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

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

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

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

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

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.

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BarryF33

11 months ago

Anyone else struggling with varying thickness of the yarn? It's all Red Heard Super Saver, but the red & brown are significantly thicker than the blue & tan, so the square sizes are off. I tried blocking them and even using a smaller gauge hook for red & brown, but didn't have any luck. I'm just starting to stitch the rows together and I'm worried that a year's worth of work is about to fall apart :(

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hbunn2016

2 years ago

What size are the squares for each color?

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AngelaK36

2 years ago

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

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SharnaS1AngelaK36

Reply 2 years ago

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

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anner1

3 years ago

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

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5 years ago on Introduction

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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MegW7_chink_

Reply 3 years ago

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

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NicoleP8_chink_

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

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russm313_chink_

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.

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HalNicciJoLovesMe

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

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AnnaG51

3 years ago

hpw big are the squares

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meanddon1218

3 years ago

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

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MarionK1

3 years ago

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?

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StefaniaB1

3 years ago

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.

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CoreyC10StefaniaB1

Reply 3 years ago

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 :

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/374291419001915280/

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

Hope this helps!

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StefaniaB1

3 years ago

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.

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StefaniaB1

3 years ago

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.

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Ashlyn Feld

3 years ago on Introduction

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