Introduction: 8-Bit Mario Blanket - Made From Granny Squares

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This blanket is made 100% of crocheted granny squares.  To follow this instructable, you must be able to crochet a granny square.  If you have never made one, they are not difficult, please see my previous instructable here.  If you have never crocheted before, start here.

Required Supplies:
 - 1 crochet hook, size H8/5mm (nearly any size will work, this is just what I used)
 - 4 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver, Blue
 - 2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver, Brown
 - 2 Skeins of Red Heart Super Saver, Tan
 - 3 Skeins of Red Heart Super Saver, Red
 - 1 Large Sewing Needle

Total cost - approximately $25.00 (USD)

Step 1: Planning the Project

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The first step to making this blanket is to thoroughly plan out your work.  Download this spreadsheet for a detailed layout.  You can edit this to your liking. 

It is a good idea to buy all of the yarn at once.  You never know when the store may run out of a needed color and not restock.  You can buy Red Heart Super Saver yarn at most places, such as Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and more.

Step 2: Make a Granny Square

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Now that you are prepared and ready, let's being by making a granny square

Repeat 251 more times :)

You can see from the spreadsheet, you will need the following quantities:

 - Brown- 54
 - Red- 45
 - Tan- 42
 - Blue- 109

Step 3: Sew Together Individual Squares Into Rows

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Starting with Row one, lay out the correct colors for that row.  So as to not make any mistakes, use safety pins to attach squares. 

disconnect the first two squares to be sewn together.

Lay them face to face

Using  your large needle and matching color yarn as thread, sew the squares together.  A basic wip stitch works best.

Disconnect the next square in line and sew it to the previously sewn pair.  Repeat this until all squares from the row are connected.

Sew together all squares to form all 18 rows of the blanket.

Step 4: Sew Together All Rows

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Now that you have all of your horizontal rows, it's time to sew them together to form the blanket.

Lay out the rows in the proper order and inspect to make sure everything is in order.

Sew together the rows, just as you did the individual squares:
Lay rows one and two together, face to face.  Sew using same wip stitch as before.

Step 5: Crochet Binding Around Edge of Blanket

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Using red yarn, do a single crochet in every stitch all the way around the blanket.

Using same red  yarn, do a half-double crochet all the way around.

Step 6: Conclusion

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This completes the 8-Bit mario Blanket.  You can see some pictures of the final product here.

Also, for your consideration, here are some other famous 8-bit characters you may wish to use instead of Mario.

I hope you have enjoyed this instructable.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.


hbunn2016 (author)2017-01-12

What size are the squares for each color?

AngelaK36 (author)2016-04-21

I am working on a Mario blanket and I'm wondering what colour you used for joining? Thanks for your help!

SharnaS1 (author)AngelaK362016-05-02

i used the same colors as the squares ... ie a blue and blue together i joined with blue ... blue and brown i used blue or brown x

SharnaS1 made it! (author)2016-05-02

took me 4 months ! on and off got bored picked it up have kids running around was soooo worth it though thankyou !!

yeppers made it! (author)2016-02-11

This was such a great concept and fun to do, and after it all, I still love making granny squares! Thanks for the instructable and pattern idea!!

kt9887 made it! (author)2016-01-23

I made one too. Thanks for the great instructions! Mine turned out super super huge. Should cover a king size bed no problem. :) I keep forgetting that i should do a guage test because when I crochet its always double in size. ?

anner1 (author)2016-01-18

Ha ha! This is such a great idea! And your execution is fabulous. Nice work!

_chink_ (author)2013-06-24

I finally finished my blanket!! (2.5 years later) I was getting so discouraged when I started to join things together as my squares weren't uniform, and things were getting puffy and lumpy. But then I learnt about steam blocking finished items made with acrylic yarn. Thank you so much for the 'ible =D

MegW7 (author)_chink_2016-01-16

Did you put the blanket together and steam block the whole thing, or did you do each square individually?

NicoleP8 (author)_chink_2015-07-06

Hi. Just wondering how many balls of wool you needed to make this? Thanks

Ashlyn Feld (author)_chink_2015-06-17

Adorable blanket -chink-!

russm313 (author)_chink_2013-06-24

That is AWESOME! I am seriously impressed. That looks fantastic! Way to go! Glad you figured out the blocking trick. I should have included that in the instructable, but I didn't have to do it with mine, so I didn't think about it.

JoLovesMe (author)russm3132015-04-22

I love the skull, but cannot seem to be able to find the pattern here

HalNicci (author)JoLovesMe2015-05-06

On the last step there is a spreadsheet with different characters on it. You just have to move the picture you want onto the spreadsheet with the mario image to figure out how much of everything you need

AnnaG51 (author)2016-01-01

hpw big are the squares

meanddon1218 (author)2015-12-22

I am trying to download the pdf for this and i cannot

MarionK1 (author)2015-12-04

I am 86 years old. aaaaaai don't want my settings changed, as I am not computer smart! I do however like your patterns. Can you help?

