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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)

 
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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

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.

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CherieS10 days ago

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

tcarr91 month ago

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 tamoracarr@gmail.com

I used the color Aran by Red Heart

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!1 month ago

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.

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

pidgeon19732 months ago

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?

oh yeah here you will need my email tina.pidgeon@gmail.com. I am making Mario for her older brother who is 5 and now she wants one too...lol need help

DawnL6 months ago

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

DawnL DawnL6 months ago

guess my email address would help, its dleonard80@gmail.com @russm313

DawnL6 months ago

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

DawnL6 months ago

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

Chelley8157 months ago

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!

luzma1 year ago
i'm almost halfway done with mine :)
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russm313 (author)  luzma11 months ago
That is amazing! Can't wait to see the finished project.
luzma russm3138 months ago

I finally finished it!

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russm313 (author)  luzma8 months ago

Amazing! Great work!

katiekrieger8 months ago
It's so cool to see the wonderful things you have inspired these people to try an even have me wanting to try my son loves Mario this would give me time to learn an have a very cool blanket ready for Christmas thank you I'll have to learn how to do this
Majtolycus8 months ago
Spent about $80 and 6 months to make a Luigi blanket based on your instructable for my younger brother (not so young anymore, he is 26). Gave it to him for Xmas this year and it was a big hit. Thanks!

 
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Majtolycus8 months ago
Howdy! Finally finished my Luigi blanket based on your instructable. Total cost was about $80 on Vanna's Choice yarn (expensive but sooooo soft and warm), a size G hook and a couple of tapestry needles.

It took me about 6 months crocheting in between customers to do the squares and less than a month to sew them all together upon becoming unemployed... plenty of time to spend on crafts and a happier canine companion now at least! :) She did not get to keep the blanket however... I gave it to my little brother for Xmas -- not so little really, he is 26 -- and it was a big hit.

yeppers9 months ago
I've sewn together all of my granny squares into rows, but how do you sew together the rows? Do you change colors throughout or do you stick to one, more neutral color? Help, I'm almost done!
lcallahan410 months ago
Hello, on your pricing for the Mario blanket, I am curious where you purchase yarn that you are able to buy 10 skeins for $25.00. Thanks :)
nonabonie11 months ago
finished my blanket! Having never sucessfully crocheted before, the vids for granny squares were very easy to follow. really enjoyed making this! now i need something eles to crochet! found some converse booties that are pritty cool...think i'll need to hone my skills.
thanks for the instructable. heres my blanket..
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russm313 (author)  nonabonie11 months ago
LOVE IT!
barr43012 months ago
I made this for my great nephew. The directions were easy to follow and for someone who has never even made a granny square I must say I did alright :) thank you for the great tutorial
candi11 year ago
Very nice!
hextwite1 year ago
This looks awesome! I am 12 and this is my first REAL project.
_chink_1 year ago
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

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russm313 (author)  _chink_1 year ago
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.
rasarlene1 year ago
Hi, can you e-mail the pikachu pattern to me please? thanks in advance. arlene_avis@hotmail.com
KC0GRN1 year ago
Well it's been a while since I started, and I'm not done yet, but I've completed all of the blue! Now just to finish the rest of the colors, now that I'm seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Mine will be large enough to cover a king size bed after it's assembled.
russm313 (author)  KC0GRN1 year ago
This sounds epic! Can wait to see a pic :)
can u please send me this pattern, my son would love it..tyvm acker732011@hotmail.com
kimberlion1 year ago
Does anyone have instructions for a Minecraft creeper blanket yet? I was thinking of mapping one out if a pattern didn't already exist. It wouldn't be too hard, a creeper is only green, beige/white and black.
Any help would help right now, I'm still kinda new to crochet.
thanks, Kim.
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flare082 years ago
hey i was wondering how do you grid out pictures
khu13 years ago
Hi, I'm making a Pikachu version, and I'd like to post my "key" for anybody who would like to do the same. It's a 22 x 21 granny square pattern, so it has 462 squares altogether and is quite large and almost square. However, I just adore Pokemon (always have and always will) and I had to do it!!

Keep in mind that this isn't the original 8-bit Pikachu. I've altered his ears slightly!!
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Ninjab08 khu12 years ago
Could you email this to me as well ninjab08@yahoo.com also how did you figure out how to make the chart I would love to try a yoshi blanket just don't know where to start thank you!
khu1 Ninjab082 years ago
I just sent you an e-mail with the pattern. As far as planning or making your own template goes, I just searched google images for a picture of an 8bit Pikachu. Then I chose the one I liked the best and started using excel to make a template that I could understand. I just made the individual cells square and made them a size that I felt I could work with. To color the cells, I simply used the highlight function in the excel toolbar. I hope this helps! Good luck with your projects!
khu1 khu12 years ago
Also, if you don't find anything when you search 8bit Yoshi, don't be discouraged. Try searching "beaded Yoshi" as well.
sarahnkids khu12 years ago
Can you email me this? blueeyedgirl10@gmail.com
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