Picture of Super Mario Screenshot Afghan
Just like a ton of other people, I am a huge video game fan...and when I bought my first home a couple years ago I knew that I planned on having at least one room's decor entirely devoted to video games. Well, that one room quickly turned into an entire basement dedicated to retro gaming!

Retro game sprites translate to most craft projects very easily because they can be counted out pixel by pixel, which is also the basis for many crafting mediums. This blanket was no different...which made it much simpler than everyone thinks!

The whole thing is done using single crochet, so that is the only stitch you need to know how to do in order to make this afghan.
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Step 1: Materials Needed:

The materials needed for this project are as follows:

-- Size J Crochet Hook
-- Scissors

I used Red Heart brand yarn in the following colors, but any brand of worsted weight yarn should do:

-- Parakeet Blue  (sky background)
-- Olympic Blue  (Mario's overalls)
-- Jockey Red  (Mario's shirt)
-- Light Peach  (Mario's skin/ground)
-- Emerald Green  (grass/turtle shell)
-- Silver Grey  (cloud accent)
-- Tangerine  (question block)
-- Honey Gold  (inside of question black/turtle accents)
-- Claret Brown  (ground/bricks/goomba)
-- White
-- Black

Step 2: Pattern Instructions:

In the follow steps I'll be including a pattern in the form of a grid lined picture.

For this project, I think the illustrated pattern is much easier to follow than a written out one -- the picture makes a good reference for stitch counts in case you get lost, and it also make it very clear as to where exactly the yarn color changes occur -- however, the pattern is very large and needed to be broken into several files to allow the grid to be large and visible.

Each square on the grid represents 1 single crochet stitch.

Step 3: Pattern Part 1:

Step 4: Pattern Part 2:

Step 5: Pattern Part 3:

Step 6: Pattern Part 4:

Step 7: Pattern Part 5:

Step 8: Pattern Part 6:

Step 9: Pattern Part 7:

Step 10: Pattern Part 8:

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AWSOME! MY son loves it!!

Oh my GOd, what a beautifuuuuul piece, i have to try it out. thanks for the big heart to share.

JV14 months ago

I just finished this Super Mario Afghan on November 11, 2014, and it took me approximately 2 months from start to finish. I started with 2 rows of black and worked from bottom to top. I am left handed, so I worked mine from left to right. It is helpful to keep track of where you are if you number your rows as you go. I used 18 (3.5 oz) skeins of Red Heart Classic Parakeet Worsted (4) yarn. You can get by with 1 skein for most of the colors, but if you use the Classic (3.5 oz.) you will need at least 2-3 skeins of the white and black. I could not find a "Claret Brown", so I used Red Heart Super Saver Claret, and it took 2 (7 oz.) skeins. Most of the yarn that I used for this project was Red Heart Classic, but for some of the colors I did use some Red Heart Super Saver yarn. If I had it to do over, I would probably try to use all Red Heart Super Saver in similar colors because it comes in bigger skeins and is cheaper. The finished afghan is big enough to fit a queen-sized bed. I ended up with 319 rows total, (Not including an extra row around for border) each row being 218 sc across. I love doing intarsia, but this involves multiple color changes throughout with a lot of loose ends to weave in as you go, so it may not be enjoyable for everyone. Yarn bobbins are very helpful in keeping the different colors of yarn organized when doing intarsia. They are inexpensive and can be found at and many other places that carry yarn supplies.

Does anyone know how much Parakeet Blue yarn to use for this pattern and what are the approx. finished measurements?

bkohl9 months ago
This is amazing and I'm going to have to make it for my 7 year old son. He's Mario obsessed and had been asking me to crochet him a blanket, this one is just perfect. :-)
neverno121 year ago

Would I start this at the step 10? I don't quite understand the top being step one.

Yes. In intarsia you start on the lower right of the pattern.
Signed up for pro membership so that you could tell me how to change colors as I work. Please don't disappoint me.
Check out this video for intarsia crochet. Keep all tails to back of work and the blanket will look good on both sides. Better in the front but still nice on the back side of the work.

did anyone ever find aout about the amount of skeins needed for each color?

I will let you know how much I use once I finish. This will take some time but my husband is very excited for me to get it done.
jturner429 months ago
I am about to start this pattern and noticed that Mario, the turtle and the goomba are outlined in black but aren't in the PDF files. Is this a modification to the pattern or laid over after the blanket has been made? Also, I will post how much of each color I used. Thanks in advance!
Jj551 year ago

hi could you give quantities of wool . Advice on colour changing .also advice on hiding yarns on colour change . is it 2 sided ? And do I start at the bottom of the afghan?


