Crochet by Numbers: Crochet Portraits

Crochet Portraits

Transform you photographs to a life size Crochet Masterpiece. Use Todd Paschall’s Crochet By Numbers Technique

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.

If this is something you are even remotely interested in, visit his facebook for examples and communications directly with Todd, Crochet by Numbers.


About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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14 Responses to Crochet by Numbers: Crochet Portraits

  1. Dede says:

    Just so u all know you can learn this for free by some extremely talented ladies and they charge a minimal fee for graph / patterns. Im sorry but some of us want to learn without being robbed finacially when we are in a income challenged time. So please dont miss out on the opportunity to make these becuz you cant afford it and yes, its basically u pay for videos. Nothing more. If u wanna ck out the free place to learn, i found hookagraph creations on facebook all by accident. These ladies are great and only help. Please give them a try u wont be disappointed

  2. Mick San says:

    Lee Mac at is awesome. She challenged us to learn to create herwn pattern like she did….and well, I took her up on her challenge. I’m creating my own patterns too. I did take Todd’s online training, but for some it can be cost prohibitive. I have offered a Justin Bieber pattern ( yes, a few moms have thanked me), a Rainbow Peace Sign, and a Vin Diesel ( looking quite sexy) for free to anyone who reaches out. You will find that this is addictive, but you create some really awesome pieces that will shock family and friends! 😀

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  7. Skye says:

    Mikey did you know there is an offshoot of cbn already… The young lady is amazing she lives in australia and has several awards from her full color pieces… Her name is Lee Mac and her site is She has step by step tutorials and even some free patterns!!! Which is awesome while you are learning! She is also on ravelry as totallee and a group on there as well !!! Check it out! Now she did learn from Todd and he is amazing for creating this technique! But she has taken it beyond the par.

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  10. Jan Robison says:

    What I don’t understand is what is included.I’m the $75? The video? Does it include the program to create your own pattern? Please let me know! Thanls

    • Morning Jan, I suggest you ask Todd to break down the costs for you. I don’t believe you get a program. You get the tutorial to show you how to do the concept and then your photograph is converted to a pattern. I could be wrong, I would suggest emailing him through his website to ask him. He’s a really nice guy and people who have dealt with him say he’s really great to communicate with. I have been communicating with him as well and find the same thing.

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