How to Crochet Photos

By Joy Prescott ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
Crocheting is a skill often passed down through generations of family members.

A crocheted photo is a unique way to display a treasured image. Make the photo into a wall hanging, pillow or afghan as a special gift. Convert the photo to a graphed chart using stitch software, photo editing software or online software before crocheting. Each square on the chart becomes a single crochet stitch and indicates when to change colors, allowing you to bring the image to life in crochet.

Decide how many colors you want to use when crocheting the image. Keeping colors to a minimum makes the image easier to crochet because there are fewer color changes. Two-color images are easiest to crochet. Using multiple colors involves carrying the colors along and using tapestry crochet techniques.

Decide what kind of item you want to crochet such as an afghan and then choose an appropriate yarn weight and hook size. Make a swatch of single-crochet stitches using your chosen yarn and hook to determine the size of the finished product. For example, a swatch that consists of four stitches per inch makes a finished product 25 inches across when using a chart that is 100 squares across.

Use cross-stitch software, photo-editing software or online software to convert the digital image to a graphed chart. Use stitch software such as PCStitch to convert a digital image to a graphed chart. The software automatically maps photo colors to cross-stitch floss colors. You can then pick yarn colors that match the floss colors. Use the mosaic effect in photo-editing software such as Corel PaintShop Photo Pro to modify the digital image. Print the image to use as a chart. Use online software such as KnitPro or Picture Craft Work to generate a graphed chart. Upload the image file from your computer to a website and the software generates the chart. Charts are available for free or a small fee.

Work row 1. Make a foundation chain consisting of the number of chain stitches that equal the number of stitches across the bottom of your chart. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Change colors as needed to match the colors on the chart. Each square on the chart equals one single crochet stitch. Chain one and turn.

Work subsequent rows. Work each row in single crochet following the chart as needed. Chain one and turn each row.

Work an edging. Work a round of single crochet stitches evenly around the outside of the crocheted photo. Work one single crochet in each single crochet stitch and in the edge of each row of single crochet. Work three single crochet in each corner. Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch. Trim off the yarn to leave a 2-inch tail attached to the completed item. Pull the tail through the last loop and pull it snug. Weave the tail into the back of the item.

About the Author

Joy Prescott has over 12 years experience as a technical writer. Since 1980 she has been a professional crochet pattern designer, publishing in many crochet magazines including "Crochet!" and "Crochet World," and in books such as "Today’s Crochet: Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America." Prescott has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.