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26 comments On Crochet By Numbers Online Course

  • Todd, I am looking into this CBN and can only see that you are the only person that can show how to use this format, I have looked in my area and having no luck, the 75.00 is to steep for me, but even if I save for it (which will be life time to me ) I am kinda skeptical if I can learn it and know what I am doing, I am a self taught crochet person and took me a lot of training in figuring our how to read and redo everything I make, that is pulling out a lot of yarn and starting over, haha, but that’s the experience I had to learn, anyhoo, please reassure me of this hobby, I need cold facts, thanks Snooky

  • Hello, my question is this: On average what is the length of time it would take to make an afghan out of a wedding photo and how do you go about doing that. Would I send you the photo and you work out the pattern and send it back? Are all the afghan’s the same size or does it depend on the individuals taste. Is the yarn you are using special or is it yarn that is easy to come by in a local craft store like A.C.Moore or Michael’s. I live in New Jersey and those two stores are where I usually shop. Are all the photo CBN’s done in the sepia color? Thank you so much for responding to my questions. I would love to try doing this and wondered how time consuming it is and how long it takes to accomplish a project like a wedding photo.

    Sincerely, Marcia Peatross
    Palmyra, NJ

    • Hi Marcia! Thanks for your interest in Crochet By Numbers. There are two phases to making the kind of afghan you describe in your comment. The first phase is to learn the Crochet By Numbers technique. Depending on how quickly you catch on, that can take anywhere from two weeks to a month. As part of the training, you get one personal photo turned into a sepia or brown scale pattern for free, as well as a free pattern from the main CBN website. Todd Paschall, the owner of CBN, does all the patterns; he does not share his pattern making process. You could select the wedding photo you want turned into an afghan as your free photo.

      If you do a search on my blog for Crochet By Numbers, you will find posts about the piece I did of my daughter, which is lapghan size. It took me about two months to do it, working a few hours in the evening. Also, since the pieces you create with the CBN technique are one sided (ties in the back), you will have to back it with fabric. I explain how to do this as part of the training. The yarn used is, for the most part, Red Heart Super Saver for the sepia colored pieces and one color in Vanna’s Choice yarn. For a piece in color as your free photo pattern, Todd charges an $50 extra.

      Once you’ve completed the training, you can order more patterns from Todd ($50 for brown scale; $50 – $100 for color patterns depending on their complexity).

      I hope I’ve answered your questions. If you have more, you can contact me directly at yarnoverpullthrough@gmail.com.


  • I would like to know if this process is similar to cross-stitch? Also, what size picture would be best?

    • Hi Kay, no, Crochet By Numbers isn’t like cross stitch. The pieces are made with yarn, a crochet hook, and the single crochet stitch. As for what size picture would be best, any photo will work, but the more rows and stitches in the pattern, the more detail can be included and the more realistic the finished piece will look. As you can see from the examples, the pieces are more like impressionistic art than exact copies of the photos they are based on. I hope I’ve answered your questions. Let me know if you have more.

  • Are we taught how to pixelate the picture and turn it into a pattern on our own? Or is that something only an instructor can do for us with a special program/software?

    • Hi BelleTerre, the course teaches you how to read and execute a CBN pattern, so no, it doesn’t teach you how to create your own patterns. That’s done by Todd Paschal, the creator of CBN, with software he developed. He also sets the price for the patterns. Let me know if you have other questions.

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  • Hi! I would definitely love to learn this technique but the price is way to steep for me. Is there anyway to learn how to do this without paying so much? I already know how to crochet and do graphghans so I know I can pick it up quickly. Unfortunately, I just can’t afford it right now. What if we just want a pattern, can we order one without taking the course? Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Margie! Yes, if you have graphghan experience you can pick up one of my crochet photo patterns and run with it. I recently learned how to make my own patterns and am in the process of building this aspect of my business. Check out this section of my website for details … http://www.yarnoverpullthrough.com/crochet-photo-patterns. My patterns are comparable in quality to the CBN patterns.

      I don’t have a large selection of pre-made patterns yet because I am working out a kink in the ordering process. I expect to have that resolved in a few days and will start adding more pre-made patterns.

      In the meantime, if you have a personal photo that you’d like to have converted into a pattern, I can definitely do one for you. Email your photo to me at yarnoverpullthrough@gmail.com.

