyway, I love it.

sukigirl said...

Knitting Musician:
I'm glad that I could help.
I hope to tackle a knitting project (a teapot cozy) for my sister so I may take you up on your kind offer! :0)


Christina:
Tunisian crochet is so easy!
It is very straight forward and you will probably pick it up very quickly.
I found that dealing with the different colours took a little longer but once I figured that out I was on my way!
The one thing that is good about this project is that you can tackle one block at a time!
Good Luck and let me know if you try it!

Crystal said...

Can I become your child so I can get a south park afghan from you!

sukigirl said...

LOL! Sure as long as you don't mind sleeping on the couch :0)

poohbear102045 said...

I love your south park afghan. What size of grid did you use

sukigirl said...

Thanks poohbear....
I used the regular grid size (48w x 64h).
I hope that helps.

aimforsky said...

This is amazing, I'm going to do this! did you connect the squares by crocheting them together, or sewing them together?

sukigirl said...

Thanks aimforsky,
I crocheted them all together when I had finished all the squares. I first loosely pinned them all together with safety pins and spread it out on a table to see how well they fit together.

You probably could also join the images to the background squares as you crochet the background squares but I really didn't preplan things that much.
I really didn't even know how big the image squares would end up until I was finished since I hadn't done Tunisian crochet before.
Good luck!.... suki

aimforsky said...

Thanks! You did a very good job on it for your first time!

All So Cute said...

awwww! It`s soooo pretty!

sukigirl said...

Thanks so much All So Cute!
This is my most popular project :)
It's funny because when I worked on it I had no idea how it would come out.

Maria DiLorenzo said...

I am having trouble finding pictures of the same size with other characters. I like the size of your afghan but how large were your pictures? how many stitches across and how may rows did you make?

sukigirl said...

Hi Maria....when I created my charts using the site microrevolt (link posted in my post) I used images of all different sizes. I chose the grid which was 48 stitches wide and 64 stitches height for all of my images so that they would all come out the same size. If you do use this site to generate your charts make sure you use the knit option and NOT the crochet option. Otherwise they will come out distorted.

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