Introducing Todd Paschall of Crochet By Numbers.
I learned of Todd Paschall through a friend, Veronica, who was working on an heirloom portrait of her parents at the dinner table at their wedding. The picture dated back to the 50’s. She was crocheting a replica as an afghan and using a pattern created by Todd.
I was taken back by the detail. I watched her gladly go through the stitches. I was blown away by the detail of the pattern but how simple it was as well. I was floored at the 45 pages of the pattern stitches required, but as Veronica demonstrated to me, it’s not as daunting as one might think. I was amazed how fast it was too!
Todd’s patterns take the mystery work out of the photograph. There’s no counting of boxes in a diagram. So you don’t have to sit there and count really tiny boxes to ensure you get the pattern right. Todd has simplified the process.
To protect his methods of achieving the pattern, I am choosing not to elaborate on how he does what he does. His patterns range from $75 which include an online class on how to do his methods. He will also create the pattern for a photograph you have submitted. He’s great for giving tips on what kinds of photos work the best.
With Crochet By Numbers, you don’t sit there and count boxes like you might be thinking. Todd has it worked out for you to follow along with very simple directions. In watching Veronica work, I noticed she labelled a code number on her yarn balls to match Todd’s pattern. Veronica was commenting that it’s easier if she labels the ball with the code number to prevent herself from making an error of choosing the wrong yarn when doing the details.
Very bluntly speaking, many crocheters will believe his price point is out of line. The truth of the matter is that Todd’s method is a huge time saver and is generating a pattern that is unique to you. I believe that you won’t just flip through your photos and just randomly pick a photo to transform. Crocheters will carefully choose because they know the project is going to be exceptionally meaningful at the end. His pattern pricing is extremely reasonable considering the details and customization qualities.
Veronica was commenting how nice Todd is to communicate with. She ordered 5 patterns from him once she realized how simple his method was. I think she is hook’d, but in a fabulous way. She’s even smiling while crocheting which shows her enthusiasm and personalization to the pattern. Occasionally, she rests the afghan from a distance to see how she is progressing as it’s not always easy to tell from close up. She is going to frame her afghan as a wall hanging afterwards.
- Pattern Abbreviations for Crochet (thecrochetcrowddotcom.wordpress.com)