Introduction: Super Mario Screenshot Afghan

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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.

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:

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Step 10: Pattern Part 8:


TeenaRolley (author)2017-09-24

In the process of making it. So 218 sc across about 319 vertically? I had to substitute a few colors. My hub is colorblind so he doesnt really care. Any tips?

KatherineP23 (author)2016-05-09

Could you please post yarn amounts needed for each color , thanks

KaylaS23 (author)2016-04-18

Getting prepared to start this thing. Problem though...the files for image 5 and 6 are the exact same. Please fix this! I signed up for the whole instructables Pro thing just for this one pattern and I'm sad I can't complete the project without it! I just downloaded it 1/24/16!

JV1 (author)2014-11-19

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.

J.m.C3 (author)JV12016-04-15

I love this pattern for Mario but I'm not really a visual person so I'm having a hard time doing this without a pattern. Do u know where i can print out this pattern?

lacemaker527 (author)JV12015-12-20

Thank you so much for listing the amounts of yarn you used. I am getting ready to start this for my grandson, and headed to JoAnn's for the background yarn (I have everything else in sufficient quantity) for their 25% off entire purchase sale today. I had no idea how much to buy. This is LOADS of help!

Hv27 (author)JV12015-07-11

Quick question, if you had done it in Red Heart Super Saver about how many skiens do you think it would take?

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

Thank you so much for the pattern - it was a ton of fun to make, and I learned a lot of new skills. I also learned how to put up with a bagillion bobbins! This took me around 10 months working on it in my free time, and around 29 skeins of yarn. Yarn counts given by the commenter JV1 were pretty accurate (thanks!). I did substitute the Mario colors from the original instructions. Mine ended up being 72" x 58" finished. On to the next project - happy crocheting!

FranceO (author)2016-01-06

It won't let me download :( Is there something I have to do ?

crennels (author)2012-04-02

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.

allisontendo (author)crennels2012-04-02

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!

schown (author)allisontendo2015-12-07

I know this is an old post but the images are still wrong on file 5 and 6, they are still both the same.... Really would like to make this but am unsure as I will need the pattern for the sky and when to put in the blocks. Thanks

crennels (author)crennels2012-04-03

Thank you so much for fixing that!

rbaldwin4 (author)2015-09-12

even I ♡♡this one ,grreat work.

DeandrasCrafts (author)2012-04-01

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. =)

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?

Hv27 (author)allisontendo2015-07-11

Oh. My. GOSH!!!! TETRIS?!!!!?!!!! That was my favorite game as a kid,i still play (im quite good,not to toot my own horn or anything) i MUST make it!!!! Is the graph available??

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. :)

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?

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).

Hv27 (author)2015-07-11

I LOVE graphghans!!! Your graphghan is awesome!!! If you had done it in Red Heart Super Saver yarn, about how many skiens do you think it would take? Just trying to figure out cost of materials. I want to make this soon :) Thank you!!!

ShanaM1 (author)2015-06-26

i was wondering if you could tell me how you made the picture graph for this project. i would like to do other mario crochet projects but i cant find a good way to make the graph like you did. please help.

thanks a bunch

notme98 (author)2015-06-01

patricia.heckmanbailey (author)2015-03-07

AWSOME! MY son loves it!!

nakafeero.m.caroline (author)2015-02-03

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

diana.ludwick.92 (author)2014-09-24

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

bkohl (author)2014-06-08

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. :-)

neverno12 (author)2014-02-17

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

jturner42 (author)neverno122014-06-02

Yes. In intarsia you start on the lower right of the pattern.

carolderosa (author)2013-08-17

Signed up for pro membership so that you could tell me how to change colors as I work. Please don't disappoint me.

jturner42 (author)carolderosa2014-06-02

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.

cowboyzprincess (author)2014-04-21

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.

jturner42 (author)2014-06-02

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!

Jj55 (author)2014-03-20

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?


mquinn9 (author)2014-01-11

Sorry please delete that thought I was on my husbands text :)

mquinn9 (author)2014-01-11

Well the bed is clear and waiting for you

mquinn9 (author)2014-01-10

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?

carolderosa (author)2013-08-17

Is this two-sided? And you have to cut and weave in ends every time you change colors?

thetland (author)2013-02-23

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.

glespi (author)2013-02-20

down loaded mario afghan pattern however download 5 of 8 and 6 of 8 are the same, missing a part of the pattern

oneangelonly (author)2013-02-19

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.

dyorton (author)2013-02-19

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!

MoodyMom3 (author)2013-02-19

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!

leddie (author)2013-02-19


anthonyncain (author)2013-02-18

How big is the finished project??? I am so going to make this!!!

miabolla (author)2013-01-12

Wow, really nice work! How did you make your pattern, with the linear and horizontal lines that makes a stitch?

breddish (author)2012-03-27

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)breddish2012-03-27

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 :)

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