StefaniaB1 (author)2015-10-10

I can't seem to be able to download the rest of the patterns. It's just a huge yellow back drop with various images.

CoreyC10 (author)StefaniaB12015-10-10

I think that is just suggestions for other characters you could try... as far as the goku pattern I like to search for 8 bit crochet or perler bead patterns ... like this one :

once you can see the grid each square is a granny square. Or I make my own using grid paper.

Hope this helps!

StefaniaB1 made it! (author)2015-10-10

My friend requested a goku blanket but I can't seem to find any 8 bit patterns. How can I make a pattern for it? I've attached a picture of what i would like to make. I've tried different pattern makers out there with now luck. thank you.

StefaniaB1 (author)2015-10-10

My friend requested a goku blanket but I can't seem to find any 8 bit patterns. How can I make a pattern for it? I've attached a picture of what i would like to make. I've tried different pattern makers out there with now luck. thank you.

StefaniaB1 (author)2015-10-10

My friend requested a goku blanket but I can't seem to find any 8 bit patterns. How can I make a pattern for it? I've attached a picture of what i would like to make. I've tried different pattern makers out there with now luck. thank you.

Ashlyn Feld (author)2015-06-17

Your sewing is so neat and clean! And the blanket is so awesome! You are good at sewing!

Ashlyn Feld (author)2015-06-17

Can someone help me send pics to instructables? I am new to this and this is one of my biggest projects ever! So please respond.

Ashlyn Feld (author)2015-06-17

I am 11 years old and I am making a luigi blanket for my little bro. I have been working on it for a long time! I am not very close to being done! I only made like 30 squares :(

EliseB1 (author)2015-05-31

How did you make the Mario pattern in your spread sheet?

janice.butera (author)2015-01-27

What are the measurements for the finished blanket

tshurben made it! (author)2014-10-21

Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions! I've never crocheted before, and you made it very simple to learn. I made the squares a bit smaller so I could do a bit more with the background. Here is my finished blanket :)

katwiley (author)tshurben 2015-01-13

and how big was the final project? TYIA

tshurben (author)katwiley2015-01-13

Hi! My squares were about 2.5" and each square was 2 rows (the center square plus 1 row around it).
The full blanket was 20 rows long by 16 rows wide and measured about 54x40"

Hope that helps!

tshurben (author)tshurben 2015-01-13

Oops, I realized I had a typo. It was 21 squares long... Not 20.

katwiley (author)tshurben 2015-01-13

You said you made your squares smaller, how big do they measure?/how many rows did you do? Thanks :)

russm313 (author)tshurben 2014-10-21

Very nice!!!

JudyR1 (author)2015-01-13

Would it be possible to get the pattern and instructions for "Link"

dayna.brown.3152 (author)2014-10-11

Hi love this pattern was wondering if I could do this in tunisan style and if so how many rows do I do to make a square ?

CherieS (author)2014-09-08

Is it better to sew the squares together or is it alright to do the join as you go method with this?

tcarr9 (author)2014-07-26

I am currently working on this project. But i cannot seem to find the right type of yarn for Mario's skin color. Could you possibly tell me what color tan you used? My email is

jujube1960 (author)tcarr92014-07-30

I used the color Aran by Red Heart

tcarr9 (author)jujube19602014-08-01

my fiancee picked out that color. But it looked off to me. My friends and i were looking into the color Cornmeal possibly?

jujube1960 made it! (author)2014-07-30

Working on my second one. The first one I made for my son and this one is for a woman who ordered one. Great project. Wish I could find more patterns like this.

tcarr9 (author)jujube19602014-08-01

There are a ton on pinterest, if you search 8 bit crochet. I found a lot of amazing characters i want to try

pidgeon1973 (author)2014-06-26

I would like to make a blanket now for a 3 yr old girl can any suggest what to make and where to get a pattern?

pidgeon1973 (author)pidgeon19732014-06-26

oh yeah here you will need my email I am making Mario for her older brother who is 5 and now she wants one need help

DawnL (author)2014-02-27

can you email me the pattern/instructions for link (the legend of Zelda guy)? Also anything on ninja turtles?

DawnL (author)DawnL2014-02-27

guess my email address would help, its @russm313

DawnL (author)2014-02-27

Does anyone have a ninja turtle pattern that they would be willing to share?

DawnL (author)2014-02-24

just starting this blanket for my nephew, I'm soon excited! He's going to love it!

Chelley815 (author)2014-01-22

Oh holy wow!!! This is freaking fabulous! I have about 2 months until my son's 6th Birthday and he has been begging for a Mario theme birthday. The best part about this, I have all these colours already!! STASH BUSTER PATTERN!!!! Pleasing Husband, Child and self all in one - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

luzma (author)2013-08-30

i'm almost halfway done with mine :)

russm313 (author)luzma2013-09-27

That is amazing! Can't wait to see the finished project.

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