      Finally, I have a couple of free patterns that you can try here … http://www.yarnoverpullthrough.com/free-crochet-photo-patterns … which will give you some practice working with my patterns. I use the cut and tie method when changing colors in patterns that have 8 or more colors, but intarsia crochet is not impossible with these patterns. It just takes a lot more bobbins :-).

      Let me know if you have more questions and thanks so much for your interest in these patterns.

  • My youngest so passed away in 1992 and I want to crochet his picture on an afghan. I hope you can help. Thanks so much!

  • I just received a payment from Diana via William Hubbard’s paypal account for my CBN course. I have tried to send you the first lesson several times, but my email keeps coming back returned from an “unknown sender.” What’s weird is that the email address the return notice gives is not the email address that was listed on the paypal transaction. If you see this comment, Diana, please reply via the contact form or at yarnoverpullthrough@gmail.com. I sent you a refund until we can get this straightened out. Thanks.

    • Patrice, I am not sure what happened but I never got the course. Thanks for the refund but I don’t know what happened?
      My paypal account mixed up my city and state with my husbands name. I live in Hubbard Oregon.
      What e-mail address did you send it too? I have now sent a payment to crochetbynumbersofnc.com but have not received anything from them either. I wonder what is happening?
      Thanks for any insight you might have.
      Diana Schneider
      Hubbard, Oregon 97032

      • Hi Diana, yes, I tried several times to send you the first lesson, but I kept getting a “mailer daemon” response that said the email address wasn’t recognized. That’s why I refunded you the money. The email address I used was what you provided when you paid for the course — dianaa119or@yahoo.com. Here’s part of the return message I kept getting

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        Remote host said: 550 5.1.1 : Recipient address rejected: User unknown [RCPT_TO] …>>

        I don’t know why the email address in the message is a qwest.net address since I sent the email to your yahoo address. Do you think your yahoo account could have been hacked?

        The crochetbynumbersofnc.com is Todd Paschall’s brother, I believe. I’m so sorry you’ve had all this trouble trying to get the training. Let me know if you don’t get a response from Todd’s brother. Perhaps he’s having the same problem I had with your email address. I would suggest getting a gmail email address and contacting him again. I hope this helps.

  • Need to know how I can get started learning crochet by number
    please contact me at the email mail address above thank u

  • Sou brasileira e vivo no Brasil,gostaria de saber se ha possibilidade de fazer o curso on line.Voce tambem da o certificado,posso ensinar depois de aprender.Aguardo sua resposta.

    • I’m so sorry I don’t speak Portuguese, but Google Translate helped me to understand what you are saying. Yes, you can do the Crochet By Numbers course online. But it is in English, so I don’t know if that would be a barrier to you. We can use Google Translate to help us understand each other.

      If you still want to take the course, then click the PayPal button at the bottom of the page to pay for it, and we can get started. Once you have paid, I will send you the first lesson. I’ll give you more details on the instructor certification once we have started. Is your name Fatima?

  • I have a question about the course. so we take it but after taking it we still don’t learn how to create our own pictures afterwards so that we can continue making these? We have to continue to pay for these to be made for us? Thank you.

    • Hi Elaine, thanks for your question. I’m not teaching Crochet By Numbers anymore; after months of research, I’ve learned how to make my own patterns. I call them crochet photo patterns. You can find out more about them here …


      At this point in time, I’m not teaching how to create the patterns since I am selling them; however, my method does not require any training. I offer several free patterns that provide all of the training and practice you need to do the more complex patterns. Start with the Heart pattern and work your way up to the Martin Luther King pattern. The links to the free patterns are here …


      I also offer a small selection of pre-made patterns that you can purchase for instant download. If you have a personal photo that you would like turned into a pattern, I can do that for you, too.

      I hope I’ve answered your questions. If you have more, please feel free to contact me here …



  • ok, on the ladybug how do we count to see how many stitches?

    • Hi Vickie, thanks for your question. If you have downloaded the pattern, then you will see in the instructions that the stitch count is already laid out for you. You simply complete a color/stitch set, check it off with a pencil, change colors, and go to the next color/stitch set. Hope this has answered your question. Let me know if you have more.

  • where can I learn cbn?

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