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

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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.

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janice.butera2 months ago

What are the measurements for the finished blanket

tshurben made it!5 months ago

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 :)


and how big was the final project? TYIA

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

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

russm313 (author)  tshurben 5 months ago
Very nice!!!
JudyR12 months ago

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

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 ?
CherieS6 months ago

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

tcarr98 months 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

jujube1960 tcarr98 months ago

I used the color Aran by Red Heart

tcarr9 jujube19608 months ago

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!8 months 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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tcarr9 jujube19608 months ago

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

pidgeon19739 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 I am making Mario for her older brother who is 5 and now she wants one need help

DawnL1 year ago

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

DawnL DawnL1 year ago

guess my email address would help, its @russm313

DawnL1 year ago

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

DawnL1 year ago

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

Chelley8151 year 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)  luzma1 year ago
That is amazing! Can't wait to see the finished project.
luzma russm3131 year ago

I finally finished it!

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russm313 (author)  luzma1 year ago

Amazing! Great work!

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
Majtolycus1 year 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!

Majtolycus1 year 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.

yeppers1 year 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!
lcallahan41 year 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 :)
nonabonie1 year 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)  nonabonie1 year ago
barr4301 year 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

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.
rasarlene2 years ago
Hi, can you e-mail the pikachu pattern to me please? thanks in advance.
KC0GRN2 years 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.
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