mquinn91 year ago
Sorry please delete that thought I was on my husbands text :)
mquinn91 year ago
Well the bed is clear and waiting for you
mquinn91 year ago
How many skeins of each color do I need and what does the back look like? Do I tie the colors together on each row?
Is this two-sided? And you have to cut and weave in ends every time you change colors?
thetland2 years ago
Love the pattern and plan to make it but you left out a couple important to me things :) What are the measurements of the finished afghan and how many skiens per color do I need? I would rather buy all the yarn at once then to have to go back to get some and have them no longer stock or be out of stock :). Also wish I didn't have to sign up just to get this information.
glespi2 years ago
down loaded mario afghan pattern however download 5 of 8 and 6 of 8 are the same, missing a part of the pattern
I just noticed that the pattern 5 of 8 and pattern 6 of 8 are exactly the same. I know they shouldn't be could you check on this. I love this pattern and look forward to making it.
dyorton2 years ago
I totally NEED to make this for my kid's room! But I haven't been crocheting very long. As for as following the patterns, is it better to start with a chain and work from the top or the bottom? Also I would have to cut everytime switching colors right? Thanks!
MoodyMom32 years ago
It appears that file 5 and 6 are the same. Is that correct? I would love to make this for my son. I LOVE it!
leddie2 years ago
How big is the finished project??? I am so going to make this!!!
miabolla2 years ago
Wow, really nice work! How did you make your pattern, with the linear and horizontal lines that makes a stitch?
breddish3 years ago
Hate to be a buzz kill, but there is only one problem with it. The colors on Mario are wrong. In the original Super Mario Bros. for NES, Mario had red overalls and a brown undershirt. He also had and has always had a red hat. I'm not saying I don't like it though. It is quite simply outstanding.
allisontendo (author)  breddish3 years ago
Gah! Busted!

I know, I know...but here's why, I tried to do it with a brown shirt and red overalls, but I couldn't get yarn colors that were exact enough to make it look right. The browns kept clashing with the red and it made it look like Mario's shirt and pants sort of faded together and he looked kind of blob-like.
Going with the Donkey Kong Mario was kind of a last resort.

As far as the hat goes...yeah, you're totally right...I have no idea why I did that blue instead of red.

...and it's REALLY bothering me right now.
THANKS, for pointing that out! lol :)
I thought you changed the colors in a lame attempt at not getting sued :)

This is so cool I might just crochet my 2nd item. The first was a scarf 20 years ago.
I hope you win! You are my new crochet master and I bow down to your pattern writing skills. I will be making your future Tetris one, when you complete it. That was my favorite game growing up. =)
allisontendo (author)  DeandrasCrafts2 years ago
Aw, thanks! :) ME TOOOOO! lol

I've got a big dilema with the Tetris one though!

I've decided to make it granny square style, but I can't decide how to lay it out...full lines or not full lines? OR, should I only put Tetris pieces on the bottom half and have a piece falling? Like, maybe a straight piece falling in to place to make a Tetris? Ahhhh, can't decide!

What do you think?
tetris afghan.JPG
If I were to do one, I would probably try to piece it together like a puzzle and not have the spaces, BUT, as a gamer, I know the rows would have collapsed without the spaces. Hmmm...
It's got to be the one with the spaces then, right? I wonder if anyone else agrees.
Also, I like less assembly; so would it be more true to the game if the blocks were one piece or joined by granny squares? I'm going to have to get the game boy out and check now. :)
allisontendo (author)  DeandrasCrafts2 years ago
Saaaaame thing I was thinking!...I like the look of the one on the left better, but I don't know if I would feel right making it since it could never happen. As much as I dislike joining squares, I don't think the blocks would look right if they weren't comprised of smaller squares.

And then...this is also an option...
(Do you see why I said I was still just contemplating it? So many decisions! lol)
That above picture is EXACTLY what I was thinking. BUT how hard is that going to be!
That was off of the old Nintendo version. What about the game boy version. The screen was smaller so it didn't show the stats. I found a picture but it's not in color.
How about something like this, with the colored blocks and black spaces in the game area?
allisontendo (author)  DeandrasCrafts2 years ago
That would be neat!
Then we can use bright colors like the first set of pictures and not feel compelled to use a color pallet from one of the NES Tetris levels (which was dilema #726 I was dealing with).
Amazing crochet work! How long did this take you? I can feel my hand cramping just looking at this!
allisontendo (author)  RollerScrapper2 years ago
Thanks! I LOOOOVE your burger gloves!
crennels2 years ago
I don't know if I did something wrong, But one piece of the pattern is missing. Mario and the blocks repeats I need the first row 3rd down over the green hill.
Thank you so much for fixing that!
allisontendo (author)  crennels2 years ago
Oh! Sorry about that! I posted the same one twice. I just fixed it, so, the one you need is part 5 of 8.
Thanks for catching that!
kathynv3 years ago
That is utterly amazing, and a real labor of love, doing the whole thing in single crochet. I am completely impressed and will be telling people "Did you see that amazing afghan?" all day long.Thank you for sharing your patterns with the world.
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